After a bunch of rumors and leaks, the HTC U11 is finally official. The U11 is the follow-up to the HTC 10, which was considered by many to be an underrated phone. This year, HTC has to make a great phone and convince everyone to care about it. As per usual, we like to compare new devices to the competition. For the U11, that’s the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6, Pixel, and iPhone 7.
On paper, the U11 is competitive in nearly every aspect with the other devices. It has a similar size display, right in the middle of the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7. Resolution is on par with the other 2017 flagships. It has the newer Snapdragon 835, same as the Galaxy S8. The rear camera is the same MP as all but the G6, and it easily has the biggest front camera.
Memory is another area where the U11 is ahead of the others if you opt for the 6GB model. The battery slightly smaller than the LG G6, but exactly the same as the Galaxy S8. It has USB Type-C, microSD card slot, waterproofing, and a fingerprint scanner as well.
One thing that will be a pain point for a lot of potential buyers is the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack. The Galaxy S8, G6, and Pixel all have headphone jacks. Apple is trying to move the industry in the direction of ditching the jack, but Samsung and LG aren’t participating. HTC seems more than happy to get rid of it.
Like last year, HTC did everything they had to do to compete with the big boys. There’s no area on this chart where you can say the U11 is the clear loser. The headphone jack will be annoying to a lot of people, but there are also a lot of people ready to ditch it themselves. Overall, it looks like HTC did a nice job on the spec sheet. We’ll have to see how it performs in real life.
What do you think about the HTC U11? Is this a device that you’re interested in? Do you think HTC did enough to compete with the other flagship phones?