Watch the HTC U11 fail a popular durability test

Watch the HTC U11 fail a popular durability test
The HTC U11 is a unique handset. Not only is it absolutely stunning, thanks to its so-called liquid surface design, but it also comes with an interesting feature – squeezing the sides on the phone can be used as a shortcut.

Our review of the HTC U11 also showed us a great camera, blazing-fast performance, and respectable battery life. However, looks and performance don't matter much if a device can't survive everyday use.

Zach, of the JerryRigEverything YouTube channel, put the HTC U11 through one of his famous torture tests, complete with scratching, burning, and whatnot.

The test started as expected – the phone scratched at a point where any 2017 flagship would. The fingerprint worked perfectly after heavy scratching, too. The burn test also went as expected – the LCD screen completely recovered from the burn mark, applied with a common lighter.

However, when Zach tried to bend the phone, it flexed way more than it should. This was probably due to the squeezable sides not adding much structural integrity to the whole device, and it ultimately resulted in both the LCD panel and the front glass breaking.

If you happen to own the HTC U11, make sure you don't keep it in your back pocket. Just imagine what would happen if you accidentally sit on it and the glass shatters. We don't think it would a pleasant experience for anyone.

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  • Camera 12 MP / 16 MP front
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  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(24.5h 3G talk time)



1. HillaryClinton2020

Posts: 191; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

Asians make cr@ps, buy American company's

2. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Tell me one....btw no one in Nokia in terms of quality.

4. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

It couldn't take a good sqU11ze I guess .

5. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

*Buy from

6. Daumus

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

RIP grammar

9. cheetah2k

Posts: 2223; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Even the Xiaomi MI6 passed this test... HTC = Taiwan crap..

3. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

So much for the sqU11ze feature. Jerryrigeverything was just trying out U11's star feature too hard ! LOL

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

he did it wrong.... Hydraulic Press Channel may can give better example..

7. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

This really makes me sad. I wear scrubs all day. We only have a front chest pocket and a rear pocket. So my phone goes in my rear pocket.

10. tokuzumi

Posts: 1866; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Name a smartphone made in the US right now. Almost all of them are made in China, Taiwan, or Korea.

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