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I need to get this out there before the new iPhones and, especially, the new Google Pixels shake my confidence: the HTC U11 is my phone of the year.

I‘ve been using that device for over a month now, and having relied on it to get through the rigors of the IFA tech exhibition in Berlin, I can confirm my initial feelings about it.

Here’s what the U11 gave me during my time in Germany, in ascending order of importance: casually glorious looks that attracted compliments from strangers, rock-solid battery life that got me through long days of intense work, and unsurpassed camera image quality.

For an example of the latter, check out this shot of a Sony executive on stage, captured on the first try and cropped way down from the original landscape photo:

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