My overall impression of the HTC U Ultra wasn’t that great and seeing the device first hand didn’t really change my opinion. HTC has just launched the HTC U11, which is greatly making up for the damages the U Ultra has caused.
All the HTC U models share the same design, a design I described as elegant previously, but now find myself hating it. That does depend on the color, but the blue color looks extremely ugly and dull.
Dimensions wise, the HTC U11 is smaller than the U Ultra (153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm vs. 162.4 x 79.8 x 8 mm), with a smaller 5.5-inch screen compared to the U Ultra’s 5.7-inch screen.
The phone’s battery capacity is not a major letdown anymore. As mentioned above the U11 is smaller in size and so a 3000 mAh battery is good enough, especially for a guy like me that always has a fully charged power bank with him.
The greatest improvement the HTC U11 introduced (in my opinion) is the addition of an IP67 certification. Currently, any smartphone costing $700+ SHOULD be water and dust resistant.
One disappointment that carried on was the absence of a headphone jack. It seems like HTC, like many others, has fully joined this “train”. Another disappointment is actually the overall design of the phone. With the availability of the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6, two phones with extremely thin bezels, or almost no bezels at all, U11’s design seems very ordinary (could be a plus for some people).
The company has also introduced a new interesting feature, that seems like a gimmick to me, called Edge Sense. It’s a squeeze feature, where the user squeezes the sides of the phone to do different things. You would be able to configure this feature, so that different squeezes of the sides would carry out different actions (screen shots, launching apps, texting and etc…).
The U11 is exactly what HTC needed to compete with the rest of the 2017 flagships, but will the device be better received than its earlier predecessors?