HTC U11+ is now in India, but we aren't excited

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After three months since its global launch, HTC has released the U11+ in India today. The phone is priced at Rs 56,990, which pits it against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, Pixel 2 and LG V30+. The phone will be a Flipkart exclusive and will go on sale tomorrow.

The phone was unveiled globally back in November, and it has a nearly bezel-less design like most other flagships of 2017. From a specification point of view, it's pretty much up to 2017 standards, including a Snapdragon 835 chipset, 6GB of RAM and a decent 3,930 battery. You get 128GB storage expandable to 2TB. It runs Android Oreo with HTC’s custom skin. 

At this price point, the 12-megapixel UltraPixel 3 rear camera has a fair rating on DXOMark. It has f/1.7 aperture and IP68 certification.

We aren't excited

But truth be told, we aren't quite excited. It’s no more a secret that the HTC U12 will be company’s flagship this year. We’ve been hearing quite a bit about the device from numerous leaks and rumours. So, the U11+ seems to be a phone you shouldn't invest in. Compared to the kind of flagship phones we expect this year, this doesn't make sense anyway. The Galaxy S8 seems like a better buy. 

If you ask us, we would recommend you to either go for a Pixel 2 or wait for new flagships to launch. Even if you're a HTC loyalist, the U12 is probably worth waiting for.

The new flagship is expected to make its way somewhere in April or May.

Sudhanshu Singh have been working in tech journalism as a reporter, writer, editor, and reviewer for over 5 years. He has reviewed hundreds of products ranging across categories and have also written opinions, guides, feature articles, news, and analysis. Ditching the norm of armchair journalism in tech media, Sudhanshu dug deep into how emerging products and services affect actual users, and what marks they leave on our cultural landscape.
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