HTC U11 Review


The display is a 5.5″ Super LCD5 with 1440p (QHD) resolution. It’s a wonderful display: it’s sharp, has great colours, is bright enough to be viewed outdoors and dim enough to be viewed in the dark.

What’s not great are the bezels flanking the display. While they aren’t as large as those on the iPhone 7 Plus (whose bezels I find to be simply unacceptable), they are noticeably larger than those on my OnePlus 3. This wouldn’t have been such a major issue a year ago, but next to the widescreen and nearly bezeless 2017 flagship competition from LG and Samsung, the U11 begins to look a little dated.

(right to left) OnePlus 3, HTC U11, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. They all have 5.5″ screens, but the U11 has the largest bezels and size

Furthermore, thicker bezels lead to a wider phone. The U11 is wider than the OnePlus 3, Galaxy S8 and LG G6 (but not the iPhone 7 Plus). This makes the phone ever so slightly more uncomfortable to hold when switching from my OnePlus 3, but I got used to it.

On a slightly unrelated note, I do have a minor gripe with the narrow, off-centred sliver of a fingerprint scanner under the display. It’s a fast and accurate fingerprint reader, but the fact that it is so narrow and that it’s closer to the bottom of the phone than to the bottom of the screen irks me a little.

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