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Nokia 8 vs. HTC U 11 – Which One Wins The Battle?

At the beginning of August, 2017 Nokia has announced their new flagship smartphone: Nokia 8 which will run on Android.

The HTC U 11 is a different flagship smartphone which has different specs and features.

But how do we choose between these two great devices?

We’ve gathered a few details regarding design, display, specs, cameras and other features to see which one will win our full attention.

Striking Design

Both devices have a great design.

Nokia 8 has an aluminum body with a curved rear. It comes in four colors, having also a polished copper and polished blue finish. It has a fingerprint sensor beneath the display, USB-C and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. As a downside, it is not a waterproof smartphone.

The HTC U 11 is also a great designed smartphone, as it has a liquid glass surface which contains refractive minerals layered so that they would create a beautiful range of colors. The phone has a similar curved rear, sides which can be squeezed to access different functions. It also has a fingerprint scanner like Nokia 8, and both headphone jack and the USB-C. It’s a waterproof phone, its downside is that it has single lens rear camera.

The Display and the Cameras

Nokia 8 has a 5.3 inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels (554 ppi), which is protected by Gorilla Glass 5.

The HTC U 11 has a larger Super LCD display of 5.5 inches with a lower pixel density (534 ppi), but not noticeable to the naked eye. It also features a Gorilla Glass 5 display protection.

The cameras is where Nokia 8 is stronger, offering two sensors on the rear, each having 13 Megapixels, one sensor is RGB and one is monochrome. The front camera is also 13 megapixels. What’s most important at Nokia 8 is that it has a Dual-Sight feature which allows the user to capture with all cameras (rear and front) and stream them on Facebook or YouTube.

The HTC U 11 offers a single 12 megapixel rear sensor and an UltraSpeed Autofocus. The front camera has 16 megapixels and features such as Auto Selfie, Voice Selfie and Live Make – Up.

Hardware and Software

Both HTC U 11 and Nokia 8 have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage, offering the opportunity to expand the storage with a microSD.

They both can be quick charged with the help of USB – C, with a difference to the Nokia 8 battery 3090 mAh, unlike the smaller one for HTC U 11, 3000 mAh.

When we’re looking at the audio specs, HTC U 11 has a better performance, featuring 3D Audio recording, active noise cancellation and a BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition.

The software on both devices has new features. For Nokia, you get to see a pure Android Nougat with a single support app installed and no other pre-installed ones.

HTC U 11 has the same OS, but also features HTC Sense Companion, HTC Edge Sense which by squeezing the phone you can get Alexa (the AI from Amazon).

Both devices offer different experiences, even though they run on the same platform and have the same OS.

How Much Will You Spend on a Flagship Smartphone?

Nokia 8 will be on sale at the beginning of this September at around £550, while the HTC U 11 is available at a price of £649. The difference is almost £100 between the two devices.

So Which Device is better: Nokia 8 or HTC U 11?

Considering the hardware and the software are almost similar, the same display and resolution, with a few different features, it all comes down to what are your needs. If you like more cameras, go for Nokia 8, if you like waterproof, squeezable phone with more features added through the Sense bloatware, then go for HTC U 11. Any decision is a good decision, since both devices are great and promising.

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