HTC U11+ Review & Pros And Cons

Picture of the HTC U11+, by HTC

- Analysis by KJ David


As made obvious by its Plus tag, the HTC U11 Plus takes the original U11's pros and cons a level higher, bumping its mother model's 5.5-inch QHD screen to a 6-inch QHD+ (2880 x 1440) Super LCD 6 interface bedecked with a 537ppi pixel density , the HDR10 screen technology , and a DCI-P3 wide color gamut . It also features a rare (as of its November 2017 release) 18:9 screen aspect ratio, which we have previously seen on some contending premium-caliber phablets.

Given its screen upgrade, the U11+ also comes with a more-generous 3930mAh battery that scores up to 25 hours of continuous talk time on both 3G and 4G networks . As for performance, the U11+ brings back the original model's flagship Snapdragon 835 eight-core 64-bit 2.45GHz processor tied up with a hearty 6GB RAM (A 4GB-only variant, which is still not half bad, is also offered).

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Its other high-tier specs include an LTE Cat 15 adapter clubbed with advanced carrier aggregation, consequently promising a whopping 800Mbps peak data rate . Additionally, the U11+ reintroduces HTC's Edge Sense technology , which essentially lets you launch a favorite app or call up the camera by squeezing the device. While we're at it, the U11+'s main camera is a 12-megapixel HTC UltraPixel 3 cam, which, though not that competitive in terms of raw resolution , is decorated with imaging pros like 4K (3840 x 2160) video-recording , HTC's UltraSpeed Autofocus , and HDR Boost . Opposite its rear cam is an 8-megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera , which is almost inexcusable for a phone with 6GB's worth of RAM and a QHD+ display. In comparison several similarly-specked models feature 116-megapixel-and-better selfie shooters.

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Leading the U11+'s pros and cons on the multimedia front is a combination of HTC's signature USonic (with active noise cancellation) and BoomSound audio technologies . It is also among the earliest smartphones to feature a and 4-microphone setup coupled with 3D audio and acoustic focus recording . This flagship phone relies on a 128GB/64GB internal memory that could have been bumped up to a truly-premium 256GB and supports up to 2TB's worth of microSD storage .

Holding everything in place is the HTC U11+'s IP68-reated (for dust- and waterproofing) case met by a Gorilla Glass 5 panel up front . It is available in two Black variants (Ceramic and Translucent), one of which is equipped with a translucent glass backing , as well as Amazing Silver.

To rehash, though the HTC U11 Plus could have done better in terms of camera resolution, it still has a lot to offer, especially to audiophiles or a process-hungry multimedia junkies.


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