The design of the HTC U11 is something that takes a little getting used to – but it’s worth taking the time to do so. Holding it in the hand for the first time is a little underwhelming, as the polished Gorilla Glass is so light that it feels a little plasticky in the hand.
The bulbous nature isn’t as exciting or feel as premium as the metal build on last year’s HTC 10, but don’t let that bother you. After a few days you’ll get used to the way it feels – and the HTC U11’s chassis is well built and solid.
Aesthetically, the U11 appeals in a way we’ve not seen with many phones. The Liquid Surface design manages to offer two colours at once, with the ‘Amazing Silver’ and ‘Brilliant Black’ models we tested looking more blue/purple and black/green respectively, depending on the way you hold them.
While the screen is clear and bright in most situations, it can be reflective, and it’s not as bright as we’ve seen on other handsets. There were times when trying to watch Netflix outside proved a challenge in terms of angling the handset the right way, and only in the shade did it really start to show off the power of what the HTC U11 can do.
It’s also not the brightest screen on the market, which shows that the new wave of shoving HDR compatibility into handsets is perhaps something HTC should have looked into.
The auto-brightness is still something HTC needs to work on, as it doesn’t dynamically alter well enough at all – blinding in the night and not bright enough when heading outside. It should be able to work across all areas of the brightness spectrum, but we found ourselves heading into the notification bar to tweak the levels too many times for our liking.
You won’t miss too much from the screen on the HTC U11 – it’s one of the better options on the market thanks to using the ever-evolving Super LCD technology.
Android 7.1 (Nougat)
Micro SD slot
64 or 128GB Internal storage
Primary Camera: 12MP
Secondary Camera: 16MP
Talk time up to 24.5 Hours
Height: 153.9 mm
Width: 75.9 mm
Depth: 7.9 mm
Weight: 169 g