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HTC Source | January 18, 2018

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HTC U11+ versus Pixel 2: camera shootout

Our Pixel 2 and HTC U11+ coverage continues with a camera shootout between the two smartphones. In the video above, we show off the video quality from the front and rear cameras and also compare side-by-side photos from both sensors.

On paper, both devices have similar camera setups. The Google Pixel 2 has a 12.2MP main sensor which is paired with an f/1.8 lens, OIS, phase detect autofocus and a dual-LED flash. Its front-facing camera captures images at 8MP and has an f/2.4 lens. HTC’s U11+ features a 12MP sensor on the back with a slightly-wider aperture of f/1.7, but its OIS, phase-detect autofocus and dual-LED flash match what’s on the Pixel. The front-facing camera on HTC’s phone is also better on paper with an 8MP sensor which captures images and video through its f/2.0 lens.

Take a look at the video to see how the cameras on the Pixel 2 and HTC U11+ match up. You can also click the link below to download the full resolution images from both phones which were used in the video.

HTC U11+ & Pixel 2 full resolution photos

About Nick Gray

Tech enthusiast, Android user and founder of the first HTC blog – Nick Gray has been blogging about HTC phones before most people knew what a smartphone even was. Over the years Nick has owned and tested dozens HTC devices and is constantly flashing new ROMs to his Android phones.


  1. Glyn Hall

    Hey Nick,
    Interesting comparison. Agreed on some of the night shots & portrait shots with the Pixel 2 but as you said they were subtle.
    However the clarity of the shots on the U11+ seemed to edge the Pixel 2. Video image and audio, though the U11+ came into its own. The OIS was excellent, particularly when do the library shots of the books. The Pixel 2 seemed to lag on focusing. The audio on the Pixel 2 really was inferior too. Having 3D sound with 4 mics on the U11+ really stood out.
    I assume the U11+ has acoustic focus. Is this also a feature on the Pixel 2?