HTC has pretty much taken the world by storm with its latest offering, the U11. The smartphone comes with an incredibly attractive hardware specs sheet and an equally appealing design, although it’s a subjective thing. But what about the LG G6 which has been around for a couple of months now? Well, it’s a pretty decent flagship on its own, capable of taking on even the mightiest of the business. However, the handset isn’t without its faults either. For starters, the company has taken a big step back by using the older Snapdragon 821 chip. But can LG make up for this omission in other areas? Let’s have a detailed look at this comparison to find out. Bear in mind that the LG G6 can be snapped up right away, whereas the HTC U11 is yet to be made available in the markets. This could work well in favor of LG for a variety of reasons.
HTC U11 vs LG G6
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|LG||LG G6 - Dual Sim||447.83|
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HTC U11 vs LG G6 Spec Comparison
LG is using its display expertise here as the manufacturer is packing a 5.7-inch Quad HD display with the G6 flagship. Although it’s not the best display going around, it’s certainly up there. However, users will find it to be slightly lacking in terms of battery efficiency and color reproduction. You can expect pretty decent viewing angles on the LG G6. Mobile displays have evolved a great deal in the past few years. So users can always be assured of getting the best tech on board.
The HTC U11 comes equipped with a 5.5-inch Quad HD Super LCD5 panel. HTC has used Super LCD panels for quite some time now, so this aspect doesn’t particularly surprise us. The phone is yet to reach retailer shelves, but there have been multiple reports praising the display quality on the device. Other factors like battery efficiency and performance have to be ascertained upon launch. But if past Super LCD displays are anything to go by, we expect to be fairly impressed this time around as well.
The HTC U11 is using a 12-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.7 lens. Needless to say, this has one of the best mobile cameras in the business. DxOMark has rated this to be the best in the business recently, leaving behind the likes of the Google Pixel and the Apple iPhone 7. Naturally, HTC has put in a lot of work for the camera here, and the results are pretty much out there. Image samples taken from the handset look pretty impressive with rich color reproduction and impressive depth. Early reviews have praised the video recording capabilities of the handset as well. HTC is using a 16-megapixel camera on the front this time around, which promises to be a treat for the customers.
The G6 is using a dual-camera setup on the back, consisting of two 12-megapixel cameras. We have been very impressed with the camera performance of the G6, although it’s nowhere close to being the best. The camera comes with optical image stabilization on board, allowing for pretty impressive performance even when your hands are shaking. There’s no doubt that the LG G6 will fare among the best camera phones on the market today. LG is using a conventional 5-megapixel front camera with this handset, which is a disappointment, especially when we compare this to the HTC U11. But this shouldn’t particularly be a concern if you’re not a big fan of selfies. But if we’re comparing the camera credentials of the two devices, the HTC U11 will always win.
Given that HTC is launching the U11 slightly later than the G6, the company can use the Snapdragon 835 chipset. This chip is currently seen only on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8+. This is because of Samsung and Qualcomm’s exclusivity agreement. Keeping this in mind, the HTC U11 is one of the most powerful handsets available in the market. Initial benchmark results have suggested that the scores are pretty identical to Samsung’s flagship, so one can expect the speed to be pretty much the same. HTC has made a ton of OS modifications to accommodate the faster processor.
The HTC U11 will be available in 4GB and 6GB RAM variants, offering users the choice to pick the best one suited for their usage. American customers will only get to choose from the 4GB model, though.
The LG G6 is running the Snapdragon 821 chipset under the hood, which is very disappointing. However, LG didn’t have much of a say in this area as it was not allowed to use the Snapdragon 835 chipset. This meant that the company had to release the smartphone with the Snapdragon 821 chip. This SoC can be found in multiple flagships from 2016. One big caveat here is that the SD835 uses an octa-core processor while the SD821 settles for a quad-core processor. This could put the LG G6 in danger of losing all the attention to the newer entrant. However, LG will hope that its marketing prowess will come to the fore yet again. The G6 comes with 4GB of RAM on board.
The LG G6 is packing a 3,300 mAh battery under the hatch, which should be plenty to keep the smartphone running for long intervals. There’s Quick Charge 3.0 on board as well, which is Qualcomm’s latest Quick Charging standard. This basically allows you to charge your smartphone in double quick time. A feature like this is quite helpful when you’re leaving somewhere and need your device to be charged quickly.
The U11 is sporting a slightly smaller 3,000 mAh battery under the hood. Clearly, it’s not as big as the LG G6, but we can’t tell for sure if it will perform better or worse than the G6. But if we’re going by just numbers, the LG G6 is the clear winner. This device comes with Quick Charge 3.0 by default.
It’s important to understand that battery life is mostly about software optimization. So even though the capacity is small on paper, real world usage could vary significantly. Customers shouldn’t have any issues with regards to battery life on both smartphones.
Both handsets come with USB Type-C and water resistance on board. However, the rating slightly differs. While the LG G6 comes with an IP68 rating, the HTC U11 settles for IP67. Both are pretty decent in real world usage, but the LG G6 is slightly more durable as it can even survive dunks in water. Overall, customers can expect to be pretty content with the water and dust resistance on both the handsets.
The HTC U11 will be launched in 64 and 128GB storage variants, with microSD support included to give you an option to increase the storage if you please. The LG G6 will only be sold in 32 or 64GB models, and there’s microSD expansion available here too. So it seems like both HTC and LG have covered their bases pretty well.
The U11 will be sold in Amazing Silver, Sapphire Blue, Brilliant Black, Ice White, and Solar Red, while the LG G6 is available in Mystic White, Astro Black, and Ice Platinum. HTC seems to have an upper hand over LG here, although too many color choices is not necessarily a good thing. Users will find fingerprint scanners on both handsets, with the U11 going with a front mounted unit, while the LG G6 uses a conventional rear-facing fingerprint sensor.
Both are exceptional smartphones in their own right, and speak volumes about the growth that the mobile industry has seen over the past few years. By pushing each other’s limits of perfection, the industry always has something amazing to offer. While it would be slightly over-the-top to call the LG G6 or the HTC U11 a masterpiece, they are no doubt very worthy contenders to Samsung in the Android world. Whether the smartphones will actually leave a mark on the industry or not something for only time to tell.
The HTC U11 is expected to be available later this month in some regions for $649. The LG G6 can be bought from a variety of retailers and carriers in the U.S. The full retail pricing for the G6 currently stands at a little over $600. Considering all the features on board the both handsets, we think they’re pretty evenly matched. While HTC has an upper hand in terms of the processor and the power it brings, the bigger display on the G6 is clearly a plus. So it all comes down to personal preference. Choose wisely.