HTC has released not one, but two devices on the 2nd November. One of the devices were the much leaked (I mean, both were leaked all over) U11+ and the U11 Life (article coming shortly).
The U11+ is nearly identical to the previously released flagship device from the company – the U11. The difference is being a few placements here and there and of course – the display. HTC took very long to realise and follow the new trend, but it’s finally here! Better late than never, right?
The U11+ comes with a 6″ QHD IPS LCD display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The screen is also protected by Gorilla Glass 5 that should prevent against small drops and scratches on the surface. Don’t expect to see any physical buttons on the front, there are only the usual software ones.
That said, the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back of the device and has been positioned in the center.
The build quality is excellent as it follows the U11’s glossy format and presentation.
The U11+ is powered by the flagship worthy Snapdragon 835 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There’s also a 6GB RAM and 128GB storage option available. As you would expect from HTC, the storage is expandable via a MicroSD card slot. Depending on where you live and what market you have access to, you may also want to pick up a dual-SIM variant.
On the back, there is also a single camera setup. It’s a 12MP Ultra Pixel 3 sensor with OIS, f/1.7 aperture, Autofocus and dual-LED flash. On the front, there’s an 8MP 85-degree sensor with f/2.0 aperture.
Other features include Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, NO headphone jack and of course USB-C.
The U11+ is powered by a massive 3939 mAh battery and supports Quick Charge 3.0. It also runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with HTC Sense on top of it. HTC’s Edge Sense (pressure sensitive edges on the sides) is also present and here to stay with the same functionalities as the U11 flagship.
It will be available in Translucent Black, Ceramic Black, Amazing Silver colour options.
The U11+ can be yours for €799 in Europe and in “select markets around the world” – unfortunately, it will not be sold in North America however.
In case you’re wondering, the U11+ is meant to be the real and original Google Pixel 2 XL. It’s unclear what happened to the project and why Google scrapped HTC from manufacturing, perhaps because LG offered a better design – not sure. HTC obviously didn’t want to waste the manpower and R&D that went into the project, so they decided to launch it as the U11+ as a re-skinned version, which indeed seems like it’s a good choice.
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