HTC might have struck a deal with Google, which includes moving plenty of engineers, but it still has new phones on the way. The next is thought to be the HTC U11 Plus so here’s what we know about the phone’s release date and specs.
With so many big hitters in the phone market including the new Galaxy Note 8 and upcoming iPhone X, can HTC compete with a new U11 Plus?
HTC U11 Plus release date
We perhaps weren’t expecting something new so soon from HTC but the firm appears to have sent out invitations to an event in Taipei on 2 November.
The U in the invitation signals a new U-series phone with HTC saying “We’re bringing something new for the Brilliant U.”
Initially all bets were on a U11 Plus, a bigger brother to the U11 launched earlier this year. However, evleaks states that the event is actually for a slightly less exciting device, the U11 Life which he describes as ‘decidedly mid-range’. A Geekbench test appears to confirm the existence of this other device.
We’ll have to wait and see on 2 November.
HTC U11 Plus price
We’re speculating but we can estimate the price of the U11 Price. With the smaller U11 priced at £649 we expect the U11 Plus to be around £749 but could be more. The Galaxy S8 Plus, for example, has an RRP of £779.
HTC U11 Plus specs and features
If rumours are to be believed, the U11 Plus will come with a 5.99in screen. That would be a decent chunk bigger than the regular U11’s 5.5in. The larger display will have an 18:9 aspect ratio and Quad HD+ resolution (1440×2880) matching the LG G6 and not far off the Galaxy S8.
A teaser for the event on the HTC UK Twitter account shows the back of a new phone including a rear mounted fingerprint scanner. Whether this is the U11 Plus or the U11 Life remains to be seen.
Evan Blass has said the HTC Plus will come in three colours: Black, Silver and Translucent. The latter is essentially a clear casing and means you can see some internals like the coil for wireless charging. This can be seen in the teaser image above and a leaked photo below.
One key question with a screen like this is whether HTC will ditch its BoomSound speakers to get a bezel-free design. We’d expect waterproofing to continue and the Edge Sense sensors.
According to evleaks, the U11 Plus will indeed have BoomSound speakers, an IP68 waterproof rating and Edge Sense. It will also have a large 3930mAh battery and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.
Internal specs seem to be the same at the regular U11 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and either 4- or 6GB of RAM paired with 64- or 128GB of storage. There will also be a microSD card slot.
It doesn’t look like HTC will offer dual-cameras like so many rivals. Instead, there will still be a 12Mp camera with f/1.7 aperture, dual-LED flash and optical image stabilisation. At the front will be an 8Mp camera.
The U11 Plus is rumoured to come in two colours: Brilliant Black and Amazing Silver. And here’s a look at a leaked render of the phone.