Specs Comparison: HTC U11 vs Samsung Galaxy S8

Specs Comparison: HTC U11 vs Samsung Galaxy S8

HTC recently announced its flagship Android smartphone — the HTC U11. One its main competitor in the high-end handset game is the Samsung Galaxy S8. Can HTC’s choice of weapon match what others are offering? Here’s a quick comparison of the two.

HTC U11Samsung Galaxy S8
5.5-inch Super LCD5 @ 2560 x 1440 pixels5.8-inch Super AMOLED QHD+ Infinity display @ 2960 x 1440 pixels
534ppi568 ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 5Corning Gorilla Glass 5
2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core CPU2.3GHz Samsung Exynos 8895 Octa-core CPU
Adreno 540 GPUMali G71MP20 GPU
64GB / 128GB internal storage64GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD, up to 256GBExpandable up to 256GB via microSD (uses SIM 2 slot)
12MP f/1.7 Dual Pixel rear laser AF camera w/ dual-tone LED flash, OIS
12MP f/1.7 Dual Pixel rear camera with dual-tone, dual LED Flash
16MP f/1.7 front-facing camera8 megapixel AF front camera, f/1.7 aperture
4G LTE-A Cat16Dual SIM (hybrid), dual LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11ac, dual-bandWiFi 802.11ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 4.2Bluetooth 5.0
USB 3.1 (Type-C)USB 3.1 (Type-C)
Fingerprint scannerFingerprint scanner
Hi-Res DACHi-Fi audio
-Iris Scanner
-Heart Rate Sensor
Amazon AlexaSamsung Bixby
-Samsung DeX
3000mAh Li-Ion battery w/ Quick Charge 3.03,000mAh Li-Ion battery w/ adaptive fast charging
-Fast wireless charging
IP67 SplashproofIP68 Dust and Water resistant
Android 7.1 Nougat w/ HTC SenseAndroid 7.0 Nougat w/ Samsung TouchWiz UI
153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm
169 g151 g
Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, Solar RedMidnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold

HTC U11 advantages:

  • Higher RAM option
  • Large storage option
  • Higher megapixel count of front camera
  • Amazon Alexa assistant
  • Edge Sense

Samsung Galaxy S8 advantages:


  • Bigger display in smaller body
  • Higher pixel density
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Iris scanner
  • Heart rate sensor
  • Samsung Bixby
  • Samsung DeX
  • Wireless charging
  • IP68 certification

Looks like HTC and Samsung have different ways of defining the 2017 flagship segment. Samsung pushed its curved AMOLED panel to another level to come up with the Infinity Display. The South Korean company was able to fit a bigger display in a smaller body. HTC, on the other hand, went a bit traditional when it comes to its display but they still blessed it with a Quad HD panel for that crisp picture we always wanted.

What really sets HTC’s offering from the Galaxy S8 or even other phones is its Edge Sense technology. For HTC, this is the new technology they wanted to show the market. Rather than relying on just touch, you can send a command to your phone by squeezing it. It’s not exactly innovative but it’s really unique to HTC U11.

Camera-wise, they both have the same 12MP Dual Pixel camera with a bright f/1.7 aperture. Although, DxOMark marked the HTC U11 to have the best mobile camera based on its tests and findings.

As for of personal assistants, HTC partnered with Amazon to put in Alexa to its smartphone while Samsung has Bixby, it’s very own homebaked AI. The rest of the features leans towards the Galaxy S8 since Samsung likes to give everything it can put on its flagship device.

This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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2 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Nice comparison but i think the 3.5mm headphone jack was not mentioned.

  2. Anjdroid says:

    You should also consider that our local market does not have official htc here.

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