Most of the time, straight numbers don’t tell the whole story when comparing top tier Android smartphones. They often run similar processors and feature the same hardware, so it really comes down to software optimization and what enhancements a manufacturer adds on their version of Android.
The G6 and U11 are both flagships, so they’re both likely to perform very well. In terms of hardware, the U11 is a little better equipped because it’s driven by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip, as opposed to the older but still capable Snapdragon 821.
It also features a dual-camera setup that includes a 13-megapixel camera paired with a 71-degree wide-angle lens that boasts optical image stabilization and an f/1.8 aperture, as well as a second 13-megapixel camera paired with a wider 125-degree lens that has a fixed f/2.4 aperture. That’s an impressive setup that will open up scenarios and photo opportunities other phones simply can’t take advantage of.
In addition, the U11 has a unique Edge Sense feature that lets you squeeze the sides of the phone to trigger certain actions, such as snapping a photo or launching voice-to-text. It’s a neat idea, but the value of this feature will ultimately depend on how well apps integrate it.
Like the LG G6, the HTC U11 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and is skinned with a manufacturer UI. It’s not Daydream- or Gear VR-ready, though, which may make it less suited to those looking to enjoy high-definition mobile content on their device.