HTC U11 vs. Samsung Galaxy S8+: Pixel Duel

24 May 2017
In this follow-up to the pick-a-flagship shootout from the weekend we take a close look at how the prominent absentee in that three-way contest - the HTC U11 - stacks up to the Galaxy S8+ camera.

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  • Moose31

Great Comparison ! Now I'm Wondering To Buy HTC
U 11 Or The S8 ?

  • AnonD-660759

Rafe Firmani, 02 Jun 2017People who say that S8 camera somehow has more detail are i... moreThis guy doesnt know that DxO is a stupid website huh? Just give them money and they will tell sweet things about any camera. Just wait for the people around the world using it and they will give the feedback soon.

  • C

Anonymous, 02 Jun 2017Lol. You must not have ever actually compared the audio. Es... moreNevermind that the audio is better on the U11, would appear that the U11 is faster than the Samsung Exynos version of the S8 as well, according to: youtu.be/CaqJ8VDD9LQ
Maybe this is because the guy's S8 has UFS 2.0 and not 2.1 like U11. Or maybe the U11 is faster due to better software and better ram management. Who knows...but from what I can see, U11 is faster than S8 Exynos.
So U11: better camera, better audio, faster, cheaper.
S8: smaller bezel when virtual bezels in apps not taken into consideration.

  • ADI

Anonymous, 02 Jun 2017Lol. You must not have ever actually compared the audio. Es... moreBuddy, he is right! No one can beat Htc in Audio ... N now even in Camera too Lol ... 1st go n get the devices n compare it then come here :)

  • ADI

Anonymous, 02 Jun 2017Yeah cause HTC didn't have sharpening anywhere and me stati... moreLol i know its hard to admit that U11 has already beaten S8 ... haha But thats how it goes n is the reality now and u need to grow up n accept it :) LOLOL

  • Anonymous

Hudinited, 01 Jun 2017Not bad idea but dont forget that cheaper phones have low p... moreCheck Moto g5 plus or something like that with sd 650 or newer. Even Moto e3 runs everything. Don't ask for heavy games though even flagships lower their resolution to play them

  • dameon

Ill wil first see befire i get him
They all say tesame,about the one, the nine,
That every thing bettee was but it isn"t
So i wait and see wen he is release i holland

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 02 Jun 2017HTC U11 is priced lower than the S8. Comparable to the G6 ... moreLol. You must not have ever actually compared the audio. Especially on an exynos device

  • Anonymous

Rafe Firmani, 02 Jun 2017People who say that S8 camera somehow has more detail are i... moreYeah cause HTC didn't have sharpening anywhere and me stating results somehow meant I only mentioned sharp details.
Grow up

Anonymous, 01 Jun 2017Sorry. Results and logic speak for themselves so noPeople who say that S8 camera somehow has more detail are ignorant sheeps!
That is actually the software sharpening the sensor output - which you can easily do in post processing for the image. HTC by not oversharpening the images preserves a lot of color and luminanscence information near the edges of the objects which give a huge depth to which you can edit the images.
I suggest you import images from the s8 and the U11 into snapseed and play around with the saturation, sharpness, ambiance and contrast slider..... You will easily notice that s8 image degrade much faster than U11 which has a lot more info.

DXoMark gives U11 score 90, and this time they're not lying.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 31 May 2017While the still photo shooting is similar, the video sample... moreHTC U11 is priced lower than the S8. Comparable to the G6 but with SD835 and not SD821. And no, Samsung phones does not have anywhere near the audio capabilities of HTC, let alone comparing it to U11's Boomsound.

  • ADI

Anonymous, 02 Jun 2017Except it clearly is not. U11 is a clear winner, It has beaten S8 buddy.. In Almost everything. Superb LCD, World class camera, Brilliant audio, Lag-free smooth software, wonderful performance, best design, Edge sense, N don't forget to #LOVEU11 .. LOL :)

  • Anonymous

ADI, 02 Jun 2017U11 is definitely superior from all of them in everything t... moreExcept it clearly is not.

  • ADI

U11 is definitely superior from all of them in everything that a smartphone needs .. :)

  • Anonymous

Photographer., 01 Jun 2017Ok, I had Z, Z1,Z2, Z3 (best Xperia ever), Z5 and now ZX ..... moreAll phones on every platform have lagged or crashed at least a tiny bit. It's just the reality of the situation

  • Photographer.

Ok, I had Z, Z1,Z2, Z3 (best Xperia ever), Z5 and now ZX ... So as you can see I'm the fanboy of Sony. I love their light android version, never lagged, never had any issues, brilliant phones but ... But handheld in low light is NIGHTMARE... I was many times comparing to friends Samsungs or LGs ... I agree that in daylight by small details Xperia's pics are better but... this difference isnt huge... Definitely Sony is suffering for night time... Even sunset time is bad... I'm not having tripod with me 24/7 and majority of my phone pics are night pics... Difference at daytime with ZXP is marginal comparing to S8/U11, so I don't care so much, but difference at evening/night time is TREMENDOUS... And even if I will have tripod, it's hard to get good angle and view with pocket tripod... This time I'm changing to U11 for camera, because I don't like this Samsung algorithm under 1/4s. In addition I will get stereo speakers (Samsung, WHY?!), only one disadvantage for me is lack of jack, but this adapter should be enough... or there are micro-usb headphones for phones?

  • Anonymous

Rafe Firmani, 31 May 2017No matter what GSM Arena has tried hard to make you think o... moreSorry. Results and logic speak for themselves so no

  • AnonD-673115

ADI, 30 May 2017Lol... Htc's Better than both :)HTC U11 no chance vs Nokia 808 pureview, because sensor u11 very small....

Anonymous, 30 May 2017Those are mostly casual daylight situation though. I guess ... moreNot bad idea but dont forget that cheaper phones have low performance and 80% is bit laggy and with bugs so dont forget about quallity and battery life or even worse if you want to play some havy games or run out of the storage there are 100 more dissadvantages

  • Anonymous

While the still photo shooting is similar, the video sample related to stabilization in low light show a clear winner for video: S8+. There is no doubt about it, the video of HTC U11 is almost unusable while panning. But the Samsung's is ok.

I still think the HTC U11 is more beautiful. However, at 750EUR (no tax included) it is quite dear for a Taiwanese (Chinese) phone and even more expensive than the basic Galaxy S8, with which it compares more closely in terms of display width (700EUR before taxes).

Samsung offers more in almost any aspect: display, audio and video recording bitrate and for some aspects also the camera video performance, Samsung Pay, sensors (a lot more sensors, including iris scanner), wireless charging and so on.

So HTC'd better get to its senses and sell this phone around 600-650EUR all taxes included, otherwise nobody is crazy enough to pay more for significantly less.

And from the design point of view, yes, I would like to buy the U11. So that is why I fear the price. Or at least I hope for the price drop along time to be steeper than that of S8's. Otherwise, even if more uglier, I may go with the cheaper one.