HTC U11 First Impressions- Is the glossy back enough?

By / June 19, 2017 6

After Launching its HTC U11, also known the “squeezable” smartphone, in Taiwan back this month. Now India is the country where this phone has been rolled out. Means to say HTC has officially launched it in India. Whereas internationally, HTC has shown up two variants, i.e., 4GB RAM/64GB Internal memory, and 6GB RAM/128GB Internal memory, those two variants are only brought to India. While having HTC U11 First Impressions, we taken back awhile as why this smartphone comes with the massive price tag of Rs. 51,990, This we’ll talk about later. However, soon you can purchase it through Amazon India and offline ways springing from the last week of this month in Brilliant Black color options and Amazing Brilliant.


The Unique merchandising factor in HTC U11’s is its Edge Sense feature, but it also packed with other Going things regarding the spec-sheet – it uses Qualcomm’s very new Snapdragon 835 processor, and has an Efficacious 6GB of RAM. This phone has many impressive features to highlight so Lets hands on the device and here are our first impressions.

The first noticeable thing that you’ll feel about the HTC U11 when you pick it up its glossy back. Alike the HTC U Ultra that been launched back this year, the U11 also comes with the blazing back. It looks great, especially the chosen vibrant colors which make its back much alluring, though the glass is slippery also a fingerprint magnet.

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It measures 153.9×75.9×7.9mm. It’s quite not easy to hold with one hand. Only the people with smaller hands might have issues while managing this phone. It’s rated IP6 for dust and water resistance.

Getting to the ‘squeezable’ part, HTC has brought out a new feature in U11 called Edge Sense. That lets users launch apps, turn on the flashlight, or even supports screenshots by just squeezing the sides of the device. It’s indeed a unique and dominant feature that HTC has added. Pressure sensors allow it to diagnose the intensity and timing of squeezes. Users can assign several functions based on the pattern, e.g., Htc’s digital assistant can be launched by simply using a light press, and if we squeeze it for a little while, then this can help you for taking screenshots.


HTC claims that in coming months it will be supplementing more functionality to the feature. In our short time with the smartphone, we observed that the Edge Sense feature helpful but didn’t agree on the fact that it adds value to the phone as yet. However, our first impression is not the final verdict about this phone, and You’ll have to wait for our final judgment on the new feature.

Proceeding to the display on the HTC U11, the smartphone carries a 5.5-inch Quad H (1440×2560 pixels) Super LCD screen (Corning Gorilla Glass 5). While using this phone, we found the HTC U11 has an impressive display quality, and one can quickly unearth by touching it.

Sadly, this phone lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, but it bundles its U Sonic earphones with HTC U11, as well as USB Type-C adapter. The Quality of the audio offered by these earphones to be sublime.

This Dual Nano Handset runs on Android 7.1 Nougat with the HTC Sence skin on top. Thanks to its robust 2.45GHz quad-core Snapdragon 835 Soc and impressive 6GB of RAM. In our brief time with this smartphone, It didn’t even lag for a second while launching apps. We would like to say this is our first impression as this is not our conclusion so sit relax till we contain in-depth breakdown of the HTC U11’s performance.


The HTC U11 is coupled with a 12-MP primary camera with what the company names” ultra-spread autofocus, a BSI sensor, a f/1.7 aperture, optical image stabilization, and a dual LED flash. Video slow motion record and with the 4K resolution support. In the front, we have a 16-MP camera with a BSI sensor, which can record full-HD video. In our short analysis, we found that the pictures coming out with the both cameras were crisp and clear.

You get 128GB of storage, which is expandable using a microSD card slot (up to 2TB). Connectivity options on the HTC U11 include 4G LTE, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi at (2.4GHz & 5GHz), and NFC. It also packs a 3000mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0.

You get a 128GB internal memory, which can further raise to 2TB using microSD card slot. Connectivity options on the HTC U11 are 4G LTE, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi at (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Bluetooth 4.2, and NFC. It also enfolds a 300mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0

Carrying a price tag of RS 51,990, the HTC U11 will be battling against premium flagships counting the Samsung Galaxy S8, Apple iPhone 7 and LG G6. While it seems fair enough regarding performance, it is to be seen that whether HTC will be able to make this phone stand out from the most Trending and established competitors. We will come with the full summary about the Phone stay tuned to



    I’ve always been a Samsung fan, but I’ve leately been getting a bit curious about HTC stuff.

    They’re getting really good at making fancy phones!

    This one looks cool. Nice RAM, the LCD display is really wide and high quality and I don’t think the price is too high for what they offer.

    I’m considering the U11 as an option when I get my new smartphone.

    Thanks for the review! 😉


    Your post is so helpful with a lot of useful information. I have to admit I was only into Samsung and was looking to buy another Samsung called J7 pro. After reading your post, I think I have changed my mind. Samsung J7 pro and this HTC U11 have many same features (5.5 inches screen, android 7, etc). What is the different between the two that makes this one stand out?
    Thank you so much!


      Good question Mila, Sometimes specs has nothing to do with the performance, There are loads of factors which determine the actual power of the phone. However, if you want to know what makes this one stand out then, there are few changes that Samsung has worked on galaxy j7 pro and galaxy j7 max, like Samsung pay addition, impressive 13 MP camera and the latest Nougat update. On the other hand HTC u11 is the most awaited handset in its flagship where there are some unique features like Samsung has “BIXBY” for its galaxy s8 and s8+ and HTC u11 has “EDGE SENSE”, adorable body and Mountainous 8 GB of RAM. We have not yet given our full statement on these phones, this might take some time. 

    The Dad

    I’ve been in the market recently for a new phone. I’ve used android and ios phones, but I’ve never tried an HTC phone. How would you say this compares to the Galaxy S8?

    In any case I love the glossy blue color and will definitely be considering The HTC U11 when I decide to upgrade.

      Gadgetor Team

      Thanks for the comment, Definitely you can opt for htc u11 over galaxy s8, In Both phones there seems to be negligible difference in battery and camera quality. Some Unique feature may interest you otherwise both phones are good looking and delivering best service as possible.


    Hi Ankit

    I came across your site and seen the HTC. I remember about 12 years ago I had a HTC Touch and i was awesome. It’s nice to see they are still going strong. The phone looks real sleek the image used is very eye capturing. Makes me want one again lol.

    The new feature sounds awesome edge sense where you can press the side of the phone like buttons, nice feature. Thanks for the read great product.

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