HTC could make a serious comeback with the HTC U11 Plus

Friday, 03 Nov, 2017

I liked this phone a lot, and so did most other reviewers. But as is noted in this report, the fingerprint reader very much resembles that of one Google would use, as do the dimensions of the U11+'s display and overall spec sheet. The tall display means the bezels on the HTC U11+ are thinner than the ones on the HTC U11. You don't need to buy a new SIM card in more than 135 countries you visit, rather, Fi will still be at your service.

In our review of U11, we were impressed with the phone's battery, which could go through an entire day for most average smartphone users. The handset will be available in other markets across Europe and the Asia Pacific later. HTC U11 Sense will be updated to Android Oreo 8.0 soon after its release. Now we know why: that's what it was initially intended and created to be. When it comes to the cameras, you might notice that the HTC U11 life has a 16 MP sensor, while the U11 has a 12 MP one.

As for the HTC U11 Plus - it is sort of the Pixel 2 XL (version 0.5), but also pretty much not. It now features the same premium metal and glass design and handsome colors of past HTC phones, but with a 6-inch edge-to-edge Quad-HD display. Like all 18:9 phones we've seen this year, the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back to trim the bezels down to a minimum. The handset, as the name suggests, is a souped up version of the company's great (if a little unfortunate) U11, which debuted earlier this year.

The phone is powered by a 2,600 mAh battery along with USB type-C reversible connector, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, and Global Positioning System in terms of connectivity options.

While the biggest difference between the U11 and the U11+ is the display, that isn't the only area that received improvements. The North American version will launch with Android 7.1.1 Nougat and HTC Sense, while the rest of the world will get an Android One device with stock Android 8.0 Oreo. Here's the full rundown for those interested. "This model retains the U11's high-end specs and glass body but adds a larger 6.0" 2880x1440 LCD screen and a 3930 mAh battery. The phone has silver or black options, as well as that rumoured translucent colour, which is a semi-transparent black (or greyish) hue with some interesting detailing visible under the glass; this looks really cool, I just wish it wasn't mirror finish still. You get more screen real estate in the end and though it is a not an OLED display, you still get the Super LCD6 display, which now supports a wider range of colors (DCI-P3), and can show off HDR10 content if you're into media consumption. As you can see, vice versa is true for the U11 Life. Although that could change in the near future. Unfortunately, it is not officially going to be sold in the USA which is disappointing since this is the first HTC flagship in a long time who's specifications on paper sound very impressive. In the United Kingdom, the smartphone will become available starting November 20.

Pricing wise we know the phone will around $900 SIM-free directly from HTC.