HTC U11 battery life test score is out: aces benchmarks, but standby is below average


The HTC U11 is a 5.5-inch flagship phone with a stunning design and aspirations to have one of the best cameras ever put in a handset, but what about its battery life?

The 5.5 incher comes with a 3,000 mAh battery, a size smaller than most devices of the same physical caliber, yet it also sports the Snapdragon 835 system chip, a newer and more power efficient chip than most others have.

How does this combination work together in terms of actual battery life?

Turns out that the answer is 'not bad at all'.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
HTC U11 9h 3 min (Good)
HTC 10 7h 10 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 7 7h 46 min (Average)
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 9h 5 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy S8 8h 22 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 8h (Average)
Google Pixel 7h 45 min (Average)
Google Pixel XL 7h 19 min (Average)
LG G6 6h 9 min (Poor)
OnePlus 3T 5h 41 min (Poor)
Huawei P10 7h 42 min (Average)

In fact, we're impressed with the battery life of the U11. It scored an admirable 9 hours and 3 minutes on our standard battery test where we run a typical use script on the phone with the brightness pre-set at 200 nits, a level comfortable for indoor use.

This score trumps most other phones in the flagship market, second only to the iPhone 7 Plus, which squeezes 9 hours and 5 minutes out of its battery thanks to optimizations in Safari and iOS. However, when it comes to the Android side of things, the HTC U11 battery life is indeed very solid.

In real life, we've noticed that the phone does well, but battery drain in stand-by is slightly higher than average, which prevents the U11 from becoming an all-out battery champ.

Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
HTC U11 98
HTC 10 100
Apple iPhone 7 141
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 197
Samsung Galaxy S8 100
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 99
Google Pixel 119
Google Pixel XL 118
LG G6 97
OnePlus 3T 85
Huawei P10 100

There is one more aspect to the battery experience with a phone and that is the time it takes to recharge a phone. Fast recharge times are a nifty convenience, and the HTC U11 is definitely well equipped with a proper fast charge solution. Using the charger that is in the box, it takes less than 1 hour and 40 minutes to get its battery fully recharged. That's on par with the Galaxy S8 series, and faster than Google's Pixels.

What is your experience with the HTC U11 battery? How often do you recharge? Let us know in the comments right below.

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U11
  • Display 5.5 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 16 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie HTC Sense UI

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