HTC, besides focusing on the camera, is one of the few companies who has had their eyes set on delivering a good auditory experience through their phones. The call quality on the HTC U11 was exceptionally good, regardless of whether we used the earpiece or the speakerphone.
HTC has had BoomSound going for itself since the HTC One days, but now, the HTC U11 comes with Boomsound Hi-Fi. The way HTC delivers good audio over the speakers is by placing a woofer at the bottom of the phone while the speaker in the earpiece doubles up as a tweeter. The result is a sound that is more even, sufficiently loud and good enough for you to consider listening to music over. Similarly, the audio quality while taking calls over the speakerphone is also impressive.
HTC U11 does not come with a 3.5mm headphone jack, but what it does supply is a pair of earphones in the box. Unlike other OEMs, what you get with the HTC U11 is far superior to anything else on the market. HTC calls these the USonic earbuds and there’s quite a lot of tech packed into this little accessory that is designed to deliver seriously good audio. For starters, the earbuds are high-resolution audio certified. Second, they come with active noise cancellation that actually works really well. I did not have the chance to test them out on an aeroplane, but they did do admirably well while walking on a very busy road with plenty of traffic. Additionally, HTC’s USonic measures the internal structure of the listener’s ear canal to map out the most optimum sound profile for listening to music. Let me assure you, the HTC U11 with its USonic buds deliver one of the best audio experiences you will ever get from a smartphone. It isn’t just the earphones that do it, or the phone itself. The two pieces of hardware work in conjunction with clever software to give you an incredibly amazing soundstage for whatever genre of music you may be listening to.