One of the most impressive aspects of the HTC U11 – aside from its unique Edge Sense feature – is its 12MP DualPixel 3 rear camera. Arguably HTC’s best smartphone camera to date, DxOMark has given its verdict on the U11’s camera performance, and the site rated it even higher than both the Google Pixel and Samsung Galaxy S8.
With an overall score of 90, the U11 is DxOMark’s best performer yet. In comparison, the Google Pixel and Galaxy S8 received scores of 89 and 88 respectively. While this difference may not seem like much, DxOMark’s extensive testing of the U11’s camera performance does show some noticeable improvements.
The U11’s autofocus performance, for one, is “some of the best of any mobile device we’ve (DxOMark) tested.” In fact, the site mentioned that the U11’s camera sensor uses dual-pixel phase detection autofocus, which is similar to the Galaxy S8’s dual-pixel camera.
Aside from fast autofocus speeds, the U11 also boasts good detail preservation regardless of lighting conditions, good dynamic range, and “generally pleasant” white balance. However, DxOMark mention that some outdoor shots taken with the U11 have a “slight bluish cast” too.
Evidently, DxOMark thinks very highly of the HTC U11’s camera performance, and it does seem to be a very promising shooter. Needless to say, we’ll be putting the U11 through its paces once we have the device in for review; it’s set to be launched in Malaysia sometime in the second week of June 2017.