Android 03 Nov
HTC recently announced their flagship premium phablet smartphone as U11 Plus. The device was in rumors and leaks from past few weeks ahead of unveiling. The U11+ seems like another effort from Taiwanese giant to bring even more squeeze feature for the HTC fans. The device is featuring the futuristic bezel-less design with top-notch hardware under the hood. The device is pretty powerful to be your flagship phablet with its gigantic quadHD+ display with the striking liquid rear surface.
No doubt the device is capable of attracting a large customers base. For sure everyone is thinking about whether the U11+ is the company's flagship which will attract its rival companies phablets or is it worth to grab this device which brings slight changes over the standard flagship which was announced five months ago.
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There is a number of aspects which both U11 and U11+ share with each other, to know more you can check out our comparison of U11 against the U11+. However being a new flagship phablet the U11+ is bringing few luxuries which weren't available for U11 customers. Being the latest phablet, the U11+ will have to compete against the Samsung's Galaxy S8+, iPhone 8 Plus, Google Pixel 2 XL, Mate 10 Pro and LG V30.
Today we will preview the latest U11 Plus to answer all these questions swirling in HTC fans. We are very hopeful this preview will certainly help you decide whether you should opt the latest U11 Plus or not. Without any further ado, let's find out what HTC U11 Plus is bringing on board to attract customers.
74.9 x 158.5 x 8.5 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
The HTC U11 Plus key selling feature is its gigantic display with the slightly larger body as opposed to the standard flagship U11. The overall increase is minimal, you won't find it difficult to grab U11 Plus with the single hand. The U11 Plus measurements are 158.5 x 74.9 x 8.5mm and weigh 188g whereas the standard U11 is slightly smaller at 158.5 x 74.9 x 8.5mm with 169g weight.
Thanks to ultra-thin bezels on the front-facing side the form factor of phablet flagships are reduced, same is the case with the U11 Plus. The display aspect ratio is 2:1 with ultra-thin bezels and full front facing display. The U11 Plus fingerprint scanner is also shifted to the rear side below the camera module. Thanks to its placement in center the U11 can easily be unlocked using forefinger without much problem unlike Galaxy S8 lineup
The volume rockers and power buttons are placed on the top right edge. With the U11 HTC introduced liquid glass rear surface, the same striking material is used for the U11 Plus. The chassis is made up of metal with glass covering the rear side. As expected it attracts fingerprint imprints, you have to take extra care of it to avoid smudges. On the bottom edge, the U11 has a USB Type-C slot with the speaker on the bottom.
It is HTC's first flagship smartphone which is IP68 certified which means it can resist water up to 1.5 meters deep for 30 minutes without any damage. The U11 Plus is announced in two striking colors Translucent and Ceramic Black. The Translucent variant won't be available initially but instead, it will be released in first half of 2018.
The U11 Plus is featuring a large display within a compact body thanks to 2:1 aspect ratio. The U11 was featuring 5.5-inches display panel whereas the U11 Plus is bringing a fairly large 6.0-inches display panel with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. The display is brighter, vivid and brings crips colors but still, it is an LCD panel which isn't as great as OLED panels. It supports HDR 10 for better colors and depth while watching videos.
It wasn't ready but HTC promises to roll it out with a software update. This update will be rolled out before the end of this year. So if you are planning to grab U11 Plus, you won't have to wait longer to get the HDR10.
HTC claims the HiFi Boomsound speakers on the U11+ are 30% louder than the speakers on the standard U11. The Bass performance of the U11 Plus is quite exceptional. Though the speakers are pretty loud but still not crystal clear like the recently announced Razer Phone. The bottom firing speaker works jointly with the earpiece speaker to provide awesome audio experience.
One issue which you will face with the U11 Plus speakers is that it can be muffled easily while holding the device during watching the video in landscape mode. The glass rear makes it quite slippery that's why it isn't easy to change your grip. Once again HTC ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack and included an adapter. The adapter on U11 Plus is featuring an improved adapter, overall audio experience on the U11 Plus is still better than most of its competitors.
Being the latest flagship the HTC U11 Plus is also packed with the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset with 6GB RAM. The device comes with 128GB native storage which is further expandable thanks to MicroSD slot. The device performance is pretty equivalent to the Galaxy Note 8 as both the latest chipset straight out of the box with 6 Gigs of RAM. The Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 is yet to be announced and it won't be available on any flagship before Q1 2018.
At the moment the U11 Plus is bringing the best in the market. You don't have to worry about storage because is further expandable as well. The UI layer is also pretty thin over the stock Android OS which further facilitates the smooth experience of the device. HTC also optimized the software to get full use of the hardware. You can play all kinds of HIFI games and multitasking without worrying about the sheer power under the hood.
|Specs||HTC U11 Plus|
|Screen resolution||1440 x 2880 pixels|
|Chipset||Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835|
|Storage||128GB Expandable via MicroSD card|
As mentioned above the U11 Plus is very well optimized at the software level. The device is pre-installed with the latest Android Oreo straight out of the box with the HTC Sense UI layer over it. It's very smooth and pretty easy to navigate. To make the U11 Plus user-friendly for customers with small hands, the UI brings a number of features to facilitate the one hand operations.
A new Edge Sense Launcher is introduced which can be accessed by simply squeezing the chassis of the device. The pressure sensitive edges were introduced with the U11 but now it is further customizable. Once you squeeze the body a wheel will pop up with app icons. You can open the wheel of apps on either left or right edge according to your preference. Though interface of U11 Plus is pretty simple it is pretty useful to open apps instantly with the single hand.
You can customize the launcher with apps, you can remove and add apps later. The U11 Plus comes with a couple of Assistants straight out of the box including Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The App drawer is also easily accessible with one-hand.
Surprisingly HTC once again opted a single camera sensor for its flagship U11 Plus but instead stick with a 12MP sensor which they introduced with the U11. It's quite disappointing to see HTC adopted a single camera when most of the manufacturers are opting dual rear cameras for their flagships and mid-ranges. HTC is amongst the first companies to adopt dual camera tech for their devices.
The single primary camera on U11 Plus brings the number of exclusive features including 'acoustic focus', HDR Boost which allows the user to snap HDR photos without any lag. To ensure it captures blur-free, the sensor comes with electric and optical image stabilization which stables the video and images. The low-light capturing capabilities of U11 Plus is pretty good.
You can get manually the best results by turning on the Pro mode. On the front-facing side, HTC brings a wide-angle 8MP sensor with an 85-degrees field of view. The front-facing snapper brings selfie panorama and HDR Boost as well.
Another plus point of HTC's U11 Plus is its gigantic battery cell of 3,930mAh which provides awesome battery life. The device can easily bear heavy usage for one day on single charge whereas you can use it more than one day or normal usage. It can quickly charged thanks to Qualcomm's Quick Charge tech which brings enough juice for whole day usage in just sixty minutes.
Unfortunately, despite having glass rear it lacks wireless charging support, the translucent variant rear shows a wire coil which is actually the NFC. You need to plug in your device to charge it.
The U11 Plus unlocked variant will cost £699 in the UK which roughly translates into $900 for the International customers and AU$1200 in Australia. The company also confirmed they won't be releasing their flagship phablet in the US. The device pre-orders will kickoff from November 20 with an exact release date is still in dark. The device will be released for Middle Eastern countries in December. All other regions will be gettings this device but exact release date and pricing is still in dark.
The U11 Plus is featuring a pretty luring design with the attractive full front-facing display. The U11 Plus sheer power under the hood is more than enough to compete against the latest flagships in the market. However, it seems like HTC delayed the release of this device a bit late when almost all manufacturers have somewhat similar design with ultra thin bezels.
This is why almost all manufacturers have already equally tantalizing devices in the market to give U11 Plus a very stiff competition. The bezel-less design finally allows the HTC to join the league of Samsung, LG, Huawei, Apple, and Google. All these companies have at least one premium smartphone with ultra-thin bezels.
At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the latest bezel-less premium flagship U11 Plus from HTC in the comments section below. Stay tuned, we will keep you updated.