HTC’s successful U11 series now has a new taller brother but unlike the U11, the U11+ is much taller and more feature-rich. Its taller and narrower display has an 18:9 Aspect ratio that puts HTC’s name back in line by jumping straight into the hype of an almost if not all-screen front devices. The U11+ features minute bezels that virtually looks more like bezel less on the sides while both the top and bottom sports narrower bezels than the U11.
The tall display on the U11+ has a 6-inch narrowed viewing angle Super LCD 6 panel and features a QuadHD+ resolution with 18:9 aspect ratio similar to Google’s Pixel 2 XL and other similarly equipped devices. The front is covered and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to prevent light scratches on the screen. Apart from these features, one little thing that’s missing and that’s the HDR10 support for the display however, HTC promises to add these feature through a software update and will be rolled out later in December 2017.
Speaking of Pixel 2 XL, insiders seemed to confirmed that the HTC U11+ is a somewhat an incarnation of the cancelled Pixel 2 XL codenamed Muskie before Google jumped ships with LG. Though they may share some similarities at how the HTC U11+ compares a lot to Google Pixel 2 XL, there are things that have changed while developing the U11 to make it as closely familiar as possible to the HTC’s outgoing flagship the U11.
With the best of both worlds being the rebirth of the cancelled Google Muskie and a successor to HTC U11, the U11+ has most of the features that it is expected to have. Edge Sense is one of the main features on U11+ with new abilities and a new set of menus with the new Edge Launcher that users can customize to easily access apps, contacts and quick settings that fit their needs.
While the frame on the U11+ is all metal, the back is a glossy glass surface and follows the U11’s “Liquid Surface” back design language. Users will have the choice to choose between Ceramic Black (though not actually Ceramic), Amazing Silver and the funky Translucent variants for the back cover. It also upped the game for water resistance, the U11+ is IP68 certified meaning it could dunk in freshwater up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes without any problem and of course that also means it’s dust proof in this case.
One of the best features on HTC’s U11 is the camera and the U11+ just carryover what the outgoing flagship has. On the back is a 12 Megapixel UltraPixel 3 sensor with OIS and EIS for smooth and highly detailed photos. It also features UltraSpeed AF for quick autofocus shoots and HDR boost for stunning photos. It comes with an f/1.7 Aperture lens which already highly sensitive enough to take in light but still it needs an assistance for low-light situations and that’s supported by a built-in Dual LED flash. On the front, there’s an 8 Megapixel Selfie camera with Wide-angle lens and an f/2.0 Aperture.
On the inside, almost everything the U11 has is also found on the U11+ including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset that powers the handset and either a 4GB/64GB or 6GB/128GB of RAM and storage configurations. In case the internal storage isn’t enough, the handset has a dedicated slot or uses the SIM 2 slot (in the case for dual SIM variant) for microSD cards which takes up to 256GB in capacity.
The U11+ boots Android 8.0 (Oreo) out of the box and supports both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. It runs on a 3930mAh internal battery and charges through a USB 3.1 USB-C standard and also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. It doesn’t have a 3.5mm audio jack though and instead it powers headsets and earphones through the USB-C and there’s Bluetooth 5.0 with AptX support for high-res Audio via Bluetooth. And the fingerprint sensor had moved to the back since it no longer had the room on the front, though HTC could have made that possible, it just look a bit off if it stayed that way.
The new HTC U11+ is unfortunately not going to go stateside according to HTC but instead will serve the markets in Europe and Asia with pricing to go around 799 Euros unlocked.In China and Taiwan the U11+ available on Pre-order at the moment and will be shipped starting on November 11th. In the UK, the U11+ is priced at £699 and will be available beginning November 20. Other regions will have different pricing as expected and will be announced when HTC launches the handset in specific countries and/or regions.