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HTC U11 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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HTC U11
3.5
★★★★★
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  • Battery Score 3.5
  • Camera Score 3.5
  • Design Score 4
  • Performance Score 3.5

Summary

HTC seriously needed a hit on its hands with the HTC U11 and that's just what it's delivered, with a powerful and stylish handset that incorporates an industry-leading camera and water-resistance features.

In this guide

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    • Pricing & Availability

Details

Pricing & Availability

Launch price (RRP) $999
Launch date 2017-06
HTC U11

The good

  • Fast and accurate camera
  • High performance
  • Water resistance
  • Superb battery life
  • Edge sense is customisable and quick
  • Aggressive asking price

Could be better

  • Limited colour choice
  • Bezel-heavy design
  • No headphone jack
  • Squeezing isn't an ideal way to take photos

HTC was responsible for two of the best phones of 2016 by way of the exceptional Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL handsets. The problem for HTC was that they weren't in-house efforts, even if HTC was doing the actual legwork of producing the hardware. So expectations were high for its own in-house followup device, the HTC U Ultra.

Despite having many of the same specifications as the Pixel XL, the U Ultra was ultimately a disappointing device compared to its immediate competition, and it's a comparison that's only widened with the release of many competitor handsets through the year.

As such, when the HTC U11 was announced, I was cautious but not terribly optimistic. HTC can produce great phones and has done so in the past, but it's had more misses that hits when compared against true flagships. Thankfully for HTC, the U11 marks the point where the Taiwanese manufacturer appears to have actually turned a corner, because it's a genuinely great handset in almost every respect.

Design

  • Liquid design looks gorgeous
  • Squeezy Edge Sense sides.
  • No headphone socket.
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Camera

  • Good low-light performance
  • Single lens only

Performance

  • Snapdragon 660 provides exactly the performance you'd expect
  • Android One gives the HTC U11 more longevity than most mid-range handsets
  • More open Edge Sense than on Google's own Pixel phones

Battery life

  • Good but not great battery life
  • Quick Charge 3.0 compatible

Verdict

  • Like most older flagships, it's only worth it at a bargain price.

Pricing and availability

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TPG Large
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
$15/mth for the first 6 months, then $30/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
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$15/mth for the first 6 months, then $30/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
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$15
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$12.50/mth for the first 6 months, then $24.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
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$12.50/mth for the first 6 months, then $24.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
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$12.50
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$20
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$9
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HTC U11 specs

Display

Display Size
5.5 inches
Resolution
1440 x 2560px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
534 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.7
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
16MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
153.9mm x 75.9mm x 7.9mm
Weight
169g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 16

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 835
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 7
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 2TB
Battery capacity
3,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP67
Wireless charging
No

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