Earlier this year, HTC launched the HTC U11, it’s flagship phone for the year 2017. Even though it was powered by the latest and greatest SoC and came with top of the line specifications, it still had a dated design with huge top and bottom bezels. This made it less appealing in the wake of smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 that sported very minimal bezels. And finally HTC has come up with a smartphone that can compete.
The HTC U11 Plus sports a larger 6-inch Super LCD 6 display with a resolution of 2880×1440 pixels. The big story however is the adoption of the 18:9 aspect ratio like every other smartphone manufacturer this year. As a consequence, the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back. The display is also slightly improved when compared to its predecessor and now has support for HDR10.
Just like the HTC U11, the U11 Plus is powered by the top of the line Snapdragon 835 SoC. This is backed up 4/6GB of RAM coupled with 64/128GB of on-board storage. Talking about the UI, HTC has made a few improvements to the Sense UI. The HTC Edge Sense makes a comeback and now a squeeze launches a new launcher comprising of apps and notifications.
As for optics, HTC hasn’t gone in for a dual camera setup on the rear. The U11 Plus features an improved 12MP sensor at the back followed by an 8MP selfie shooter. The smartphone features a larger 3,930mAh battery with IP68 water and dust resistance. The device will run on Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the box.
The handset comes in a new Translucent Black colour option and will be available in regions including Europe and Asia. The HTC U11 Plus is available for purchase on Nov 20 in Europe and costs £699 for the lower end variant and €799 for the 8GB RAM variant. There is no information currently as to when the phone is making its way into other markets.