HTC U11 Review: Squeeze U: Performance

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Benchimprint performance

HTC made a nice go of utilizing the Snapdragon 835 instead of settling to utilize last year's chipset like the G6 did. The base version is available with 4GB Random-Access Memory (RAM) and 64GB storage, but there will also be a tricked out version with 6GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM) and 128GB storage on certain markets.

Given that the U11 is among those using Qualcomm's newest and fastest mobile chipset, we'll be comparing it against the likes of the Galaxy S8 in both elegant Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895 flavors, as well as the Xiaomi Mi6, and Sony Xperia XZ Premium, both of which are also on the SD 835.


As for performance tests, let's start with GeekBench 4. In the multi-core test, the Exynos-powered Galaxy S8+ tops the charts, where the Huawei Mate 9 once stood alone before the recent Exynos and elegant Qualcomm processors were available, now is a crowded area with scores clocking in neck-and-neck.

Meanwhile, the Snapdragon 821-powered phones are well behind the iPhone 7 Plus, which scored under all the current-gen Exynos, Qualcomm, and HiSilicon chips in the multicore test.

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GeekBench 4 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    6338

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    6132

  • HTC U11

    6125

  • Huawei Mate 9

    6112

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    6106

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    5837

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    5821

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    5664

  • OnePlus 3T

    4364

  • LG G6

    4209

  • Google Pixel XL

    4152

Switching to single-core performance reveals more about these processors. The iPhone 7 Plus' Fusion A10 chip is still unmatched in single-core performance. Meanwhile, the Exynos 8895, SD 835, and HiSilicon Kirin 960 are all quite similar in single-core performance. Remember, these numbers don't mean much as we progress through the other benchmarks - every benchimprint is different.

GeekBench 4 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    3473

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    2026

  • HTC U11

    1993

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    1943

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    1938

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    1937

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    1915

  • Huawei Mate 9

    1898

  • OnePlus 3T

    1890

  • LG G6

    1733

  • Google Pixel XL

    1507

Here is where graphics change things up. On Baseimprint X, the international Galaxy S8+ wins the competition. Following behind are the latest three Snadragon 835 devices, though the Galaxy S8+ was more behind than even the OnePlus 3T, which would be due to its 6GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM) and an up-tuned Snapdragon 821.

Even the Kirin 960 didn't do as well as others did in graphics, though the incompatibility is almost marginal. The U11 sits correct around the performance of the Mi 6 and Xperia XZ Premium.

Baseimprint X

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    43862

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    38541

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    38507

  • HTC U11

    38399

  • OnePlus 3T

    36958

  • Huawei Mate 9

    36519

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    34951

  • Google Pixel XL

    30861

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    30602

  • LG G6

    30507

GFX Bench takes OpenGL 3.1 and puts raw graphic rendering to the test. Off-classy screen tests are easier to compare since it levels the playing field to a 1080p resolution while on-classy screen tests measures the phone's unique performance based on display's native or set display resolution.

In Off-classy screen tests, the U11 hit higher marks, though the Exynos S8+ was within one score point. Otherwise, you'll see the HTC phone score around the middle of the bag in On-classy screen tests since the processor has to manipulate significantly more pixels than the Mi 6, iPhone 7 Plus, and Xperia XZ Premium, all of which rendered the on-classy screen test at 1080p.

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    42

  • HTC U11

    41

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    41

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    39

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    39

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    39

  • OnePlus 3T

    33

  • Google Pixel XL

    32

  • LG G6

    26

  • Huawei Mate 9

    22

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    19

GFX 3.1 Car scene (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    25

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    25

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    25

  • HTC U11

    24

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    23

  • OnePlus 3T

    20

  • Google Pixel XL

    19

  • LG G6

    16

  • Huawei Mate 9

    13

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    12

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    42

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    41

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    41

  • OnePlus 3T

    33

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    23

  • Huawei Mate 9

    23

  • HTC U11

    19

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    18

  • Google Pixel XL

    17

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    12

  • LG G6

    12

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    25

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    25

  • OnePlus 3T

    20

  • Huawei Mate 9

    14

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    13

  • HTC U11

    13

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    12

  • Google Pixel XL

    11

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    9

  • LG G6

    8.5

This next test continues the theme of graphics performance. The U11's Adreno 540 was generally within the other Snapdragon 835 performers of the bunch. The iPhone 7 Plus leads the pack and the Adreno 530 in the Snapdragon 820/821 aren't too far behind the U11.

Baseimprint ES 3.1 / Metal

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    1517

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    1111

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    861

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    842

  • HTC U11

    836

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    817

  • Huawei Mate 9

    794

  • OnePlus 3T

    641

  • Google Pixel XL

    626

  • LG G6

    541

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II encompasses CPU, GPU, RAM, Web, and Operating System (OS) performance into a single score. The U11 did pretty well in this test scored behind only the Mi 6 and Xperia XZ Premium. The LG G6 scored last, behind the Huawei Mate 9.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    4402

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    4127

  • HTC U11

    3877

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    3447

  • OnePlus 3T

    3328

  • Huawei Mate 9

    3280

  • LG G6

    2291

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II 2.0 includes the iPhone 7 Plus in the chart, which sits correct at the top anyway. While the numbers are a bit different, the U11 scored closer to the middle of the pile.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    3796

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    3547

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    3319

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    3298

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    3174

  • HTC U11

    2970

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    2940

  • OnePlus 3T

    2678

  • Huawei Mate 9

    2637

  • Google Pixel XL

    2281

  • LG G6

    2126

Finally, in the widely popular Antutu 6, the U11 tops the charts, barely scoring past the Mi 6, followed by the iPhone 7 Plus. This makes the HTC U11 the highest-scoring device on Antutu 6.

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • HTC U11

    177343

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    177326

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    174987

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    174070

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    168133

  • OnePlus 3T

    165097

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    144223

  • LG G6

    143639

  • Google Pixel XL

    141186

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    126252

  • Huawei Mate 9

    122826

Overall performance of the HTC U11 is top-notch just as the high-discontinue chipset would suggest. The UI is fluid and there's zero stutter, no matter how many apps you're using. Loading larger apps like heavy games doesn't even create this thing sweat. On that note, we've experienced no temperature spikes while using this phone at all. The occasional long session of gameplay might, though.


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