When HTC mentioned it would nix inexpensive telephones in favor of a number of high-end handsets, it wasn’t kidding. Living proof? The HTC U11, a brand new flagship on the heels of this 12 months’s U Extremely.
The HTC U11 and U Extremely don’t share a lot in widespread. The U11 omits the U Extremely’s secondary show, for one, and the brand new telephone has a way more highly effective processor. However they’re definitely reduce from the identical fabric, or liquid glass, because the case could also be. Each boast HTC’s UltraPixel digicam tech and BoomSound audio system, ship with the identical quantity of reminiscence (4GB), and are available preloaded with with HTC’s AI-powered Sense Companion assistant.
Nonetheless, there’s sufficient of a distinction between the HTC U11 and U Extremely to crown a winner. To place an finish to the controversy, we pitted the 2 telephones towards one another in a specs battle to the end.
Specs and efficiency
HTC U Extremely
|Dimension||153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm (6.05 x 2.99 x zero.31 in)||162.four x 79.eight x eight mm (6.39 x three.14 x zero.31 in)|
|Weight||5.96 ounces (169 grams)||6 ounces (170 grams)|
|Display screen||5.5-inch Quad HD+ Tremendous AMOLED||5.7-inch Quad HD Tremendous AMOLED
2.05-inch secondary show
|Decision||2,560 x 1,440 pixels||2,560×1,440 pixels
160 x 1,zero40
|OS||Android 7.1 Nougat||Android 7.1 Nougat|
|SD Card Slot||Sure||Sure|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, GSM||Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, GSM|
|Digital camera||Entrance 16MP, Rear 12MP with OIS||Entrance 16MP, Rear 12MP with OIS|
|Video||2,160p 4K HDR||2,160p 4K UHD|
|Bluetooth||Sure, model four.2||Sure, model four.2|
|Different sensors||Edge Sensor, barometer, gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, proximity sensor, iris scanner||Barometer, gyroscope, accelerometer, compass, proximity sensor|
|Water Resistant||Sure, IP67||Sure, IP67|
|Charger||USB Kind-C||Micro Kind-C|
|Market||Google Play Retailer||Google Play Retailer|
|Coloration choices||Blue, black, silver||Black, blue, white, pink.|
|Availability||AT&T, Verizon, Dash, T-Cell||AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile|
|DT Assessment||Hands-on||4 out of 5 stars|
The variations between the U11 and U Extremely begin underneath the hood. Each telephones share the identical RAM (4GB, as much as 6GB) and base storage (64GB, as much as 128GB) in widespread. However the U11 packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, one of many latest in Qualcomm’s arsenal. The U Extremely, however, ships with Qualcomm’s getting old Snapdragon 821 — the processor within the Google Pixel and OnePlus 3T.
On a floor degree, the 2 processors aren’t all that totally different. They’ve the identical variety of cores — 4 sooner, high-powered cores that kick in for intensive duties and 4 power-efficient cores that deal with background apps — and structure. However the Snapdragon 835 — the processor that additionally powers Samsung’s Galaxy S8 — is constructed on a 10-nanometer course of, which suggests it crams 30 % extra elements into the identical bodily house because the Snapdragon 821.
In most apps and real-world eventualities, the Snapdragon 835 seems to finest the Snapdragon 821 handily. Anandtech recorded it attaining a rating of three,844 in 3D Mark’s Slingshot Excessive check in comparison with the Snapdragon 821’s 2,106, and different benchmarks present a efficiency benefit as excessive as 40 %. The U11 is more likely to crush day-to-day duties like a champ, in different phrases.
To sum up, there’s no query with regards to general processing energy. We’re anticipating the U11 to breeze by way of apps, video games, and different duties. That’s to not say the U Extremely’s a slouch — the U11 simply does issues sooner.
Winner: HTC U11
At first look, the U Extremely and U11 don’t look all that totally different from one another. That’s as a result of they each sport HTC’s brilliant “liquid floor,” a glass again specifically machined to shine and shimmer within the mild.
The liquid steel floor isn’t the one design similarity between the 2. There’s numerous unused house close to the U11 and U Extremely’s prime and backside, and sizable edges between the display and edges. The U11 inherits the Extremely’s oval-shaped fingerprint sensor, bodily energy button, and quantity rockers.
In any other case, although, the U11 shares little in widespread with its months-old cousin. The rear digicam is sort of flush with the rear cowl versus protruding on the U Extremely, and the dual-LED flash has been moved to the alternative facet of the sensor — from the left to the fitting. The U11’s edges additionally curve extra progressively than the U Extremely’s, and have fewer seams — particularly close to the U Extremely’s charging port. It evokes the iPhone — proper all the way down to the place of the plastic bits that cowl the U Extremely’s antennae.
Each the U Extremely and U11 pack 4 microphones that report high-quality sound from a distance. Neither have a headphone jack; as a substitute, the U Extremely and U11 ship with HTC’s proprietary USB-C USonic headphones, which pack two microphones — one which sits on the skin of your ear canal and one which sits on the within — to generate an in depth profile of your ear’s anatomy.
However not like the headphones that shipped with the U Extremely, the U11’s have built-in noise-cancelling. HTC says they work in tandem with the U11’s BoomSound app to drown out the ambient noise round you.
We’re nonetheless not satisfied that eliminating the three.5mm audio jack is a good design transfer. However U11’s general design enhancements and noise-canceling headphones are sufficient to earn it the win right here.
Winner: HTC U11
In our assessment of the U Extremely, its show — or shows, extra precisely — coloured us unimpressed.
The 5.7-inch Quad HD Tremendous LCD 5 display was dimmer than Apple’s iPhone 6S, even at full brightness. Colours appeared comparatively correct, however not from any angle — tilting the HTC U Extremely somewhat to the facet resulted in washed-out blues and reds.
We haven’t had an opportunity to place the U11’s display to the check, however we’re not anticipating miracles. The U11 packs a barely smaller 5.5-inch LCD display with the identical Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) decision because the U Extremely. Assuming HTC hasn’t made any brightness-boosting or color-correcting software program tweaks, we wouldn’t be shocked if there wasn’t a distinction.
We’re calling this one a draw. The U11’s barely smaller display doesn’t seem to supply a marked technological benefit over the U Extremely, and we’re anticipating it to carry out about — if not precisely — the identical.
Battery life and charging
The U Extremely and U11 share the identical three,000mAh battery capability. And primarily based on our experiences with the U Extremely, now we have a reasonably good thought of what to anticipate.
In our testing, we bought a few day and a half out of the U Extremely. With brightness set to computerized and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and mobile information enabled, we slogged by way of an eight-hour workday’s price of emails, social media updates, Slack messages, and app updates with out about 40 % energy to spare.
HTC estimates the U11’s battery life at 24.5 hours on 3G/4G, and as much as 14 days on standby. That’s on par with the U Extremely, which HTC’s pegs at 26 hours on 3G/4G and 13 days on 3G/4G. The Snapdragon 835’s energy effectivity might give the a lift in real-world utilization, in fact. And there’s an opportunity that HTC’s optimizations — and U11’s lack of secondary show — will make a significant distinction day-to-day. However as of now, we’re not anticipating a drastic distinction.
The U11 and U Extremely each assist Qualcomm’s Fast Cost three.zero commonplace, which delivers roughly 1 hour of battery energy for each 1 minute of cost.
Given the negligible distinction in battery life between the U11 and U Extremely, we’re calling a tie this spherical.