According to DxOMark, there’s a new champ in town. The HTC U11 DxOMark score topped the previous king of mobile cameras, the Google Pixel — which coincidentally was also manufactured by HTC. With a score of 90, the HTC U11 just squeaked past the Google Pixel’s DxOMark score of 89.
DxOMark came away very impressed with the HTC U11, citing its low noise and fast autofocus as two of the reasons it scored higher than the Pixel.
The HTC U11 features remarkably consistent performance in a wide variety of shooting conditions, making it a great camera for most situations. In addition to excellent technical scores, its images tend to have a pleasing look, with good color rendering. Outdoor scenes are vibrant, with good detail and very low noise. Its image stabilization is also very effective, although sometimes it leaves some residual evidence of motion. Flash exposures are very even across the frame and feature good detail preservation and color rendering.
The HTC U11 also features a dual-pixel Phase-Detect Autofocus (PDAF) sensor and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) with a 1/2.55-inch sensor. In addition to still photos, the HTC U11 also received DxOMark’s highest score for video on a smartphone to date with an 89.
The recently released Samsung Galaxy S8 has also been scored, and just fell short of the Google Pixel with an overall DxOMark Mobile score of 88, tying it with last year’s Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.
Now to beat that dead horse that’s in the room… If you’ve been following us for any length of time, you may have read a couple of our previous editorials wondering just where the heck the iPhone 7 Plus DxOMark score is. Plenty of phones have been scored since the 7 Plus was released, and both the Google Pixel and HTC U11 were scored before they were publicly available. I’m not going to rehash our old arguments, you can read them in the links near the beginning of this paragraph but it sure makes you wonder who/what/why the iPhone 7 Plus score has been delayed, especially considering DxOMark indicated they would be coming soon when they posted the iPhone 7 scores back in September of 2016.
What do you think about the HTC U11 DxOMark score? Are you still waiting for an iPhone 7 Plus score or have you given up already? Has DxOMark lost credibility for you considering there hasn’t been an iPhone 7 Plus score posted yet? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.