Early 2017's HTC U11 is an impressive phone, receiving 4.5 stars in our review, but the company seems to be aiming for that final half a star with its newly launched bigger and better version.
The HTC U11 Plus features a larger screen - without increasing the handset size much - with improved specs compared to the best previous phone from HTC this year. We've put together this guide to tell you everything you need to know about the new device previously known as Ocean Master.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? A larger and more powerful version of the HTC U11
- When is it out? Some time in January 2018
- What will it cost? AED 2,699 for 6GB/128GB
HTC U11 Plus release date and price
The HTC U11 Plus was announced in Dubai today but the actual release date for it is a few weeks away with the phone to land in stores some time in January.
Pricing wise we know the phone will cost AED 2,699 which sounds a bit on the higher side but you are getting a flagship product with dual SIM slots, 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
HTC U11 Plus design and screen
The HTC U11 Plus will be launched in three colours in the region which are Ceramic Black, Silver and our favourite- Translucent Black. It may sound like the U11 Plus is just a larger version of the phone we saw earlier this year, but there are some big changes to the spec and look of the phone too.
The screen on the U11 Plus has an aspect ratio of 18:9, which means it fills more of the phone and the company has been able to cut down the bezels to make it almost all screen on the front. That means HTC has been able to include a 6-inch screen without increasing the body size too much.
The phone is 158.5 x 74.9 x 8.5mm, when the U11 was 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm, so the phone isn't much bigger. It's a bit weighty but in a good way, and will be able to survive a dunk in the bath or a quick rainshower as it's IP68 water and dust resistant.
There's glass on the rear of the phone and the fingerprint sensor sits on the back too. On the right hand edge you'll find the power/unlock key as well as the volume rocker, and there's a USB-C port on the bottom edge.
The display itself is a QHD+ offering from the company with a resolution of 2880 x 1440. It has opted for Super LCD 6 technology with protection on the front coming from Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 tech.
HTC U11 Plus camera and battery
HTC is using similar camera tech to the U11 for the U11 Plus with a 12MP rear shooter that includes HTC's UltraPixel 3 technology with big 1.4µm pixels that should allow for lots of light. The camera also has an aperture of f/1.7.
There's optical image stabilization as well as electronic image stabilization (EIS), and there's also HDR Boost and a Pro mode that should allow you to take some great photos with the rear camera.
For video there is a slow-mo feature that films 1080p footage at 120fps, which is a bit disappointing compared to most flagship phones now. You can record in 4K though with hi-res audio too.
An 8MP camera sits on the front of the phone, with an 85 degree field of view as well as HDR Boost and Selfie panorama, so you should be able to fit all of your mates into your selfie shots.
This is all being powered by a 3,930mAh cell inside the phone that HTC hopes will last you the whole day from a single charge.
It also comes with Quick Charge 3.0 tech and an extreme power saving mode, so you can ensure you won't fully run out of battery when away from the charging socket.
HTC U11 Plus OS and power
Android Oreo 8.0 is all ready here and waiting on the HTC U11 Plus which is great. Unfortunately, you won't find support for Project Treble which means future updates will not be handled by Google but by HTC and there is no clear date on when we can expect Oreo 8.1.
The HTC U11 Plus comes with both Google Assistant pre-installed, plus HTC's Sense Companion is here to use if you want to get recommendations based on the things you do with your phone.
The U11 Plus is powered by the top of the range Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset that we saw included in the U11 and that has done well in a lot of top-end phones already this year.
That's backed up by 6GB of RAM with 128GB to play with. If you need more storage than that you'll be able to up it with microSD support of 2TB.
HTC U11 Plus other features
There's also a new feature called Edge Sense Launcher, which allows you to quickly access some of your apps, such as your torch or the calendar.
HTC's U11 BoomSound speakers are back for the U11 Plus but are now 30% stronger than they were on the original phone, and it also comes with Active Noise Cancellation, so we're expecting some great audio from the phone.
- Read our review on HTC U11