HTC U11 Review

Does HTC's U11 prove to be a worthy successor to one of the most loved smartphone lineages around? You're about to find out.
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149 Comments

111. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

This is an avg phone , hence it got an avg rating.

113. idees

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 25, 2009

REALLY Phonearena? 8.2 this phone? Ridiculous. So HTC U11 is like a little bit better phone than Galaxy Α3, according to your rating. Embarassing

114. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Like the U11, but back with that shine candy cover and Htc IPS has some rediish tint issue (noticeable on htc10) same as Samsung SA still thinking to buy it due to the 128gb and 6gb of ram available in my country.

116. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Everyone harps about PA's rating... but eventually how many people over here actually end up buying the HTC U 11. My guess is that most people willing to spend this kind of money will be going with the S8/S8+ or the iPhone 7/7+.

118. kindahipdude

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

The U11 is much less expensive than a samsung or iphone, plus you can't argue that it is a better phone. The only reason people don't buy HTC phones is because they SUCK at marketing. I've already pre ordered the HTC. Anyone who does their research will know which phone is actually best.

117. kindahipdude

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Yea, Stephen you're a moron. You think the design is outdated (which it isn't), so you give the best phone ever a terrible score? Phonearena has obviously sold out and isn't giving quality information anymore. I'm done with this site. It's been going downhill for a while anyway with their extremely annoying ads and poor content.

119. rocker91

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

The 128 gb 6gb ram version of u11 is cheaper than LG G6 in my country other than average looks it's a pretty good phone

120. Blitz_Panzer

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Please HTC, pay some to phonearena like Samsung and Apple... That "cons" are ridiculous

124. sdmcmx

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 03, 2017

You need to provide more proof of the battery like screen shots of battery consumption, screen on time, screen brightness settings, apps that you used. I know I can get the Exynos S8+ to 7hrs of screen on time easy but 9hrs on the U11 man I seriously what to see those stats.

125. Wackid

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 03, 2017

It is getting more and more obvious other things are playing with the so called unbiased smartphone website reviewers. This phone deserves more. And you know it. Bit than you look at your bank account and say whatever you needed to say. Look at all the comments.....what the hell are you thinking?

126. Wackid

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 03, 2017

And outdated form factor?? Why do these Korean manufacturers wants to set a trend? And we all have to follow?? Curved Televisions? What a joke... Who came up with that idea?... Yesssss. And now all "old/normal" formfactor phones looks outdated... Yeah right.

127. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Stephen, PhoneArena where is colour poster ? Why not included?

128. Enadhof

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 07, 2016

Dated look? I've had the U11 for a few days and so many people ask about it. It's a real head turner. Edge sense isn't over engineered. Taking a landscape selfie has never easier. Not to mention, you actually have a way to take photos under water effortlessly now

129. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Phonearena poo rating yet again. Only apple deserves more than 9.

130. baibhav93

Posts: 24; Member since: May 09, 2014

Phonearena... are you seriously getting old? SeemsThose CONS are rated by a 9 Year OLD !!! C'mon... This Phone deserves a lot better...if not 9, then seriously above 8.5... PLEASE TAKE NOTE PA!!!

131. Freebird

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 09, 2017

The best review ever!! Very comprehensive and insightful !! Thanks Phonearena. It seems many people are going to buy this good phone. I'm not buying.

132. jacky899

Posts: 430; Member since: May 16, 2017

I looked at many comparisons between the HTC U11 vs Galaxy S8, Pixel, Iphone 7, etc. and the U11 captures significantly sharper detail when you zoom in on full size, full resolution photo comparisons. But when looking at the compressed samples like the ones on this website, it is hard to see the difference in detail level. With these compressed photo comparison samples, you can only really compare colors and HDR. It is hard to say which phone is better because it is personal preference.

133. jeffreymais1013

Posts: 5; Member since: May 24, 2017

came back here after a while, and still laugh at the results PA scored. it should be listed as the 8th Wonder of the World. with so many determinative advantages and praises, u11 received an 8.2. looolz

138. ryansc375

Posts: 36; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

If HTC would have called this phone the Samsung U11, the rating would be a full point (or more) higher.

140. acemang

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 09, 2017

first review i saw htc u11 slower than an s8...and i'm saying with real life reviews that we can watch samsung lose easy....it have slower UFS 2.0 vs UFS 2.1 on HTC U11. only on dreams samsung could be faster. so htc u11 have: the good: best speed so far (not in this review apparently) best sound on any smartphone. best earphones delivered by a manufactured (not in this review apparently) best camera alexa integration (first smartphone ever. you dont need to buy echo or run the app like huawei. htc u11 24/7 micro on and 4 mics to make sure you order will be listened). only for this should get 1 full point sense (only limited persons don't see the use of this great feature. and i bet will be greater over time). great screen. cons: dated design. 9.9 in my book samsung is a beautiful phone, but the looks will be ruined with any case puted there to protect the 900 euro phone and distortion image is good since when? reflected screen in the corners where screen bends its very distracting. never liked curved glass...never will...still is a beautiful phone to watch for a second...ordered an htc u11 to real life use not to show to my friends....for that i already have a beautiful girlfriend.

141. itsikkan

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 12, 2017

I wonder... the big ugly bezzles ofthe Sony Xperia Premium XZ are not so bad, but when talking about HTC suddenly the bezzles are ugly? very strange. All other phone sites over the internet praise the HTC U11 even though it has big bezzles. I am beginning to think that the reviewer here is either has something against HTC or he is a Sony fan.

142. itsikkan

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 12, 2017

maybe the reviewer is working at Samsung?

143. Cod3rror

Posts: 142; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Hey PhoneArena, how about you guys start providing full resolution images, directly linked, like GSMarena does? Providing downsampled resized images inside a javascript gallery is useless.

144. zeus4466

Posts: 21; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

That's one of the worst reviews I've seen: 1- Usually phonearena have the camera comparison tools to show the details of shooting, this was not done, which shows clearly that the reviewer did not take time to do this. First, we need to compare photos details. From direct comparions in real life, U11 has the best details compared to all available phones in the market, not even based on DXomark rating. If phonearena tool was used, then HTC would have been a clear winner in this. 2- Sustainable performance: sustainable performance is where the phone can handle processing for a long time without heating or dropping frames. Phonearena completely fail in this, Also real experience shows a huge difference, ask any game blogger, or test a game for 30 minutes and you will notice this. We've compared S8 with U11 and S8 doesn't stand a chance, frames dropping in 6 mins, the lags started to show, phones heats up... 3- the Audio dynamic range is not calculated, real life trials show a huge difference between the S8 and U11 when loudspeakers are used, I don't know what was used in the testing here, I recommend people to try both next to each other. 4- No bloatware on HTC U11, no lags and glitches whatsoever, compared to S8 which lags a lot, you press on an icon and wait... 5- the 5.8" display of S8 is actually a 5.2" when watching videos, looking at photos... The AMOLED is beautiful and wind in beauty, but for size it is the worst lie you can have. From all the above, and I highly recommend people to go any mobile shop and compare the U11 to S8, play a heavy game if possible using friends mobiles... Performance U11>>S8 Audio U11>>S8 Camera U11>S8 Design S8>U11 Ergonomics: is mixed bagged, fingerprint sensor is better located and more practical on U11, size is more practical on S8. Long term performance U11>S8 based on the bloatware and history of both companies Now if we look at the above and see that the U11 got 8.2 vs 9 for S8, I will surely wonder how much unreliable this review is.

145. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

i cant wait to pick this sucker up. its the bootloader unlockable and rootable yet?>

146. madara82

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

camera specification is realy awesome ....

149. madara82

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

classy look...U11's design has to be its glass back panel, which the manufacturer refers to as a “liquid surface.” Special materials on the inside of that glass not only give the surface a unique color, but refractive properties let that color shift and change under the right angles and lighting conditions

150. foreverflirting

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 25, 2017

This phone deserves more than that. The cons are not even comparable to the other phones in terms of mistake and it seems like they under valued the improvements that other phones struggle to make every day.

151. kreemer

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

After a full year using this phone - it's brilliant. The glass front and back remain unscratched, the camera is excellent, sound is bassy and the phone remains quick. It's gorgeous in the hand!
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