It’s been tough sledding for HTC these past few years, and its latest flagship—the U11—isn’t doing much to change things. Notable YouTuber JerryRigEverything got his hands on the U11 and tested out its durability, and it failed miserably.
JerryRigEverything tested out HTC’s previous U Ultra and U Ultra Sapphire Edition. The former barely passed the durability test while the latter was arguably the most durable device of the past year. You’d think the U11 would fall somewhere in between those two, but it misses the mark badly.
It performs up to snuff with the scratch test. The glass scratches at the same Mohs scale as any other device and the metal frame obviously shows scuffs quite easily. The fingerprint reader also retains scratches noticeably, but it still works fine. HTC uses a fabric material for the earpiece that if handled improperly, will tear. The HTC U11 also handled the burn test admirably, lasting eight seconds before the LCD panel’s pixels went black, but recovered just fine.
Where the U11 completely falls apart is with the bend test. Not only was its frame weak and noticeably bends permanently, the front display completely shattered while damaging the display. If you bend this phone the wrong way, there will be no coming back. The frame, glass and panel will all be ruined.
It looks like the tough times will continue for HTC, as the U11 isn’t rising above the competition.
Check out the U11’s durability test down below.