Today HTC is expanding its U11 series from one member into three, with the introduction of the U11 life and the U11+. The two new parts are designed to sit above and below the current standard U11 model, with the U11 life aiming at a more price competitive ‘lifestyle’ market, while the U11+ (U11-plus) sits at the top of the pile and is being touted for HTC super-fans who want a little bit more from their U11.

The HTC U11+: Bigger Display, More Battery

So where the U11 life has a few reduced features to bring down the price, the U11+ puts in more of the premium. Over the original U11 it moves up from a 5.5-inch 16:9 2560x1440 SLCD5 display to a 6.0-inch 18:9 2880x1440 SLCD6 display, as well as increasing the environmental resistance rating from IP67 to IP68. The battery also gets a sizeable boost from 3000 mAh to 3930 mAh, which HTC is quoting for an additional 4 hours of video playback and an additional four hours of LTE data use.

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With the original HTC U11, we were told that it was color calibrated out of the factory, although we were not told to what degree. For the U11+, we are told that it supports HDR10 and DCI-P3, although we were not told how much of the color space the display covers (we did ask, waiting to hear back). HDR10 will be officially supported by the end of the year – the hardware is capable but the software is still catching up. We asked about the official brightness of the display, how that compares to the 1000 nit ideal for HDR10, although that data wasn’t immediately available. We compared the U11+ and U11 life side-by-side at maximum brightness, and it was clear the U11 life was brighter, which was an interesting result.

The U11+ retains the same storage configurations (6/128 and 4/64) with support for a microSD card, and retains the connectivity: 802.11ac, USB 3.0 (5 Gbps) Type-C, and support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The SoC is the same with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, and the cameras are still the 12MP UltraPixel 3 with OIS+EIS, f/1.7 and HDR Boost with support for 120fps video at 1080p. The front-facing camera has a change, down from a 16MP to a wide-angle 8MP version but with a f/2.0 aperture and an 85º field-of-view. Other features of the U11+ include the HTC USonic audio and 24-bit wireless audio support. The U11+ will ship with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa where supported, and Edge Sense as the headline feature.

Edge Sense gets a slightly different implementation, this time opening up the HTC Sense Companion from the main screen to give an overlay for quick access to all the common apps.

The U11+ will be shipping with Android 8 as standard, and will only be available in Ceramic Black to begin with. We were shown a prototype for a Translucent Black color that they have been considering, which shows off the NFC coil and some minor details around the camera (if you look hard enough).

We were quoted a price of £699 for the UK on the Ceramic Black model with 6 GB DRAM and 128GB of storage, which will also be available throughout the EU. A 4/64 model will also be available in Asia. No details were given about a US release, although at that UK price (which includes 20% tax), it will likely be around $770.

HTC U11 Family
  HTC U11 life HTC U11 HTC U11+
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
4 x A53 @ 2.2 GHz
4 x A53 @ 1.8 GHz
Adreno 508
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
4x Kryo 280 Perf @ 2.45 GHz
4x Kryo 280 Eff @ 1.90 GHz
Adreno 540 @ 653 MHz 
Display 5.2-inch SLCD
1920x1080
5.5-inch SLCD5
2560x1440
6.0-inch SLCD6
 2880x1440
Dimensions 149.9 x 72.9 x 8.1 mm
142 grams
153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm
169 grams
158.5 x 74.9 x 8.5 mm
188 grams
Waterproof Yes (IP67) Yes (IP67) Yes (IP68)
RAM 3 GB 4 GB 4 GB 6 GB 4 GB 6 GB
NAND 32 GB 64 GB 64 GB
UFS 2.1
128 GB
UFS 2.1
64 GB
UFS 2.1
128 GB
UFS 2.1
MicroSD Yes Yes Yes
Rear Camera 16MP, f/2.0 12MP "UltraPixel 3"
OIS, f/1.7, 1.4µm pixels
Front Camera 16MP, f/2.0 16MP 8MP, f/2.0,
85º wide angle
Battery 2600 mAh
non-replaceable
3000 mAh
non-replaceable
3930 mAh
non-replaceable
Modem Qualcomm X12 (Integrated)
Category 11 LTE
Qualcomm X16 (Integrated)
2G / 3G / 4G LTE
LTE Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 17, 20, 28, 66 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28 (U11+), 32
38, 39, 40, 41
SIM Size 1 x NanoSIM 1x or 2x NanoSIM
Wireless 802.11ac, BT4.2, NFC
GPS / GLONASS / BDS
802.11ac, BT 4.2, NFC,
GPS / GLONASS
Connectivity USB 2.0 Type-C USB 3.0 (5 Gbps), Type-C, Quick Charge 3.0
3.5mm TRRS No No No
Launch OS Android 7.0 w/ HTC Sense (US)
Android 8.0 w/ AndroidOne (RoW)
Android 7.1 with HTC Sense Android 8.0 with HTC Sense
Cost From £349 (~$385) 4 + 64GB: £649 From £699 (~$770)

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  • negusp - Thursday, November 02, 2017 - link

    Look at that gaudy glass back. Looks like that cheap glossy plastic you see on toys/ornaments. Reply
  • lilmoe - Thursday, November 02, 2017 - link

    Hey, it's PREMIUM. Reply
  • negusp - Thursday, November 02, 2017 - link

    ikr.

    Hey HTC, you know what designs are premium? *cough* *cough* One M8/9/10
    Reply
  • IGTrading - Thursday, November 02, 2017 - link

    Not everybody likes metallic back covers. Reply
  • negusp - Thursday, November 02, 2017 - link

    Yeah, a soft touch polycarb such as that on the Nexus 5 can't be beat. But, the design of the M8/9/10 was still excellent and leagues above this glass piece of shit. Reply
  • Despoiler - Thursday, November 02, 2017 - link

    Cheap plastic? You should get your eyes checked. Almost every review out there has commented on how seriously impressive looking it is. Reply
  • evilspoons - Thursday, November 02, 2017 - link

    I have a blue U11, it looks *amazing*. It's a fingerprint magnet so I have it in a clear case (Spigen something), but there's nothing else like it. Reply
  • IGTrading - Thursday, November 02, 2017 - link

    It looks very good and high quality and it is also a welcomed change on a market where most phones look alike. Reply
  • twtech - Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - link

    You're going to cover it with a case anyway, so what difference does it make? Reply
  • XabanakFanatik - Thursday, November 02, 2017 - link

    When are you going to start including a screen-to-body ratio measurement in the specs chart for phones? Reply

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