Alongside the mid-range HTC U11 Life HTC launched it’s new high-end flagship the U11 Plus. It carries everything about the U11 but with smaller bezels, a bigger display and a bigger battery. It’s rather odd to see a plus version of the main flagship released months after. There might be an explanation for that. Different reports claim this HTC U11 Plus is a rejected Google Pixel 2 XL. This was the phone that was supposedly intended to be the Pixel 2 XL before Google rejected it and opted to have LG on board to make the current Pixel 2 XL leaving the smaller Pixel 2 to be made by HTC. HTC couldn’t let the hard work go to waste thus rebuilding the rejected phone and branding it to be the U11 Plus.
The U11 Plus is wrapped in a glossy glass back just like the U11 and spots a large 6 inch QHD Plus Super LCD display with a 18:9 aspect ratio with thinner bezels as the trend is today in flagships released from major manufacturers.
It is powered by the latest high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with Adreno 540 GPU with two storage capacity variants, one a 64GB with 4GB RAM and another 128GB with 6GB RAM. It borrows it’s camera from the HTC U11 with a 12.2 megapixel f/1.7 UltraPixel 3 28mm with Optical Image Stabilization and a front facing 8 megapixel camera.
Out of the box it runs Android 8.0 Oreo with HTC Sense software that comes with quite a number of features that makes U11 Plus stand out. Edge Sense is one of them that enables an action within the phone triggered by squeezing the side bezels of the phone or simply launching the camera from sleep mode using the same squeeze action. Edge Sense is also taken to next level with a new highly customizable edge launcher that again is launched from the side using the same squeeze action. Any app or shortcut can be added to this launcher.
The U11 Plus ships with USonic earbuds with active noise cancellation and acoustic focus high definition video that uses 4 mics to record sound around the phone. Boom sound lovers will also appreciate the speakers on the U11 Plus that HTC says are 30% louder than those on the HTC U11.
Water proofing wasn’t left out as the U11 Plus is IP68 certified water and dust resistant. It omits the 3.5mm headphone jack for the single USB Type-C port. It carries a 3930mAh battery as well definitely larger than what the U11 offers.
The HTC U11 Plus comes in 3 colors i.e Ceramic Black, Translucent Black and Amazing Silver.