Both the HTC U11 and the Sony Xperia XZ Premium are technically innovative, but only one of them seems to be truly modern. In this comparison we will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the flagships of Sony and HTC, although both are quite satisfactory, if you are looking for the best quality camera and performance, or a multimedia experience, continue reading this article to know By which you should decide.

HTC U11 vs Sony Xperia XZ Premium: design and construction

The HTC U11 has not attempted to integrate into the high-end. This latest flagship of the Taiwanese manufacturer is very striking thanks to its curves and colorful glass body. The glass that covers the screen and the back of the phone, which are Gorilla Glass 5 and 3 respectively, seems to melt almost imperceptibly with the aluminum edge and, in addition, it shines in a very beautiful way despite the finger marks that They are left to pick it up. The device has an IP67 certificate, which means it is water resistant to a depth of one meter and for 30 minutes.

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The HTC U11 in all its colors. / © AndroidPIT

Sony has not deviated from its distinctive OmniBalance design with its new Xperia XZ Premium, but rather presents us with a sober and subtle design, and a solid build quality with some improvements. The Chrome and Black variants are quite attractive, and the combination of glass and metal edge is a wise move. The front and back parts of the latest Sony flagship are covered with Gorilla Glass 5 for superior protection, and are IP 65/68 certified water and dust resistant.

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The Xperia XZ Premium. / © AndroidPIT

Both the HTC U11 and the XZ Premium have a 5.5-inch screen and fairly large bezels. The bezel radius of the HTC U11 is more or less 71.4% – better than the iPhone 7 Plus (67.7%), but smaller than the Galaxy S8 (84%). The bezel of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, on the other hand, is still larger than that of the U11 (68%), which makes it look more outdated, and is also about 2mm higher and 1mm wider than this. Although both devices are quite thin with a thickness of 7.9 mm, the XZ Premium is by far the heavier of the two with its 195 gr compared to 169 gr of U11. The rear camera sticks out a lot more on the HTC U11 than the XZ Premium, which makes it wobble when turned face up on a table.

HTC U11 vs Sony Xperia XZ Premium: Screen

The screen of the HTC U11 is 5.5 inches QHD (1440 x 2560) with a pixel density of about 539 ppi, but unfortunately it is not an OLED panel, which causes it to look a bit fuzzy and greyish when you look at the screen From one side, rather than frontally. Also, the device we tested, had a default color temperature too warm and we had to adjust it.

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The HTC U11 has an acceptable screen. / © AndroidPIT

The Xperia XZ Premium also has a 5.5-inch screen (3840 x 2160), but with a much higher pixel density of about 807 dpi. 4K resolution and HDR support make the screen look superior, though of course you have to have HDR content to enjoy the superior quality of the screen, content you can find right now on Netflix or Amazon. White balance can be adjusted more precisely on this device than on the HTC U11. Both screens have a suitable brightness.

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The screen of the XZ Premium is much better. / © AndroidPIT

HTC U11 vs Sony Xperia XZ Premium: software

What makes the HTC U11 really unique is its Edge Sense feature that allows you to perform certain functions by squeezing the phone softly or steadily. For some, this may prove to be a sales trick, while for others it may be the most interesting innovation when it comes to interacting with a smartphone.

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Squeeze the sides of the HTC U11 to take a picture! / © AndroidPIT

The HTC U11 comes with the latest version of Android, the 7.1.1, with the discrete user interface HTC Sense. HTC’s reputation for being up-to-date on upgrades means that the U11 is probably one of the first devices to have the Android O update.

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The HTC U11 / © AndroidPIT

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium also has the Android version 7.1.1 Nougat and comes with the Xperia user interface, which looks like the original Android. Sony also tends to distribute software updates on time, and like its HTC counterpart, the XZ Premium offers an assistant to free up internal memory and make it perform better.

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Xperia XZ Premium / © AndroidPIT

If you’re not sure which UI you like best, check out the article where we compared Android UIs.

HTC U11 Vs. Sony Xperia XZ Premium – Technical specifications

DIMENSIONS: 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm 156 x 77 x 7.9 mm
WEIGHT: 169 gr 195 g
BATTERY SIZE: 3000 mAh 3230 mAh
SCREEN SIZE: 5.5 inches 5.5 inches
SCREEN: 2560 x 1440 pixels (534 ppi) 3840 x 2160 pixels (801 ppi)
FRONTAL CAMERA: 16 megapixels 13 megapixels
REAR CAMERA: 12.2 megapixels 19 megapixels
FLASH: Dual-LED Not available!
ANDROID VERSION: 7.1.1 – Nougat 7.0 – Nougat
CHIPSET: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
NUMBER OF CORES: Referring to Fig. Referring to Fig.
MAXIMUM SPEED: 2.45 GHz 2.45 GHz
CONNECTIVITY: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth

HTC U11 vs. Sony Xperia XZ Premium: Performance

Both the HTC U11 and the Sony Xperia XZ Premium have the latest Qualcomm processor, the Snapdragon 835, along with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage space. With these similar specifications it is difficult to say which of the two has a better performance. If we compare the two devices side by side, the HTC U11 tends to open applications a little faster, which we showed in our recent speed test . The HTC U11 also seems to offer a slightly better and better gaming experience after testing it with the Asphalt 8. All this said we can say that both devices offer a performance that would be expected from a flagship 2017 and that none will disappoint.

HTC U11 vs Sony Xperia XZ Premium: Audio

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has two stereo speakers on the front and is compatible with LDAC, which prevents loss of sound quality when connecting the device to a wireless speakers or headphones. The U11 boasts the famous HTC BoomSound speakers and sets the bar even higher by allowing sound designers to develop the interior of the phone to create resonance. However, it does not have a true stereo sound, since the loudspeaker on the top is used in combination with the speaker amplifier on the bottom of the device. The XZ Premium speakers produce superior sound quality, while the U11 can be a bit noisy. As usual,

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The HTC U11 does not include a headphone jack, but uses a USB type C, however comes with an adapter so you do not have to do without your headphones. The Sony XZ Premium, on the other hand, still includes a standard headphone jack.

The HTC U11 has four perfectly coated microphones designed for focused or omni-directional sound: one the bottom, the other the top, the bottom at the back and finally at the top front. The Xperia XZ Premium has two microphones, one of which is to eliminate noise.

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Personalize your audio profile with the HTC U11. / © AndroidPIT

HTC U11 vs Sony Xperia XZ Premium: Camera

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has a 19 megapixel main camera with a f / 2.0 aperture, while the HTC U11 has a 12 megapixel with a f / 1.7 aperture. The Xperia XZ Premium’s main camera has a three-layer image sensor that can shoot in slow motion up to 960 frames per second. It also allows the sensor to capture the images before the shutter button is pressed all the way down, which means that the Sony Predictive Shot can take a total of up to 4 photos so you can choose the one you like the most. The Xperia XZ Premium can also record videos in 4 K at 30 fps.

Both cameras give good results, but as you can see in the results of our test blind camera , the HTC U11 is better overall and also has the highest score of DxOMark experts.

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Both phones have a simple camera application, but full of functions. / © AndroidPIT

The front camera of the HTC flagship is 16 megapixels, even more than the rear camera, while the front camera of the XZ Premium is 13 megapixels.

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You can use the HTC 11 Edge Sense feature to take quick shots. / © AndroidPIT

Taking pictures with these phones is a breeze. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has a shooting button on the right side, and with the HTC U11 you only have to squeeze the edges to open the camera application and take pictures.

HTC U11 vs Sony Xperia XZ Premium: Battery

Like all flagships of 2017, these two devices are expected to use a lot of power. The HTC U11 has a normal size battery of 3.000 mAh with a duration of a whole day without having to load it again doing normal use. The Xperia XZ Premium has a 3,230 mAh battery that powers your 4 K screen, along with a Smart STAMINA mode to save battery life based on your use. Depending on how you use your phone, you probably will not have to recharge it until the end of the day.

HTC U11 vs. Sony Xperia XZ Premium: Conclusion

If you’re not a fan of Sony’s classic design, the first impression you get from the Xperia XZ Premium is that it has a high quality construction but with an outdated appearance, especially if you put it next to the shiny and curved HTC U11. And although the flagship of Sony has many technical innovations and clearly has a screen and speakers of better quality, only wins the HTC U11 for its multimedia experience, but not for the experience in general. The HTC U11 makes better photos, and even though it has the same processor, the same version of Android and the same RAM, has better performance.

Both smartphones meet the expectations of a 2017 flagship of high quality, but only one of them has an appearance and gives a modern feel. If you’re looking for the best performance, opt for HTC U11 with Edge Sense for € 749. If you are looking for the best multimedia experience and prefer a more sober design, get a Sony Xperia XZ Premium also for € 749.

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