HTC’s U11 Plus, the Taiwanese mobile maker’s next generation smartphone, is imminent. Rumours are rife that the device, a larger version of the company’s U11 released earlier this year, will be unveiled in the next few weeks.
So, what can you expect? Will this be HTC’s swan song after it sold its phone business to Google? And can it match headline grabbing rivals such as the iPhone X and Pixel 2? Read on and we’ll tell you five things we know so far.
1) Launch event on 2nd November
HTC has sent out invites to a special event in its home city of Taipei on 2nd November. While it’s not confirmed the U11 Plus will be on show, the large U which looms over the top of the invite suggests it’s highly likely to make an appearance. Throw in a string of recent reports about changes to the HTC U range and it’s a no brainer.
2) Bigger screen
The clue’s in the name. The HTC U11 Plus is set to come with a massive 6–inch screen with a Quad HD resolution. This will make it far larger than the HTC U11, which tops out at a more than ample 5.5–inches.
What’s more, the new phone will have an 18:9 aspect ratio, allowing for improved widescreen viewing. This is already a feature of top–end phones from Samsung and LG, not to mention the Pixel 2 XL, and should help out HTC amongst its rivals as the bid for upgrading smartphone owners hots up ahead of the holiday season.
3) High end specs
HTC isn’t holding back when it comes to the internal prowess of the U11 Plus. Tech watchers believe the phone will feature the latest, fastest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, with one model running 4GB of RAM and featuring 64GB storage and another packing a huge 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage.
Throw in a single lens 12-megapixel camera, the same as the excellent snapper found in the U11 and an 8 megapixel front–facing camera, and you’re looking at a more than capable high–end handset.
4) HTC’s own features
HTC is set to load the U11 Plus up with a host of its own smarts. These include Edge Sense, allowing users to interact with the phone by squeezing the sides of the device; Companion, its own virtual assistant for handling requests via voice control; and HTC Sense, its Android skin which has become much less cumbersome and clunky in recent years.
5) HTC’s last phone?
Google snapped up HTC’s smartphone making business earlier this year, essentially turning the company into its in–house mobile maker. The question is, does this mean the U11 Plus is HTC’s swan song, the last flagship phone it makes before working with Google on future, high–end products? That certainly seems the case.