HTC Added a New Affordable Member in its Family: HTC U11+

The HTC U11+ in Translucent Black

Android Police has also unearthed leaks regarding the new U11 Life, which is said to come with a Snapdragon 660 processor, with a 5.2-inch 1080p display. And while I would still like a 3.5mm jack too, HTC's earbuds sound fantastic. For $350, that's a fair deal, though, if you are bargain-hunting, the Moto G5 Plus ($280) still wins. When I spent some hands-on time with the U11 Plus, that fingerprint reader struck me as being essentially the same as that on Google's Pixel phones. It measures 158.50 x 74.90 x 8.50 (height x width x thickness). Customers will be able to choose between a variant including 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage, and a version that includes 6GB of memory and 128GB storage.

The camera lens sticks out a bit, and that's a combo MicroSD/SIM slot on the top.

The fingerprint sensor on this design moves to the back of the phone, making room for the larger 6-inch, 2880×1440 18:9 OLED display up front. Other key features include Edge Sense, IP68 certification for dust and water resistance, and USB-C audio. The HTC U11 Plus is the bigger variant of the earlier launched HTC U11. There is no headphone jack, either. The device runs Android 8.0 Oreo operating system and is powered by a 2.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The smartphone will also come with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The company is offering USB Type-C headphones with active noise cancellation. United Kingdom fans will be able to pre-order the phone on November 20 but the shipping time is not yet known.

HTC managed to trim down the bezels, however, so the dimensions make for a handset that is only marginally bigger; where it feels more noticeable is in thickness, where the few added millimeters are being used to fit a battery that's 31% larger, at 3930mAh.

This means that instead of coming with the HTC Sense interface, it's pure stock Android. Now we know why: that's what it was initially intended and created to be. While the latter is probably one of the best mid-range handsets we've seen this year, especially the Android One variant, the former is the one that could help HTC improve its sales. Sapphire Blue will be the only color. The display is a Super LCD6 (1440x2880p) with Gorilla Glass 5. Either option nets you microSD support as well. It has 2600mAh built-in battery with QuickCharge 3.0. There is also a 24-bit DAC chip present. A nice touch for a budget phone.

The U11 life may be acrylic rather than glass, but you might not realize when you first pick it up. Started out as a BlackBerry addict until he bought HTC's Droid Eris and never looked back. He's now using a Galaxy S8 and BlackBerry KEYone.