The HTC U 11 scored the desired Snapdragon 835 chipset – something lacking on the HTC U Ultra. HTC’s new dear is among the soonest offerings with Qualcomm’s top chip, however not the first. That implies we make them intrigue rivalry to test it against.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 is another S835 telephone, just like the Galaxy S8+. We additionally tried the S8+ with Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 chipset. We additionally put the Mate 9 that uses Huawei’s in-house Kirin 960 chipset as a kind of perspective. Alternate contenders (beside the iPhone, clearly) turned out with the more established era Qualcomm chip, the Snapdragon 820 or 821.

Excessively numerous chip names that make no difference to you? Worry not, bar graphs will make everything clear. AnTuTu puts the entire framework to a test and here the U 11 turned out the victor (well, imparting first place to the Mi 6, yet on top in any case).

It pushed out some smash hits like the iPhone 7 Plus and Galaxy S8+ (both renditions). This puts the HTC U Ultra and LG G6 in an intense spot – both are 2017 models that offer late 2016 execution. What’s more, we won’t say the HTC 10 evo.

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • HTC U 11 (S835)177343
  • Xiaomi Mi 6 (S835)177326
  • iPhone 7 Plus (A10)174987
  • Galaxy S8+ (Exynos)174070
  • Galaxy S8+ (S835)168133
  • HTC 10 (S820)154031
  • LG G6 (S821)141895
  • Pixel XL (S821)141186
  • HTC U Ultra (S821)139750
  • Huawei Mate 9 (Kirin 960)122826

We tested the HTC U 11 with 4GB of RAM, though for the next benchmark the CPU is all that matters – all eight cores of it. As you can see, moving from four cores (in the Snapdragon 820/821) to eight cores (in the 835) had a noticeable impact on multi-core performance. The new cores aren’t that much faster on their own, though.

GeekBench 4 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Galaxy S8+ (Exynos)6338
  • HTC U 11 (S835)6125
  • Huawei Mate 9 (Kirin 960)6112
  • Galaxy S8+ (S835)6106
  • Xperia XZ Premium (S835)5837
  • iPhone 7 Plus (A10)5664
  • HTC U Ultra (S821)4201
  • Pixel XL (S821)4152
  • LG G6 (S821)3648
  • HTC 10 (S820)3621

GeekBench 4 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • iPhone 7 Plus (A10)3473
  • HTC U 11 (S835)1993
  • Xperia XZ Premium (S835)1943
  • Galaxy S8+ (Exynos)1938
  • Galaxy S8+ (S835)1915
  • Huawei Mate 9 (Kirin 960)1898
  • LG G6 (S821)1792
  • HTC 10 (S820)1708
  • HTC U Ultra (S821)1647
  • Pixel XL (S821)1507

The HTC U 11 also flaunts Qualcomm’s latest GPU, the Adreno 540. The chip maker claims a 25% boost in 3D rendering performance compared to the previous generation chipset

Basemark X supports that claim, the increase compared to HTC 10 is actually a bit over a quarter. Compared to Snapdragon 821 phones like the LG G6, the difference is smaller (~20%) but still a tangible improvement.

Basemark X

Higher is better

  • Galaxy S8+ (Exynos)43862
  • Xperia XZ Premium (S835)38507
  • HTC U 11 (S835)38399
  • Huawei Mate 9 (Kirin 960)36519
  • HTC U Ultra (S821)35875
  • Galaxy S8+ (S835)34951
  • LG G6 (S821)32041
  • Pixel XL (S821)30861
  • HTC 10 (S820)28882

Going up to the newer graphics platform, the Mali G71 GPU (S8+/Exynos and Mate 9/Kirin) seems to have a better handle on things than the Adreno. Still, Qualcomm has delivered extra oomph for flagship games.

Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal

Higher is better

  • iPhone 7 Plus (A10)1517
  • Galaxy S8+ (Exynos)1111
  • HTC U 11 (S835)836
  • Galaxy S8+ (S835)817
  • Huawei Mate 9 (Kirin 960)794
  • Xperia XZ Premium (S835)727
  • LG G6 (S821)647
  • Pixel XL (S821)626
  • HTC U Ultra (S821)582

We know there’s more to a phone than just chipset, but the HTC U 11 shows a clear superiority over the U Ultra when it comes to performance. Even outside of HTC’s stable the U 11 is a brawler – matching or beating many pretenders to the 2017 flagship throne.