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HTC U11 Eyes vs HTC U11 Plus: In-house bezel-less smartphones battle

24 January 2018 5

HTC recently announced another variant of their U11 lineup series. The latest offering from the company is the mid-ranger U11 EYEs. The U11 eyes kept the overall similar aesthetics like the other U11 devices but being a cheaper variant it has a number of mid-range aspects. Like always whenever a new smartphone is announced everyone is keen to know what the new smartphone is bringing on board in term of specs sheet, design, cameras, battery, and software.

We always put the latest devices in comparison with other devices to know how well they are against others. Today we put the latest U11 Eyes in comparison with the flagship U11 Plus. Both the devices don't fall into the same category instead the U11 Eyes is a mid-ranger whereas the U11 Plus falls in flagship category. However both the devices do share overall similar design aesthetics, We can claim the U11 Eyes is the cheaper variant of flagship U11 Plus.

HTC is in crisis from last few years and so far none of the company's smartphone able to turn around the table for it. Last year the company ditched their flagship series in favor of new U11 lineup smartphone. The U11 series smartphones are not only sleek in design but also they are more attractive as opposed to dated design smartphones from HTC. So if you are amongst those who are planning to grab a new HTC branded smartphone with futuristic bezel-less design, Should you grab the expensive U11 Plus or the pocket-friendly U11 Plus. We are hopeful our comparison will certainly help you better deciding which smartphone is providing better value for your money. Without any further delay, let's start with the design of both the devices.

75 x 157.9 x 8.5 mm
6 inches - 2160x1080 px
74.9 x 158.5 x 8.5 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
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Design

The U11 Eyes is featuring a glass and metal sandwich design, the chassis is made up of metal with glass covering the rear side. The U11 Eyes dimensions are 157.9 x 75 x 8.5 mm and it weighs 185 grams. Like most of the latest smartphones, it comes with a bezel-less design with a larger display in a compact body. The rear side is adorned with the single camera module. It is accompanied by dual LED flashlight. Like most of the smartphones with the full front-facing display, the U11 Eyes features fingerprint scanner on the rear side below the camera module.

Like most of the latest smartphones, it is IP67 certified device. For connectivity, it has USB-C port. As expected to have a glass rear surface it is fingerprint magnet that's why users have to take extra care of it to make sure it remains clean most of the time. It comes with a single speaker on the bottom alongside the USB slot. The volume controllers and power button are on the right edge.

On the other hand, the U11 Plus comes with a shiny design with liquid glass rear. The U11 Plus was the company's second flagship smartphone with unique liquid glass rear, it is pretty shiny and attractive. Its measurements are 158.5 x 74.9 x 8.5mm and weigh 188g. The U11 Plus was the HTC's first smartphone with 2:1 display. The fingerprint scanner on this device is placed on the rear side below the camera module.

The glass rear is prone to scratches that's why it requires extra care because the glossy shine makes it special. It also has bottom firing speakers with a USB-C slot for connectivity. It is IP68 certified device which means you can take it under 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage.

Display

In terms of display its good to see HTC finally fully entered the bezel-less arena. The U11 Plus was the company's first premium smartphone with 2:1 display now the company opted similar kind of display for the mid-range variant. The U11 EYEs is featuring a 6.0-inches Super LCD3 display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 18:9 and the pixels density is 402 pixels-per-inch. The Corning Gorilla Glass is protecting the display.

The larger sibling U11 Plus also sports a 6.0-inches display but its display tech is Super LCD6 which is significantly better than LCD3. The display screen resolution is Quad HD+ 1440 x 2880 pixels. As far as the aspect ratio is a concern it remains same 2:1 with the pixels density of 538 pixels-per-inch. It is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which provides safety in case of accidental drops.

Hardware

As both the devices don't fall into the same category that's why the hardware on both the devices is different from each other. The latest mid-ranger U11 EYEs is featuring Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 652 SoC with performance cores clocking at 2.2Ghz. Under the hood, the chipset is accompanied with 4GB RAM and native storage is 64GB, however, you can expand it further using MicroSD card.

Being the latest flagship the U11 Plus is packed with the best possible setup in the market. The Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC is powering the device with performance cores maximum clocking speed of 2.45Ghz. The base variant comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage but there is a powerful variant as well with 6GB RAM and 128GB memory. Its internal storage is also further expandable via MicroSD card.

The U11 EYEs is one of solid mid-range in the market with the powerful Octa-core chipset, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage is pretty much norm of upper mid-rangers in the market. The device performs pretty great in most of the scenarios, it is powerful enough to be your next daily driver. You simply can throw everything on it without worrying about any lag but in tasks with extreme hardware consume you might prefer the most powerful HTC smartphone U11 Plus which is indeed capable to handle everything.

Both the devices are slick and fast in daily driver tasks and if you want a daily driver smartphone you can choose either because both are pretty solid options. The U11 EYEs have Bluetooth 4.2 on board for connectivity whereas the U11 Plus comes with the latest Bluetooth 5.0. Both the devices support hybrid dual SIM slot. Both the device's performance is pretty smooth in almost all scenarios.

Specs U11 EYEs U11 Plus
Display 6.0-inches 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels 1440 x 2880 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 652 Snapdragon 835
RAM 4GB 4/6GB
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD 64/128GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera 12MP with f/1.7 aperture 12MP with f/1.7 aperture
Front cameras dual 5MP 8MP
Battery 3,930mAh 3,930mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
OS Android Oreo Android Oreo
IP-ratings IP67 IP68

Software

HTC paid special attention to their custom version of OS in the last couple of years, the company not only reduced the bloatware but also brought a number of additions which are worth considering. Unlike most of the OEMs, HTC pre-loaded their mid-ranger U11 EYEs with the Android Oreo with custom Sense UI layer over it. The flagship U11 Plus was the company's first smartphone with Android Oreo 8.0 with Sense UI.

The overall feel of OS remains the same on both the devices as both have the same flavor of Android OS. HTC smartphones are the only one in the market which are pre-loaded with three AI Assistants on board including Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and HTC Sense assistant.

Camera

The U11 EYEs is the HTC's first mid-range smartphone with dual selfie-cameras which indicates the company followed the latest trend of bringing dual cameras on the front to lure the young customers looking for a selfie-centric camera. Sony and Samsung introduced latest mid-rangers XA2 Ultra and Galaxy A8 series with dual cameras on the front. HTC's latest U11 EYEs also features dual selfie-cameras. Both the sensors are 5MP modules with f/2.2 aperture. The primary snapper on the rear is a 12MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture. The rear snapper has OIS and dual LED flashlight accompanying it. The best thing about the dual snappers of U11 EYEs is the facial recognition feature which certainly puts it ahead of flagship U11 Plus which doesn't have this feature.

The flagship U11 Plus comes with single snapper on both rear and front side. The primary rear snapper is dual pixel 12MP module with f/1.7 aperture and Optical image stabilization. The device works pretty well even in low-lit conditions thanks to large aperture size, for low-lit conditions the device features LED flashlight. Up front, the selfie-camera is an 8MP module with f/2.0 aperture. The camera setup on both the devices is pretty good and the good thing is both have OIS on the rear snappers to ensure blur-free images.

Battery

As far the battery is a concern HTC tried to make everyone happy by bringing a fairly large battery cell. Both the devices not only shares same design aesthetics and display but also both the devices have same battery cell. A monster 3,930mAh battery cell is on board to keep both the device lights on. Another good thing is both the devices support Quick Charge 3.0 which quickly recharges the battery again. The U11 EYes easily last two days on a single charge on normal to medium usage whereas on heavy usage it easily ends the day with significant charge whereas the U11 Plus last one day on normal to medium usage with juice for next morning as well.

Price and Availability

The HTC U11 EYEs and U11 Plus falls in different price tag range. As expected to be the flagship the U11 Plus is more expensive whereas the U11 EYEs cost less. The U11 EYEs recently launched for Taiwanese customers at a price tag of NT$14,900 which is roughly $505 at the current currency exchange rate. On the other hand, the premium flagship U11 Plus is available for £699 in the UK and can be grabbed for €800 in Europe. For international buyers the device costs around $900 which puts it in the same league like Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Mate 10 Pro.

So if you don't want to spend a hefty amount on U11 Plus still want to have a bezel-less option you can grab the U11 EYEs as a solid mid-range option which can handle everything. At the moment the U11 Plus is one of the most expensive smartphones in the market and certainly not the best value for your money.

Conclusion:

The U11 EYEs and U11 Plus shares somewhat similar design aesthetics, the flagship variant comes with a better finish. In display section, both have similar size displays but the U11 Plus has Quad HD+ screen resolution as opposed to Full HD+ of U11 EYEs. The hardware section is lead by U11 Plus and it's not surprising at all considering its the top-tier device from HTC. The U11 Plus is faster and smoother than U11 EYEs but that doesn't mean the later lag behind.

On the camera front, U11 EYEs selfie cameras perform better whereas the U11 Plus main snapper is slightly better. The facial recognition feature of U11 EYEs isn't available for the U11 Plus. At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts in the comments section below regarding the U11 EYEs vs U11 Plus. Stay tuned for more comparisons and previews.

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