Both glass-bodied Android Nougat smartphones only launched, and there’s a lot to like about them both. But, law be told, they’re unequivocally opposite everywhere else.
Samsung went for a all-screen front and a bigger 5.8-inch display, while HTC opted for gripping a fingerprint sensor home symbol on a 5.5-inch shade and adding a app-launching squeezable frame.
Which phone is your subsequent 12- or 24-month commitment? We’ve been contrast out both to assistance we confirm on a improved phone.
- Read a in-depth hands on: HTC U11 review
HTC U11 and Samsung Galaxy S8 kicked their aluminum and cosmetic forerunners to a quell for an all-glass pattern on a front and behind and steel frames in between.
They’re a best-looking (and shiniest) phones from any company, yet we can unequivocally tell them apart. Their fronts are unequivocally different.
Samsung’s ‘Infinity Display’ gives we a large 5.8-inch arrangement yet creation a phone measure too most bigger. Gone are unnecessary bezels and a (very missable) fingerprint sensor home button.
HTC U11 doesn’t follow a all-screen trend and sticks with a tried-and-true front-fingerprint intuiting home button. It does have a possess tricks, though.
It support is squeezable, that – in a destiny refurbish – is going to launch any app we map to this peculiar phone gesture.
We also favourite a fact that HTC U11 has some-more energetic colors available. You can get it in Solar Red (our favorite), Amazing Silver (yeah, flattering ‘amazing,’ yet c’mon: Red!), Brilliant Black, Sapphire Blue and Ice White.
Both Samsung and HTC introduced bigger displays to their constant phone fanbase this year, and we like a maximized distance in rather minimal dimensions.
Samsung was means to fit a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ arrangement into a phone that’s roughly a same distance as final year’s Galaxy S7 (it’s only a bit taller). That’s good engineering. It also packs in mobile HDR (though, we’re watchful for HDR video calm for that to even be useful).
Here’s what we miss: a front earthy home symbol with a fingerprint scanner. The sensor is on a behind and off-set from a centered behind camera. Ugh.
HTC U11 gives us a 5.5-inch Quad HD shade that’s incomparable than final year’s 5.2-incher, yet doesn’t widen out adequate to be an all-screen phone. The trade-off is that it keeps a fingerprint scanner where it belongs, on a front.
You might notices some differences between Samsung’s best-in-class Super AMOLED arrangement and HTC’s Super LCD panel. AMOLED has a story of being a best choice for VR gaming, if that matters to you.
OS and power
HTC U11 is rising after a Samsung Galaxy S8, yet that means it can get a new chipset that Samsung is assisting make with Qualcomm. LG G6, that didn’t launch in Samsung’s draft, has an comparison chipset.
That’s good new since both these Android Nougat phones give we a latest chipsets, yet Samsung uses a possess even improved Exynos chip outward a US.
HTC U11 wants to be a improved long-term smartphone, however, and it’s doing that with a choice of a normal 4GB of RAM (same as Samsung) or 6GB of RAM. This raises a roof for multitasking and carrying some-more apps open during once.
Both are going to be copiousness powerful, and it can be argued that we unequivocally don’t need 6GB of RAM on a phone right now. Android’s program stipulations are a bigger emanate to going full-power. But it’s a good future-proofing perk 24 months from now.
Battery and camera
Samsung is personification it protected with a 3,000mAh battery size, given all of a Galaxy Note 7 fires and recalls. It still has unequivocally glorious battery life, generally when regulating battery-saving tricks like switching to a Full HD resolution.
HTC U11 goes for a same regressive battery life distance of 3,000mAh. We feel as if both phones could have squeezed bigger batteries into their parsimonious frames, yet we’re still awaiting all-day battery life with normal use.
You’re unequivocally not removing matching camera specs from these dual phones.
The Galaxy S8 has an glorious 12MP sensor on a behind with a f/1.7 aperture. It takes glorious photos, and does a good pursuit in low-light too. The 8MP front-facing camera is Samsung’s genuine camera ascent for 2017, and a company’s camera app stays among a best.
The HTC U11 also shoots with a 12MP sensor and f/1.7 orifice as a categorical rear-facing camera, yet like a Samsung phone, a prominence is that front-facing camera with an considerable 16MP. It’s a vital ascent for long-time HTC users.
Both Samsung and HTC are rising code new designs for their smartphones and they’re unequivocally moulding adult to be among a best phones of 2017.
Samsung delivered a lot with a initial all-screen phone, yet HTC is perplexing to guarantee we some-more in each other non-display difficulty with more RAM and some-more pixel-dense selfie photos.
We have some some-more contrast to do before we establish what we consider of a HTC U11, yet a a potion phone that rivals a Galaxy S8 in a lot of ways, and we’re intrigued by a stirring squeezable support that’s ostensible to launch apps. It’s a strangest gesticulate by-pass we’ve seen in a while, and value checking out.