8.2/10
Informr score
The HTC U11+ currently has an Informr score of 8.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 22 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Blazing performance
  • Excellent image quality in almost every lighting situation
  • Great battery life
  • Sleek design

What's bad

  • Glass back attracts smudges and fingerprints
  • Not available worldwide
  • A bit heavy

Despite some rocky sales, HTC isn’t giving up on the U11 lineup just yet. With the addition of the U11+, it now has three handsets in the range—the original, the mid-range Life, and now the flagship Plus.

Is it worth the price? Well...

While it's the most powerful version HTC has released so far, the U11+ isn’t a huge leap in specs when compared to the original. Even in terms of design, it looks very similar. It is slightly taller and thinner, with smaller bezels. It’s also heavier, weighing in at 188 grams instead of 160 grams.

The U11+ comes with the same "Liquid Surface" design, offering an attractive combination of metal and glass. While reviewers liked how sleek it looked, they noticed the glass rear attracted fingerprints and smudges. Still, it was easy enough for them to wipe down and the glass rear was sturdy enough to resist scratches even when dropped on the ground or knocked against keys.

HTC has upped the IP rating to IP68 for better waterproofing. The U11+ can handle a puddle or pool for a few seconds and surface unscathed.

The main reason the U11+ is larger is its 6-inch display. HTC opted for a Super LCD panel with a resolution of 1,440-by-2,800. Critics found the screen to be sharp with nary a pixel in sight.

They were let down somewhat with color vibrancy when compared to flagships with AMOLED technology. The daylight visibility was also lacking when compared to competitors, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. They mention the blacks were not as deep though whites were clean.

That said, most found the screen good enough. They add most regular consumers won’t notice a huge difference between competitors unless they compare it side-by-side.

While the U11+ has the same processor as its predecessor, it bumps up the RAM to 6GB. Benchmark tests put it below the Galaxy S8 during single-core processes. Once multi-core is enabled, it takes the lead. Real life testing reflects these scores, providing experts with a lag and stutter-free experience.

The extra weight of the device comes from including a 3,930mAh battery. Reviewers could easily go a full day on a single charge—even with heavy use. With more moderate use, most could get 1.5 days without issue. And should you run out of juice, it comes with quick charge capabilities.

The U11+ uses the same hardware as the original—a 12MP sensor with optical image stabilization. HTC also included a proprietary technology called HTC Boost. Its meant to capture more color detail during night shots and gather more dynamic range.

Experts were pleased with image quality in almost every lighting situation. Night and extreme-low light pictures featured little noise. More importantly, they were impressed with how much color the camera could pull out despite the poor lighting.

In good lighting situations, the camera captured images with high detail, excellent contrast, and natural colors.

Reviewers highly suggest purchasing the HTC U11+, that is, if it’s available in your region. The biggest downfall of the device is that it’s not available everywhere. So you’re out of luck if you live in the US.

Still, critics say it’s certainly worth it. Android Central states, “... the U11+ is a top-notch... flagship with solid construction, a beautiful glass design... a fantastic camera, and dependable battery life.” Tech Advisor adds, “It’s a worthy upgrade to the U11…”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.45 GHz
Screen Size
6"
Camera
12+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Firstpost

If last year’s U11 lacked presence, this year’s U11 Plus makes things worse. It’s a good phone, but it’s pricing places it in direct competition with, at the very least, the stunning Samsung Galaxy S9. At the same price, you’re getting a phone with fewer features, an older chipset, a bulkier phone,...

- Anirudh Regidi, Firstpost
Gizbot

The smartphone offers a crisp 2K screen, best-in-class audio performance and a brilliant camera, though portrait mode is still a big miss. Battery life has improved considerably as compared to the original U11 and the new handset also offers more screen for better multimedia experience.

- Rohit Arora, Gizbot
BGR

The HTC U11+ isn’t quite as complete a smartphone as many competing devices, and indeed there are some options that cost significantly less and offer more. The phone falls short in a handful of ways, including design, some shortcomings of the screen, software that has some mild flaws, and a camera t...

- Ali Pardiwala, BGR
Notebookcheck

With the U11 Plus, HTC offers a great smartphone. Nevertheless, shortfalls, in terms of the display brightness and LTE speed, mar an otherwise good overall impression.

- Daniel Schmidt, Notebookcheck
Business Standard

HTC might have been late in rolling out the much-deserved upgrade with a modern screen. However, the U11 Plus has more than bare essentials to keep premium smartphone users engaged.

- Khalid Anzar, Business Standard


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Screen Size
6"

The HTC U11+'s screen size is 6 inches with 1440 x 2880 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.45 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.45 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.0 Oreo (Update Available: 9.0 Pie) operating system (OS).

Camera
12+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 12+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3930mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3930 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 1500 minutes, 506 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

HTC U11+ Specs

Overview
Release date December 31, 2017
Regions available United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo (Update Available: 9.0 Pie)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.45 GHz
Internal Storage 64/128 GB
RAM 4 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.63 W/kg
Body: 0.67 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3930 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 425 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 506 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 1500 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 14 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Translucent Black, Ceramic Black, Amazing Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.8 x 7.5 x 0.8 cm (6.2 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 188 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 68
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology S-LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2880 pixels
Pixel density 537 pixels
Size 6 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Yes
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.7
Resolution
12+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, HDR Boost, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording, Voice activation
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, MKV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
F2.0 aperture, Selfie Panorama
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, MIDI, MP3, MP4, M4A, OGG, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MKV, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC U11 Plus

128 GB storage variant comes with 6 GB of RAM.

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