HTC enters the bezel-less race with the U11+

Ivan, 02 November 2017

It took HTC a while to get here, but it finally has a phone with a nearly bezel-free front. The U11+ has an 18:9 6.0-inch Super LCD6 of 1440x2880px resolution with Gorilla Glass 5 and no physical buttons on the front (the fingerprint scanner moved to the rear).

On the back there's a 12MP UltraPixel 3 OIS camera with an f/1.7 aperture, 1.4µm pixels, UltraSpeed autofocus, and a dual-LED flash. It can do 1080p video capture at 120fps, and 4K recording with Hi-Res audio.

The front camera has 8 MP resolution, 85-degree field-of-view, f/2.0 aperture, and 1080p video recording. The U11+ is housed in an IP68-certified body, which allows it to go under up to 1.5m of freshwater for up to 30 minutes.

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HTC U11+

That body is among the prettier around - the back carries the design language of the U11 with a glossy "Liquid Surface" back. You get a choice of Ceramic Black, Amazing Silver and Translucent - the standout among the three.

On the inside the HTC U11+ has a Snapdragon 835 chip, with either 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage or 6/128GB, depending on region. In all cases you get a microSD card slot too. Also depending on where you buy it from, you may or may not receive a dual-SIM model.

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HTC U11+ in Translucent Black

All of this is powered by an impressive 3,930mAh battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. The U11+ runs Android 8.0 Oreo with HTC Sense on top. The Edge Sense functionality that lets you squeeze the phone to launch features is baked in too.

The device measures 158.5 x 74.9 x 8.5 mm and weighs 188g. It supports Cat.15 LTE, with maximum peak download speeds of 800Mbps (and 150Mbps uploads). It does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, but you were probably expecting that. On the other hand, Bluetooth 5.0 is built-in, along with Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, GPS, and GLONASS.

Pricing will be €799 in Europe. The U11+ will be sold in "select markets around the world", but not North America.


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  • Kareem

This is the phone, I mean the iPhone x and s8, Note 8 killer!!! This is the phone I've waiting for from HTC.....And it's well nailed. It has the loudest and most accurate boom sound any phone might have, 4000 battery capacity, 3 AI technologies, wate...

  • Noel

HTC that wasn't hard...was it??? As u can tell from all the excitement about this phone..they delivered on those two point. Been saying it for years now...just knock off the huge bezels and put in a capacious juice pack. This HTC U11+ even th...

  • AnonD-126794

This is the best smartphone that money can buy when you compare the features, quality, and price as well. It is basically a Galaxy S8 Plus with a bigger battery, better audio, better OS imo, normal fingerprint placement, amazing speakers, and 6GB of ...

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