Specs summary


The HTC U11's screen is 5.5 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.45 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 7.1 Nougat operating system (OS).

12+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 16+ megapixels resolution.
64 GB

Internal memory is 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 14 days standby time, 1470 minutes (3G), 628 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

It’s absolutely gorgeous, carefully designed, and incredibly fast.

- Myriam Joire , Chip Chick 

If you want a flagship that checks off all the right boxes and looks absolutely gorgeous doing so, the U11 may be what you seek.

- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop 

Reviews summary

Based on 36 reviews

What's good  

  • Bright, colorful display
  • Beautiful color options
  • Loud, powerful loudspeaker
  • microSD support
  • All-day battery life
  • Fast, sharp camera

What's bad  

  • Fingerprint magnet
  • No headphone jack
  • Limited support for pressure sensitive sides

It’s no secret that HTC hasn’t kept up with bigger names in the flagship Android market. With the HTC U11, they’re hoping to reverse this trend. While the phone is eye-catching, will it be the hit that HTC needs?

Reviews for this colorful new phone are in and we’re bringing you the best (and worst) of what reviewers are saying.

Let’s dig in!

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While the physical design of the phone is nothing out of the ordinary, reviewers raved about the color treatment on the phone's glass back panel. Even the reviewers with the white model loved the subtle sheen of the “liquid surface” glass treatment HTC used on the U11.

And the phone isn’t just pretty—it also offers IP67 water and dust resistance. The Guardian noted, “HTC’s build quality is legendary and the U11 does not disappoint. It is rock solid with no give or flex in the body.”

The only complaints found regarded fingerprints. Unfortunately, all that shiny glass means lots of cleaning to keep the appearance flawless.

Heading around front, you’re greeted with a 5.5-inch QuadHD LCD screen. Reviewers loved the color and sharpness but some wished it were brighter for better outdoor use. ChipChick said, “[It] looks fantastic in most conditions, with vibrant but accurate colors, great contrast, and decent viewing angles.”

You’ll find a 2.45Ghz octa-core Snapdragon 835 paired with 4GB of RAM to keep things running snappy behind the scenes. As this is one of the most powerful chips in 2017, performance is near the top of the charts. GSM Arena benchmarked the phone and said, “The UI is fluid and there's zero stutter, no matter how many apps you're using. Loading larger apps like heavy games doesn't even make this thing sweat.”

With 64GB of internal storage, you shouldn’t have much to worry about when it comes to keeping your favorite apps and media on hand. Should you need more space, a microSD card makes expanding your storage cheap and simple.

The phone ships with Android 7.1 Nougat. HTC has added their Sense 7.0 UI. Reviewers liked their changes and there were no complaints of bloatware or duplicated apps. Greenbot noted, “HTC treads pretty lightly on top of stock Nougat, adding a few useful features and settings, but mostly keeping things as Google intended.”

When you look at the camera specifications, you might get confused. However, they’re right. The rear camera is 12MP while the front-facing lens is a beefy 16MP. This is because both cameras have different aperture and pixel sizes. While the front camera is great for selfies and video chat, it lacks the optical image stabilization and phase change auto focus of the rear camera. So you’ll still want to stick to the rear camera for daily snapping.

ChipChick ran the camera through its paces and noted, “Pictures taken with the main shooter are sharp and properly exposed, with excellent color rendition. Dynamic range is helped by the auto-HDR mode, which does some very clever image processing.”

The phone’s 3,000mAh internal battery appears to keep things running with no problems throughout a full day of use. Should you find yourself low on juice, Quick Charge 3.0 means you can top off your charge in around 30 minutes to get through the rest of the day. The Guardian tested their phone and said, “The U11 lasted around 24 hours between charges without activating any power saving modes. That was while using it as my primary device, browsing and using apps for four hours with hundreds of push emails, 60 minutes of gaming, and listening to around five hours of music via Bluetooth headphones.”

One of the phone’s most hyped features is its pressure-sensitive sides. Squeezing the phone allows you to launch apps or activate shortcuts. While reviewers found the feature worked fine, they often had trouble remembering to use it.

HTC has built a name within the audio community for a stellar listening experience. Unfortunately, the U11 missed the bar for some. While the BoomSound speakers were a hit with reviewers, the phone lacks a 3.5mm headphone port. While they include a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter, many reviewers found the USonic headphones and adapter lacked the punch and clarity of earlier HTC offerings.

Overall, the U11 might be just what HTC needs to return to the top. Reviewers all agree that it offers a convincing package of performance, looks and camera quality. If you’re bothered by fingerprints or you have a habit of dropping your phone, steer clear of the amount of glass on this phone. Otherwise, it seems a stellar buy.

Reviews (8.8/10 Avg. rating)


A squeezable delight

from Techgoondu
The most glaring issue with the U11 is its lack of a headphone jack. If you desperately need a headphone jack and a dongle will not do, then the U11 will not be what you are looking for. If you don’t mind using the included USonic earphones, or you have a dedicated music player, then the U11 will be a very compelling device for you. It also offers a top-of-the-line camera experience, great software, a unique feature in Edge Sense, and the best speakers and in-box earphones available right now... Full review

A serious contender

from NDTV
The U11 is a top-notch smartphone. It doesn't have dual cameras or other tricks, and it doesn't have the taller screens that its main competitors are now offering, but it's gorgeous and powerful, with a camera that can deliver miracles in low light. Edge Sense quickly becomes second nature, and the Snapdragon 835 has plenty of headroom for demanding apps over the next few years. The chief disappointments are the non-starter Sense Companion UI and pedestrian battery life... Full review
What Mobile

Boasts strong performance in all the right areas

from What Mobile
The HTC U11 is a powerful, unique device that will likely turn heads in the street. Whether it turns them for the right reasons is down to personal taste, but this is nonetheless a statement making handset. It crams in plenty of features for the price, including an excellent camera and quality audio playback. That said, the removal of the headphone jack is still disappointing and the lack of any improvement on the battery keeps it behind some rivals... Full review
The Indian Express

The flagship with a squeezy edge

from The Indian Express
HTC U11 is a top-end flagship with premium features and performance. I recommend this for those who want to flaunt a phone that is different from the pack and looks so. I would personally prefer more subtle colours options of the phone, but I am sure shiny metal works well for a lot of people, who are okay spending more that Rs 50,000 for their next smartphone. HTC U11 is clearly one of the top Android flagships in the market at the moment... Full review
Talk Android

Plenty to love, plenty to hate

from Talk Android
The HTC U11 is a good phone. It’s really close to being a great phone, and it’s even a market leader in categories like battery life and camera quality. For an enthusiast, this is a perfect phone; relatively untouched software, killer hardware, and no gimmicks to get in the way. For everyone that’s not an enthusiast, though, it’s not really clear why you should buy the U11... Full review

A flagship class flagship

from Digit
The HTC U11 is an extremely fast smartphone with a great camera. It's the best HTC fans can get right now, but it loses out in terms of premium feel and future-facing technology in the current flagship market. It's good, but not good enough... Full review
IT Pro

Nice and squeezy does it

from IT Pro
An excellent camera, speedy performance and a gorgeous design make the HTC U11 one of the best smartphones on the market, although it's let down somewhat by the screen... Full review

Gimmicky features distract from pure power

from Cnet
You won’t be picking this one up for squeezable sides. You’ll be picking up the HTC U11 for the performance and the design... Full review

It’s great and blows the Galaxy S8 out of the water

from Phandroid
Well, not all devices are created equal. Even when we’re talking about the same exact battery capacity, Android version, and processor — battery life can vary wildly between two devices. While it’d be easy to assume that perhaps the slower performing device would provide the best battery life — the Galaxy S8 in this case — the HTC U11 not only smokes the competition in raw speed, but battery life too. Crazy, huh?.. Full review
Android Central

An excellent handset that sets the tone for the future of HTC's smartphone business

from Android Central
So why should you buy an HTC flagship in 2017? For me, the answer lies in the HTC U11's top-tier performance, gorgeous design and almost unrivalled camera experience. And as high-end smartphones become increasingly homogenous, the camera might be what swings it for the U11. It's crazy to think that two years ago we were dealing with a genuinely awful camera in the One M9 — the progress HTC has made in this area in a relatively short space of time is worthy of high praise... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date June 9, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, India
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.1 Nougat

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.45 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
64 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.95 W/kg
Body: 0.48 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Headphones, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time 664 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 628 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
1470 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Amazing Silver, Brilliant Black, Ice White, Sapphire Blue, Solar Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.4 x 7.6 x 0.8 cm
(6.1 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 169 grams
(6 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged Design No
IP Rating IP 67
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology S-LCD 5
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel Density 534 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Chrome
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture ƒ/1.7
Resolution 12+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR, Hyperlapse, Slow moion recording (1080p@120fps)
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 16+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info Self-timer, Auto selfie, Voice activation, HDR, Selfie Panorama
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP4, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, MKV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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