HTC U11+ Review, latest launched premium Flagship

HTC U11+ Review, latest launched premium Flagship

HTC U11+ Review, latest launched premium Flagship

HTC U11+ Review, latest launched premium Flagship is the previous year's premium smartphone from the Taiwanese company. At the time of its launch, it had the Xiaomi Mi A1(Review) and Samsung Galaxy A8+(2018 Review) as its main competition. While the futuristic-looking Samsungflagships already had taller displays, others hadn't caught up yet, but that has steadily been changing over the past year.

HTC has now come up with the HTC U11+. While this new model was available internationally late 2017,  HTC has only launched it in India now HTC U11+ Review, latest launched premium Flagship.  It goes up against the likes of the Samsung Galaxy A8+ (Review), LG V30+ (Review), and the Google Pixel 2 XL (Review), as well as new models that many companies will be releasing very soon. The HTC U11+ has some flagship-level hardware under its shiny mirror-finished exterior and has a potent camera as well, but little else has changed compared to the U11.

HTC U11+ Review, latest launched premium Flagship

HTC U11+ design

HTC U11+ Review, latest launched premium Flagship really sticks to HTC’s design language and looks. It has the same mirror-finish glossy body, first seen on the HTC U Ultra, which really sets it apart from today's other flagships and gives it something unique to boast about. HTC calls it “Liquid Surface” and it's made primarily out of glass that's been polished to give it a high gloss. While it is stunning to look at, it does make the phone quite slippery and also picks up fingerprints easily, so you will need to wipe it often to retain the shine. HTC provides a transparent case in the box which you can pop on to keep the phone safe.

The front of HTC U11+ Review, latest launched premium Flagship is pretty much with6-inch display, dominated by the display with thin borders on the sides and slightly bigger ones at the top and the bottom. This makes the phone narrow and tall, and it's harder to reach all corners. HTC has moved the fingerprint scanner to the back, just below the camera module. The position is convenient and it is easy to unlock the phone with a finger.

There’s a recessed earpiece at the top along with a selfie camera and an array of sensors. At the back, there's a single camera with a dual-LED flash. There's a raised ring around the camera module which should keep it safe from scratches. The phone has a metal band around it which houses the power and volume buttons on the right, while the left side is completely blank. The buttons are well positioned and the power button has a texture, making it easy to distinguish.

The SIM trayof HTC U11+ Review, latest launched premium Flagship is positioned on the top alongside one of the four microphones that the device has all around the body. At the bottom, there's a downward-firing subwoofer and a USB Type-C port along with the primary microphone. Sadly, the U11 misses out on a 3.5mm headphone jack but HTC offers its HTC USonic headphones in the box. These are active noise cancellation headphones with a Type-C connector which can be plugged into the phone directly. HTC ships a USB Type-C to 3.5mm dongle in the box which will be required if you want to use your own headphones. You also get a Quick Charge 3.0 compatible charger in the box

HTC U11+ Review, latest launched premium Flagship

 specifications and software

The HTC U11+ sports a 6-inch display with QuadHD+ resolution (1440 x 2880 pixels) putting out close to 537 pixels per inch. HTC calls it Super LCD 6, and it supports the DCI-P3 Wide colour gamut. Users can also switch to sRGB output and tweak the colour temperature to suit their individual preferences. There is a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection which should help keep the display intact on this slippery phone.

Powering the phone is the Snapdragon 835 SoC, an octa-core processor clocked at 2.45GHz, just like the HTC U11. There are two variants of the U11+, one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, while the other has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. At this point, HTC has only launched the higher-end variant in India, priced at Rs 56,990. In terms of connectivity, it supports Bluetooth 5, dual-band Wi-Fi ac, NFC, GPS, GLONASS and of course 4G and VoLTE. The HTC U11+ has a USB 3.1 Gen. 1 Type-C port with support video output using a DisplayPort cable. HTC has also improved the water- and dust-resistance rating from IP67 on the U11 to IP68 on the U11+.

The HTC U11 + uns on the latest OREO update.

 

HTC U11+ performance, cameras, and battery life

There is no doubt that the HTC U11+ Review, latest launched premium Flagship is a powerful smartphone. Its Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM is capable of bulldozing its way through any task you ask it to perform. The UI on the phone feels smooth and did not lag during our time with it. App load times are kept low and the phone can multitask easily. Benchmarks also show that it is a powerhouse. In AnTuTu 7, the U11+ managed to score 216,394. In GeekBench 4, the U11+ scored 1,933 for the single-core test and 6,538 for the multi-core test. Graphics performance is also good and the phone managed 60fps running the T-Rex Benchmark, and 20fps in the Manhattan test at QHD resolution in GFXBench.

HTC U11+ Review, latest launched premium Flagship

The display is vivid and has good viewing angles. It also has good brightness, but the screen is a little reflective when outdoors. Apart from DCI-P3 and sRGB display modes, the U11+ has HDR10 support. While HDR didn't kick in for YouTube and Netflix videos like we've seen on other phones, HDR files stored locally looked very good on the display and we could see the difference in how vibrant colours looked

HTC managed to impress us with the camera on the U11, and HTC U11+ Review, latest launched premium Flagship is no different. It has the same 12-megapixel sensor with an f/1.7 aperture at the back. The sensor has big 1.4-micron pixels which helps it capture more light in dim conditions. The camera app is very basic with only toggles for HDR and the flash, and an option to switch between photo and video modes. One has to swipe from the left to see all the other modes available on the phone, which include Panorama, Hyperlapse, Slow Motion and Pro. Once in Pro mode, the camera gives you complete control over the white balance, exposure, ISO, shutter speed, and focus, and you can save photos in the RAW format.

Photos taken with the HTC U11+ were impressive, and it is safe to say that this is one of the best smartphone cameras at the moment. The phone is quick to focus and our shots were crisp with a good amount of detail. We never had to adjust the exposure when shooting in daylight as the phone got it right every single time.

The HTC U11+  packed in a larger battery, bumping the total capacity up to 3930mAh and resulting in an increase in weight as well. This phone weighs 188g making it one of the heavier options in its class. However, the premium glass back coupled with the weight gives the impression that this phone is solidly built. Internationally, the HTC U11+ is available in three colours: Amazing Silver, Ceramic Black, and a see-through Translucent Black finish. However, the company has only launchedthe Amazing Silver variant in India, which looks more blue than silver.