HTC, the Taiwanese phone maker, announced its latest flagship the HTC U11 on Tuesday, roughly two months after Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ flagships were announced in USA.
On paper, the phone matches its competitors on most specifications: a quad HD screen, the latest Snapdragon 835 chip, 4GB / 6GB of memory, and expandable storage. One major highlight are its liquid surface design, multiple AI assistants, HTC Edge Sense feature, it lets you launch the camera, and send texts; and camera sensors with the use of UltraPixel technology, as the rear camera sports a 12 UltraPixel sensor.
The HTC U11 features a 12-megapixel camera with 1.4-micron pixel, ultra spread autofocus, BSI sensor, OIS, f/1.7 aperture, dual-LED flash, slow-motion, and 4K video recording. The selfie-focused smartphone has a 16-megapixel front camera with BSI sensor, full-HD recording. Front camera features include live make-up, auto selfie, voice selfie, HDR Boost, and Selfie Panorama. Other camera features include Face Detection, Pro mode with manual control, 32-second long exposure, and RAW format support, HDR Boost, Panorama, and Hyperlapse.
The HTC U11 boasts of the best camera in a smartphone, according to DxOMark – a trusted standard for imaging quality. It’s supposed to be at par with the Google Pixels and beats the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ for picture quality.
The DxOMark experts identified the following advantages of the HTC U11 camera during Image capturing:
- Very fast autofocus and accurate especially in bright light conditions.
- Good details preservation in both outdoor and low light conditions.
- Good target exposure and dynamic range.
- White balance is generally pleasant, and color rendering is good.
- Noise level is low in low light condition.
- Flash: good exposure, white balance and details preservation.
Disadvantages of the HTC U11 camera during Image capturing:
- In some outdoor scenes a slight bluish cast is visible.
- Luminance noise is slightly visible in the sky.
- Ghosting, color fringing and ringing sometimes visible.
DxOMark also provides HTC U11’s Video shooting advantages as follows:
- Fast and accurate AF, in all conditions, with good tracking capabilities.
- Very effective stabilization.
- Good target exposure and white balance, with fast and smooth adaptation.
- Good noise level in all conditions.
- Good detail preservation.
- Limited dynamic in high dynamic scenes.
- Slight loss of details in low light conditions.
- Visible judder effect during panning movements.
- Very slight color shading in low light conditions.
The HTC U11 will be made available in Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, and Solar Red color options. Pricing in the US it’s $649, where it’s up for pre-order via Amazon.com.