Overview of the smartphone HTC U11: tight
Despite financial difficulties and a modest range of models, HTC remains dedicated and loyal audience. Journalists constantly writing obituaries, analysts publish startling predictions, but in the headquarters of HTC still full of life, factory of the company continue to operate and the manual does not relax and not depressed. In General, the company understands that from her just waiting for a miracle — and that miracle is HTC U11.
Two months ago, I shared the first impressions of this smartphone, then I did not know when it will go on sale in Russia and how much it will cost. Expectations, frankly, were not the brightest – all previous devices of the company, including the recent HTC U Ultra was, to put it mildly, more than I should. But now U11 appeared in the Russian retail for 45,000 rubles — cheaper than Samsung and Sony. And this time be honest: no Lifestyle-versions with “reduced” features, no “special” parties for Russia – we are exactly the same U11, which we expected to see.
Specifications are the same as other flagships of 2017, the design is fresh and pretty, and the camera claims to be the best this season. And of course, HTC just couldn’t do without some exotic chips, in this case, a new control – Edge Sense. Generally, in recent years, many manufacturers have offered an additional way to interact with the device. Yet this is best managed with a 3D Touch. But if iPhone all this is implemented on the screen, then HTC made more original — U11 pressure sensors located at the sides. Well, let’s find out how it was convenient in everyday life.
|HTC U11||Samsung Galaxy S8+||LG V20||Apple iPhone 7 Plus||Huawei P10|
|Screen||5.5 inch, IPS,
1440 × 2560 pixels, 534 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.2 inch, Super AMOLED,
1440 × 2860 pixels, 529 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|5.7 inch, IPS,
1440 × 2560 pixels, 515 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|5.5 inch, IPS,
1920 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|5.1 inch, IPS,
1920 × 1080 pixels, 432 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|Safety glass||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 4||No data||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: eight cores (4 × 2.4 GHz Kryo + 4 × 1.9 GHz Kryo)||Samsung Exynos 8895: eight cores (4 × 2.5 GHz M1+ 4 × 1,69 GHz Cortex-A53)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820: Quad core (2 × 2,15 GHz Kryo + 2 × 1.6 GHz Kryo)||Apple’s A10 Fusion: four cores, the frequency of 2.23 GHz||HiSilicon Kirin 960: eight cores (4 × 2.4 GHz, ARM Cortex-A73 + 4 × 1.8 GHz ARM Cortex-A53)|
|Graphics controller||Adreno 540||ARM Mali-G71 MP20, 850 MHz||Adreno 530, 624 MHz||No data||ARM Mali-G71 MP8, 900 MHz|
|RAM||4/6 GB||4 GB||4 GB||3 GB||4 GB|
|Flash memory||64/128 GB||64 GB||32/64 GB||32/128/256 GB||32/64 GB|
|Connectors||1 × USB Type-C||1 × USB Type-C||1 × USB C||1 × Lightning||1 × USB Type-C|
|1 × nano-SIM;||1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm;||1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm;||1 × nanoSIM||1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm;|
|1 × nano-SIM/microSD||1 × nano-SIM;||2 x nano-SIM||1 × nano-SIM;|
|1 × microSD||1 × microSD||1 × microSD|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|
|3G cellular communications||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz||UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (84 Mbit/s) 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||DC-HSPA 850/900/1900 / 2100MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 16 (up to 1024 Mbit/s, 150 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 16 (up to 1024 Mbit/s, 150 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20, 28||LTE Cat. 12 (600 Mbps), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 10 (450 Mbps) bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 17, 18, 19, 20, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 4 (150 Mbit/s 50 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz, 2 ×2 MIMO (866 Mbps)||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|NFC||There||There||There||Yes (Apple Pay)||There|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)|
|Fingerprint scanner||Is, from the front||Is back||Is back||Is, from the front||Is, from the front|
|The main camera||12 MP, ƒ/1.7 m, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization, led flash, record 4K video||12 MP, ƒ/1.7 m, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization, led flash, record 4K video||Double module, 16 megapixels ƒ/1,8 + 8 MP, ƒ/2.2, and a hybrid auto focus, optical stabilization, dual-led flash||12 MP, ƒ/1.8, auto focus, chetyrehrjadnye led flash, optical stabilizer||Double: 12 MP, ƒ/2.2, and laser autofocus, led flash, record 4K video; black-and-white camera – 20 MP|
|Front camera||16 MP, phase and contrast autofocus, dual-led flash||8 MP, contrast autofocus, no flash||5 MP, fixed focus||7 MP, no flash||8 MP, contrast autofocus, no flash|
|Food||Removable battery: 11.4 W·h (3000 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: the 13.3 WH (3500 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery 12.16 WH (3,200 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 11,1 W·h (2900 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12.6 W·h (3200 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||153,9 × 75,9 × 7.9 mm||159,5 × 73,4 × 8.1 mm||159,7 × 78,1 × 7.6 mm||158,2 x 77,9 x 7.3 mm||145,3 × 69,3 × 7 mm|
|Weight||169 g||173 g||174 g||158 g||145 g|
|Protection from water and dust||IP67||IP68||No||There are, IP67||No|
|Operating system||Android 7.1 Nougat||Android 7.0 Nougat, shell UX Grace||Android 7.0 Nougat, shell LG UX 5.0+||iOS 10||Android 7.0 Nougat, shell EMUI 5.1|
|Current price||44 990 rubles||59 990 rubles||39 000||of 62 990 rubles||35 990 rubles|
Design, ergonomics and software
HTC U11 is not like any one of the previous smartphones of the company. Carved from solid pieces of aluminium casing without any color fading. Fashion large panes of glass, flowing forms and colors that cannot be described in one word. Samsung, Sony, LG, Huawei all somehow tried to work with glass, its form and treatment. So the decision HTC is perceived as something self-evident. Perhaps there was still one device from the Taiwanese, which can be traced to similar features on HTC U Ultra, which was released earlier, features the technology of manufacture and Assembly used in U11.
U Ultra can hardly be called beautiful smartphone, U11 looks much more interesting and more harmonious — it took only a little to reduce the body and “play” with the shape of its individual elements. The case itself is still made of aluminum, but the metal is only visible at the ends and lateral sides, while the front and back are completely covered with glass, and curved.
This is not the best choice from the point of view of practicality — glass quickly covered with fingerprints, but in the case of Samsung Galaxy S8 it does not bother anyone, so here should not be. The problem is solved elementary thin transparent cover, which is included in the package U11 — the appearance of the smartphone at the same time does not suffer. Yes, both sides tempered glass — Gorilla Glass 5, minor scratches it is absolutely not terrible.
HTC U11 available in five colors: red, blue-gray, blue, black and white. However, this description does not give a complete picture about the true color of the device. For example, white gives slightly pearly, and depending on the color temperature of lighting can cast a pinkish or bluish. Same red under certain conditions can become yellow or orange, but dark blue smartphone, which just got us to the test changes color ranging from ash-gray to dark turquoise. Looks very cool, although, obviously, such a bold approach, not everyone will appreciate.
The fingerprint scanner is located under the screen, in the button Home. It’s quite compact – about the same shape and size as in the Sony Xperia XZ/XZ Premium. No physical clicking is not happening – the panel responds to the touch short. The left and right of it are two touch sensitive buttons: the left back sends the right displays a list of running applications. The buttons are beautifully lit and provide a clear vibration feedback.
On the top side of the phone there is only a slot for SIM-cards and microSD. While the ground floor microphone connector and USB Type-C Mini-Jack at the HTC U11 and there is, perhaps, the most controversial issue. On the other hand, the basic kit is an adapter designed in the same style as the iPhone, and the bundled headphones originally equipped with a USB Type-C and they sound unexpectedly good. Read more about it I will discuss below.
The side faces are all familiar: the left is nothing and right is a dual volume control button and embossed power key. And this, by the way, very nice detail — button is easy to find with your finger blindly, for example, to cancel the incoming call when the phone is in the pocket.
The lower part of the side faces of a pressure-sensitive, or rather to the compression of the smartphone with two sides. It is the very Edge of Sense, which is presented as a main feature of HTC U11. Before using, it is possible to adjust the compression, and I would immediately recommend to put it on high, to exclude false positives. But the essence is very simple – by default, the compression includes application of a camera and then allows you to make a frame without changing the location of the hands. If you wish to do this, you can assign another function, but only one. I thought it would be a possibility of choosing different functions for different forces of compression, but that would only complicate a fairly simple thing. Not to say that Edge Sense radically changes the feel of the device, but to remove so convenient, perhaps even easier than with a dedicated button, like the Sony smartphones.
Well, if you suddenly need more control, the Edge Sense can be disabled in settings. In General, I was interested watching how the producers are trying to diversify ways of interacting with smartphones. Drawing characters on the screen is generally pointless, as well as all kinds of shaking of the body, and that’s what really good fit, so this is a 3D Touch on the iPhone. But even if with him I would point out one thing – turning the on-screen keyboard in the touchpad. I strongly doubt that anyone really decide to buy just for the sake of U11 Edge Sense, but still it’s an interesting solution. His fate will largely depend on the efforts of third-party developers.
The role of the operating system — Android 7.1.1, flavored with a proprietary shell HTC Sense and a decent amount of additional software, including Vive Port, Editor Zoe, HTC Sense Companion app for call recording. Sense Companion is a virtual assistant that monitors your activity and tries to offer suitable (as it seems) things: for example, seeing in the task list, appointment reminder, could pave the route to the target.
In the functions we described in the review HTC U Ultra, and on may the presentation of U11, I was convinced that the application is active learning, taking into account the actual experience of users around the world using artificial intelligence and almost black magic. But to be honest, I have not noticed any progress in this area, and the fact of unauthorized intervention in the plan of things is causing me mild irritation. The only thing that makes sense to me is when Google automatically marks the map of the hotel in future trips, but it works great on any device, not just HTC U11. Well, again, there is nothing difficult to identify in the incoming email from booking.com and to find the right address on the map. At the same time, no intelligent assistant is still not able to recognize contact information in the attached pdf files, or pictures. So for the ideal organization there is still much we have to do manually.