HTC U11 - Full Review & Specs
The HTC U11+ smartphone is equipped with Snapdragon 835 and offers a brilliantly clean interface from HTC Sense, which on top of that offers great speed with a good camera too.
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With this one, HTC have put looks first over practicality, which is not great at all. The phone may be attractive; after all it is made of glass. But the clean glass gets smudged incredibly easily, ruining the appearance within seconds.
The phone is not the biggest phone on the market but also not the smallest, but it feels pretty big. The phone has been designed to have a 2:1 display on the front with a camera and earpiece, with buttons on the right side. On the back, there is a single camera and the fingerprint sensor.
The HTC U11+ has a 6” LCD screen that features 1440 x 2880 pixels with Quad HD+ resolution. The disappointment over the display is the brightness level with outdoor visibility. Unfortunately, the screen is so reflective and just not bright enough for sunny days.
- Interface and Functionality
This smartphone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo, which is great to see! However, the Sense on this U11+ looks outdated and too old school with the HTC fonts and design which contrast terribly with the materials used. The entire phone look needs a refresh!
The phone feels super fast and runs mostly smoothly, so no issues there.
- Processor, Performance and Memory
The HTC U11+ is powered by Snapdragon 835 and it moves through tasks with so much ease. The screen reacts to touch instantly without issue but there is some jumpiness occasionally.
The 128GB of storage is brilliant and much better than other models out there. But if this is not enough, then you can add a microSD card for storage expansion.
- Internet Connectivity
This model features a hybrid SIM card slot which has one main SIM slot with a secondary one too. But this secondary slot can either hold another SIM card or a microSD card, not both at the same time. It would have been nice to see, but not a huge issue really.
The camera on this HTC U11+ is a single 12MP camera, which is the main camera on the back of the phone. To launch the camera, simply double click the power button on the side. This camera gets the job done without any fuss, so brilliant for a basic user.
The interface is once again outdated but if you can handle that, then there is no problem. It would just be nice to have an updated version.
- Image Quality
The image quality that the camera produces is great, the images offer nice colour and exposure for sharp photos. The images are well balanced, and the night time photography is also pretty great – you can create images at night time that turn out sharp and in nice colour.
The selfie camera lacks all of the flashy extras that some people like, such as portrait mode, however for an 8MP front camera, it has a lot of detail.
With this HTC U11+ you are able to record up to 4K videos with sharp details. Overall, this camera has great performance that will not let you down. For audio capturing, there is also 4 built in microphones to cover all bases so it is simply outstanding.
- Sound Quality
This phone has a dual speaker system which produces loud and great quality sounds. Although, there is no headphone jack they have includes noise-cancelling earbuds within the box which do work pretty well.
- Battery Life
The HTC U11+ has a much bigger battery than other phones of this size, however it does disappoint. The battery with a full charge will only last one day, no longer and the stand-by time is awful so you can expect the battery to go quick.
During our test, the battery lasted 8 hours in total which is dire for a phone like this and it takes just under 2 hours to charge fully.
The HTC U11+ is super fast and powerful, with a great camera and sound quality to match. However, the display is quite dim which makes it hard to use outdoors. In addition, the whole interface needs a complete makeover as it is outdated. An update on that would make the whole experience for the user so different that I think it is necessary.
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