HTC U11 128 GB with 6 GB RAM Specifications
One mobile phone brand that was finding it difficult to make its mark in the overly populated flagship space is HTC. The company was looking for a comeback with HTC 10 in 2016, and the phone did help the brand to an extent. In 2017, the Taiwanese mobile phone brand took a completely, different route from its 2016 flagship and released HTC U11.
This is the first Alexa integrated phone from HTC and has specs that are sure to impress every buyer looking for a high-end flagship. The unique design of the phone with innovative squeezable sides and amazing camera make it one of the best Android phones currently available in the market. It has got the latest processor with an interface that is surely slicker than anything the brand has ever created.
Exclusive Design for an Exclusive Flagship
• Build and Body
HTC has tried to ensure that every aspect of its new release is as unique as possible. In terms of design too, the back of the phone has a metallic liquid look which the company claims is due to a new technology which allows bonding of highly refractive precious minerals with multiple glass layers. What this means is that the rear looks very different in different lighting conditions. The front too is made from glass and features a frame made from aluminium. Aesthetically, HTC U11 impresses in a way that most other latest flagships cannot.
The phone has a 5.5-inches Super LCD5 capacitive display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels and pixel density of ~534 PPI. The display is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The display is bright and clear in most lighting conditions but can be reflective at times. Also, the auto-brightness feature is a little tricky. There are times when the display isn’t bright enough when outdoors and can be very bright at nights. Overall, the display is satisfactory but in no way a highlight of the phone.
• Hardware and Software
Regarding power too, HTC U11 is very impressive. It has a Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor and an Adreno 540 GPU. The model with 128 GB internal storage has a massive 6GB RAM which along with the chipset delivers incredible performance. No matter how challenging the application is, the phone is sure to leave you impressed in terms of performance. Out-of-the-box, the phone runs on Android Nougat with the HTC Sense UI layer on top. While Sense is not the best Android interface, the brand has done a commendable job with the interface of U11, and everything looks very neat and user-friendly.
What to Expect?
• Battery and Camera
While a lot of flagships now feature double lens at the back, the 12MP rear shooter on U11 has a single lens. However, the improved camera technology ensures that you get to click amazing pictures day in and day out. A lot of imaging analysts has also mentioned that the camera on U11 is the best out there on any Android smartphone. On the front too the phone features a 16MP camera with f/2.0 aperture which does an incredible job of taking selfies.
The phone runs on a 3,000mAh battery that can deliver a talk time of up to 24 hours and 30 minutes and standby of up to 336 hours. The battery also supports Quick Charge 3.0 to ensure that you don’t have to spend a lot of time around power outlets. Combined with Sense Companion which automatically understands how you use your device, you can rest assured that the phone would easily last an entire day no matter how you use it.
• Innovative Features
Probably the most striking feature of HTC U11 is the Edge Sense. It is an innovative idea which allows you to just squeeze the sides of the phone to make it do things. For instance, you can squeeze the bottom half of U11, and it will launch the camera. Once the camera is on, squeeze it again to take a picture or just hold the sides some more to switch to the selfie mode. You also get the option to customise the Edge Sense feature and make the phone do what you want with just the squeeze.
But as the intensity and duration of the squeeze can make the phone do different things, users need some time to get used to it. Nevertheless, it is still an impressive feature which eliminates the need to move your fingers to use the phone.
• HTC Alexa
HTC U11 is also one of the first few phones to integrate Alexa, Amazon’s personal assistant. Simply say “Alexa”, and the phone would listen even if it is asleep. Apart from being a smart assistant like Apple Siri and Samsung S-Voice, a major highlight of Alexa is its ability to connect with a number of smart home devices. There is also a Skills suite of mini-apps on the phone with the help of which you can improve the abilities of Alexa and its conversation with the smart devices in your home.
Pros and Cons
• Stylish mirror finish- The metallic liquid look of the phone looks amazing. The colour or the back actually looks different under different lighting conditions.
• Great cameras- The front and rear cameras too are great. Be it day or night; you are sure to click detailed pictures every time.
• Good audio- While the tweeter and woofer combo in U11 is similar to HTC 10, there are significant improvements in the audio quality.
• Impressive battery life- The phone runs on a 3,000mAh battery which supports Quick Charge 3.0. It can easily last an entire day for most users.
• Innovative features- The phone has a number of innovative features like Edge Sense, Sense Companion and also supports Alexa.
• Attracts fingerprints- While the back panel looks impressive, it easily attracts a lot of fingerprints.
• No headphone jack- Just like many other flagships, HTC has skipped the audio jack in U11.
• Edge Sense is hard to use- A lot of users have mentioned that the Edge Sense feature takes a lot of time to understand and use properly.
• Can be slippery at times- The shiny panel at the back can be slippery at times.
• Sense Companion needs improvement- The Sense Companion feature takes a lot of time to understand the routine of the users and needs further improvements.