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HTC U11+ vs HTC U11: An ultimate in-house tussle

02 November 2017 5

Today as expected the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC announced a couple of new smartphones the flagship U11+ and the mid-range HTC U11 Life with Sense and Android One. The U11+ bring number of improvements over the standard flagship U11, not only in looks but also in software department as well. Being the latest premium flagship the U11+ will have to face stiff competition from the already top-tier phablets available in the market.

The U11+ for sure will also attract those who were planning to look grab the standard U11. Like always, we will compare the latest U11 Plus against the standard U11 to give our readers a good view about what kind of changes the U11+ is bringing over the first flagship of the year. The U11+ was in rumors and leaks from past few weeks. Almost all details regarding the device were already known, the official unveiling not only stamped all those details but also reveals few more perks of the latest premium device.

HTC U11+ is indeed a positive addition to the premium devices announced in the second quarter of the year. We are hopeful our comparison will give users a pretty good view about the core specs of U11+. Without any further ado, let's start with the design of both the devices.

74.9 x 158.5 x 8.5 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
75.9 x 153.9 x 7.9 mm
5.5 inches - 2560x1440 px
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Design

The U11 chassis is made up of aluminum whereas the rear is the liquid surface which looks quite attractive and glossy. The U11 can be grabbed in four colors including Brilliant Black, Sapphire Blue, Solar Red and Amazing Silver. The Solar Red is the most attractive color option amongst all. The U11 dimensions are 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm and it weighs 169g. The frame is pressure sensitive, it opens the number of Apps by simply squeezing the body. The rear side is adorned with the single-camera sensor with dual LED flashlight. It has significant bezels alongside the display.

The fingerprint scanner is placed under the oval shape physical button placed on the front facing side below the display screen. The device has USB Type-C connectivity port. The power button and volume controllers are placed on the right edge whereas the left edge has SIM card tray.

The U11+ is also featuring a squeezable metal frame with the liquid rear surface. It looks more striking because of ultra-thin bezels with 2:1 aspect ratio. The display screen-to-body ratio is 82% which is quite luring. The U11+ is announced in two colors only including black and translucent. The translucent is more striking than the other. The U11+ measurements are 158.5 x 74.9 x 8.5mm and it is slightly thicker and heavier at 188g. The overall footprint of U11+ is not much different from the standard U11 thanks to trimmed bezels. This year almost all smartphone manufacturers including Google, Samsung, Apple announced smartphones with thin bezels.

The fingerprint scanner is now shifted to the rear side below the single camera module. The U11+ and U11 both have BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition speakers but according to Huawei, the U11+ speakers are 30% more efficient than speakers on U11. Unfortunately, both the devices lack 3.5mm headphone jack. The U11 is IP67 certified water and dust resistant device which means it can resist under 1-meter deep water for 30 minutes without any damage whereas the U11+ comes with IP68 ratings which bring the safety up to 1.5 meters.

Display

The U11 has a 5.5-inches Super LCD 5 display with a quad HD screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. The display pixels density is 534 pixels per inch. Its aspect ratio is 16:9. The Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is protecting the display in case of accidental drops. One of the key features of U11+ is it's 2:1 aspect ratio display which comes with ultra-thin bezels around the corner, the best thing is it is also protected with 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

The U11+ display is of 6.0-inches with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. The display pixels density is 538 pixels per inch which are exactly similar we have seen on LG V30 and Google's Pixel 2 XL. However, the display panel on the later devices is OLED whereas the U11+ has Super LCD 6 display which is slightly better than U11 but still not as good as OLED panels which has deep black and better colors saturation. The U11+ also brings HDR10 support which wasn't available for U11 users.

Camera

The U11 and U11+ both have single camera sensors. Surprisingly HTC didn't adopt the dual rear cameras when it is trending, they were amongst the first to introduce dual rear cameras. The HTC U11 has the single camera sensor with the 12MP module with f/1.7 aperture, Dual-LED flashlight, optical image stabilization and ultra speed Autofocus. It can record videos of 4K quality.

The front-facing selfie camera is the 16MP module with f/2.0 aperture. The front-facing snapper can record Full HD video. It lacks optical image stabilization. The U11+ also has same camera lens of 12MP with the same aperture of f/1.7 aperture. All other aspects of the camera are also similar. Despite being single camera lens the U11 camera results are pretty awesome and U11 stands amongst the best camera-centric devices available in the market. The overall experience of the camera is pretty-notch.

The front-facing camera of U11+ is changed from U11, now its an 8MP module instead of 16MP. Before considering it downgrade that's not the case. The U11+ has a wide-angle 8MP sensor with the field of view 85 degrees and f/2.0 aperture. Other features including video Selfie, Auto Selfie, and Full HD video recording are same like U11.

Hardware

Both HTC U11 and U11+ are powered up by the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC with 4GB RAM and 64GB built-in storage. There is a top of the line variant with 6GB RAM with 128GB native storage. Both the devices support MicroSD card for memory expansion. There is a flex storage option which allows the user to combine their built-in and memory card memory.

The main hardware under the hood is similar to both the devices. All Android manufacturers announced their premium devices with almost same hardware. Both the U11 lineup devices are excellent in performance, they can handle hifi graphics games and multi-tasking. Users won't disappoint with the performance of either device, they don't lag behind at any stage but the 6GB RAM variant is more future proof.

Specs HTC U11 HTC U11+
Display 5.5-inches 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels 1440 x 2880 pixels
Chipset Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835
RAM 4/6GB 4/6GB
Storage 64/128GB 64/128GB
Rear camera 12MP with f/1.7 12MP with f/1.7
Front camera 16MP 8MP
Battery 3,000mAh 3,930mAH
USB Type-C Type-C
IP-ratings IP67 IP68
OS Android Nougat 7.1 Android Oreo
Battery

The U11 is running on a 3,000mAh battery cell which can be charged pretty quickly thanks to Quick Charge 3.0. The U11+ is packed with a 3,930mAh battery cell which is quite a significant improvement over the standard flagship. It also supports Quick Charge 3.0. The battery cell on U11+ is relatively larger than most of its competitors in the market. The Pixel 2 XL has 3,520mAh battery cell whereas the Galaxy S8 Plus has 3,500mAh battery. The U11+ last longer than U11 and it has enough juice by the end of the day even on heavy usage.

Software

The HTC U11 is pre-installed with Android Nougat 7.1 with HTC Sense layer over it. HTC confirmed the U11 will also get Android Oreo by the end of this year. The U11+ is the company's first flagship with Android Oreo straight out of the box. The U11+ also comes with a wheel like an app selection tool which brings instant access to a number of apps. The one-hand operations are further facilitated with this new app menu. As mentioned above both U11 and U11+ will have latest Android OS by the end of the year. Overall UI on both devices will be same after the Oreo update for U11. Both have three AI assistants on board, you can use Alexa, Google Assistant, and Edge Sense as well. HTC U11 lineup is the only lineup which has three AI assistants on board.

Price

The U11 base variant with 4GB RAM cost £599 in the UK whereas the top tier variant with 6GB RAM can be grabbed for £649. The U11+ top tier variant is slightly expensive at £699. It is still one of the cheapest Android flagships in the market with 128GB native storage. The U11+ won't be released for the US customers.

Conclusion:

The most prominent difference between U11 and U11+ is the front-facing design. The U11 has thick bezels around the corner whereas the U11+ has ultra-thin bezels which look quite ravishing. The rear fingerprint scanner is not difficult to use. It doesn't feel unconventional at all. It brings more resistance against water and dust as opposed to U11. The gigantic battery cell is something which is worth appreciating. HTC brings significantly better BoomSound speakers than U11. The translucent color options are something special which is only available for U11+ buyers.

The U11+ is slightly heavier and expensive than traditional U11. There are some buyers who still prefer the old traditional U11 instead of U11+. At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the U11 vs U11+ in the comments section below. Stay tuned.

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