First HTC U11 night time photos surface: is this the best smartphone camera around?

HTC's new flagship phone, the U11, has big aspirations: some publications have called it the best camera ever on a phone, but how does it do in one area where smartphone cameras typically struggle, night time photography?

The HTC U11 will be released in early June, but today we see the first test of the U11's 12-megapixel rear camera in night time conditions and the results are nothing short of impressive.

The images were published on Flickr by a user in Asia who seems to have the device before everyone else. You can inspect the images in their full size over at Flickr by clicking the source link below, or you can just check out our gallery right below, where we have posted a slightly smaller size of the images.

Are you impressed? Does the HTC U11 has what it takes to become the best camera phone around?

source: Flickr

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1. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Definitely looks gorgeous. This is the first HTC in history which has a decisively better camera than a current Samsung flagship.

8. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Wonder why PA has refused to publish dxo scores of the gs8.

39. tangbunna

Posts: 495; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

it uses gs7 sensor. so dxo result of gs8 must be the same as gs7.

9. dimas

Posts: 3446; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Look for high tech traveler in youtube. He already made an htc u11 and galaxy s8 camera comparison. Low light for htc is an upgrade if not on par with s8.

12. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

The Pixel. Built by HTC.

27. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 931; Member since: May 07, 2014

Pixel Hardware was built by HTC and that too under strict Google's instructions. The reason for the camera success of the Pixels is the post processing and HTC has nothing to do with that.

19. JC557

Posts: 1926; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Maybe you should read the reviews of Anandtech and Pocketnow for some differing thoughts on the S7 vs other phones.

2. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

These samples are pretty awesome but let's wait for more camera samples to come from around world. So far so good. Pixel and Samsung hold your breath!

25. -swagfox-

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 01, 2016

Pixel is made for Google by HTC lol

26. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 931; Member since: May 07, 2014

The reason behind the better photos of Pixel is the post processing and HTC has nothing to do with that...

3. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

I am very impressed

4. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Looks great HTC. A bit noise but colors look fantastic.

5. ithehappy

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

Yeah saw them on some Phandroid site yesterday, like I said there too, best low light samples I have seen. Pixel is still better for dynamic range, but colours, noise seem much better than Pixel, should be the best camera around. But yes, more samples needed for sure.

6. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

The Dynamic Range is amazing, the lights and display aren't over exposed and the blacks has great contrast. Noise is there but the details are also a plus and the photos don't look like water colors when zooming all in.

7. allenios

Posts: 1; Member since: May 23, 2017


10. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Depends on if these images were shot in "Auto Mode" or "Manual/Pro Mode". If they are in "Auto Mode", then yes these are impressive. If not, then they aren't that impressive as I can get similar shots with my Note 5 using "Pro Mode", and probably close to the exact same shots on my S7.

11. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

They are in Auto . I didn't check all Exif data but you can do it if you want. Here is source: I still think photographer might have used tripod. They look virtually free of motion blur.

13. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Wow this is impressive. I have the HTC 10 and this is way much better. Impressive indeed.

33. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

WOW agree with you. Good job HTC these look great.

14. talon95

Posts: 1009; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

It is impressive. And it's about time HTC impressed. Finally worthy of the Ultra-pixel name.

15. torr310

Posts: 1725; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

To get the best result, enfore the HDR Boost. It will amaze you.

16. Macready

Posts: 1830; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Looks good... at 3 MP as displayed here. At the original 12 MP size, they look similar to the S8 results. All thanks to image stacking (HDR auto modes) resulting in temporal noise reduction and increased DR. HTC has come a long way, since their " Ultra" designation for their cameras usually didn't live up tot the hype at all.

17. waqarzec

Posts: 77; Member since: May 09, 2013

HTC finally u nailed thus time

18. waqarzec

Posts: 77; Member since: May 09, 2013

HTC finally u nailed this time


Posts: 655; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

I'm very partial to my LG phones, but clearly the HTC U11 has the best low light camera, period.

21. progosu

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

if it's on auto mode then I'm sold

22. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

DxOMark says its the best so I believe them.

24. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"DxOMark says its the best so I believe them." DxOMark also said the HTC 10 is on par with the S7 edge (both have a score of 88). You believe that too? SMH

40. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

what, you think it isn't? hah!

23. A_A_A

Posts: 229; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Need comparison with other phones to judge. Hope PA will do one soon. But to be perfectly honest between just very good pictures + 3.5 mm audio jack and gorgeous pictures + no 3.5 mm jack I will always choose very good pictures + 3.5 mm jack....

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