HTC unveiled the new HTC U11 Plus back in November 2017, and now the mobile is ready to ship to Indian buyers. The mobile is available on Flipkart and will start shipping from 7th February 2018. You can purchase the phone in sapphire blue or amazing silver color options.
HTC has the HTC U11 flagship that offers everything that the competition is offering and even has a damn good camera. But it doesn’t look futuristic as it comes with the old 16:9 design.
Display and Design
However, the new flagship, HTC U11 Plus comes with a stunning 6.0 Inch Display with 18:9 aspect ratio and an incredible 2880*1440 pixels resolution display. Besides, the display uses a Super LCD 6 panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and offers 537 PPI.
There are no sweeping changes to design, but it looks gorgeous with a translucent glass back liquid surface design. Both the color options available are subtle and offer a sophisticated look.
The phone looks a bit thick due to the large battery capacity. Moreover, it measures 8.5 mm in thickness and weighs 188 grams.
Further, the HTC U11 Plus comes with an incredible 12-megapixel (UltraPixel 3 with 1.4 μm pixel)rear camera with f/1.7 aperture and OIS, same as the HTC U11. There are some cool tricks like the ability to record 4K videos, PRO mode, Face detection, HDR+, slow-motion videos (1080p @120 FPS).
Additionally, we have an 8 Megapixel selfie camera that can click selfies if you smile or stay silent for a while. Also, it comes with a wide 85-degrees lens for broader shots. You can even use the selfie timer or do a live-makeup to enhance the selfies.
Performance and OS
Powering the phone is the fastest chipset available on any Android Phone. The Octa-Core Snapdragon 835 and the Adreno 540 GPU makes multi-tasking and gaming effortless.
Additionally, it comes with 6 GB of ram and 128 GB internal storage. There is even Dual-sim support and you can use the second sim slot for your micro-sd card. It supports upto 2 TB of expandable storage.
The presence of Android Oreo 8.0 out of the box makes the user experience delicious. There is HTC Sense companion that keeps offering suggestions based on your usage pattern. However, it is one of the cleanest UIs that you can have apart from the stock Android experience on the Pixel phones.
Some Nifty Features
The new HTC flagship comes with a myriad of features that are worth knowing. For starters, the U11 plus has a squeezable frame that you can use to click images, launch Apps or even the voice assistant.
Furthermore, the phone is dust and water resistant and comes with an IP 68 rating.
Some other handy features are, always-on voice commands, flip to mute and activity tracking.
It is impossible to not talk about the sound when describing an HTC phone. We have 4 microphones that not only help with better acoustic recording but also help with active noise cancelation and improve call quality. The phone comes with HTC Boomsound and USonic technology to improve the sound output.
For better sound through wireless headphones, the phone uses the Qualcomm aptX HD LDAC™ 24-bit high-resolution wireless audio. It even has support for Bluetooth 5.0, latest standard of Bluetooth technology.
NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-Type C, 4G VOLTE, Dual Sim, you name it and HTC has you covered. In fact, it comes with all the modern necessary connectivity options.
Another highlight is the presence of a large 3930 mAH capacity battery. It can even charge rapidly using the Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology. Unlike, a lot of other phones HTC has added a large battery as a trade-off for thinness. I think it is a good thing. Even if it is a slightly thick and heavy, you won’t have battery related issues with this device.
HTC U11 Plus costs a lot of money, Rs. 56,990. Undoubtedly, it comes with a plethora of features some gimmicky while others are useful. HTC has taken care of basics and even offering some advanced features.
Major Pros for HTC U11 Plus
- Great Design and Display.
- Good Camera.
- Great Battery Life.
- Fast Performance.
- Latest Bloat Free OS.
- Great Sound.
- Tons of features.
What Could Have Been Better in the U11 Plus?
- Super AMOLED Display.
- Dual Cameras or portrait mode like Pixel 2.
- Face ID like the iPhone X.
- In-Display Fingerprint Scanner.
HTC U 11 Plus is a great phone but somehow it still feels like it is catching up the competition and what is already there in the market. As mentioned above these are a couple of cutting-edge technology advancements that we are looking in 2018.
Undoubtedly, the phone ticks a lot right boxes, but at the same time, it is expensive like the Samsung, Google or Apple phones. Having said that, it is a good phone and it boils down to personal preference which flagship you wish to buy. Or if you want to wait two more months Samsung S9 and S9 plus are around the corner.