HTC is rumoured to be announcing two new smartphones at an event on 2 November, one of which is claimed to be the HTC U11 Plus – a larger version of the HTC U11 that graced us with its presence earlier this year.
The HTC U11 Plus has been heavily rumoured over the last couple of weeks, but how will it compare to the HTC U11? We have put the two devices up against each other, based on the speculation.
HTC U11 Plus vs HTC U11: Design
- Liquid surface expected on both
- Similar footprint expected for both
- U11 Plus could have translucent rear
The HTC U11 features a beautiful liquid surface rear, combined with a glass front and the result is a lovely-looking device. Four colour options are available including Sapphire Blue, Amazing Silver, Brilliant Black and Solar Red, the latter of which is very striking.
Measuring 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm and weighing 169g, the HTC U11 has a squeezable frame that launches Google Assistant, coupled with a single camera lens on the rear and a pill-shaped capacitive fingerprint sensor on the front below the screen. You’ll find USB Type-C at the bottom of the device, while the volume rocker and a ridged side button are positioned on the right edge.
The HTC U11 Plus meanwhile, is also expected to feature a liquid surface rear and squeezable frame so expect another fantastic-looking design. Colour options suggested so far include black and silver, along with translucent, the latter of which would help the U11 Plus stand out from the flagship crowd.
Although measurements haven’t been detailed in the leaks, it is expected the U11 Plus will be a similar size to the U11 with the squeezable frame but with an 18:9 aspect ratio display which allows for a larger screen within the same footprint, following the trend we have seen from the likes of Apple, Google, LG and Samsung this year.
The fingerprint sensor is expected to reposition to the rear of the device under the single camera lens in order to make way for the new screen. Waterproofing is also expected to be on board the U11 Plus, as is the new BoomSound HiFi Edition arrangement of speakers and lack of 3.5mm headphone jack, all of which can be found on the U11.
HTC U11 Plus vs HTC U11: Display
- U11 Plus expected to come with 18:9 aspect ratio display
- Higher resolution and larger display expected on U11 Plus
- LCD reported for both
The HTC U11 comes with a 5.5-inch display featuring a standard 16:9 aspect ratio and a 2560 x 1440 resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 534ppi. There’s a Super LCD 5 panel running the show, which is protected by 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
The HTC U11 Plus on the other hand, is expected to switch the display to an 18:9 aspect ratio screen instead, as we mentioned above. This is also likely to be protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
It’s been rumoured the display on the Plus will sit at 5.99-inches with a 2880 x 1440 resolution, which is the same as we have seen in the Google Pixel 2 XL and the LG V30, offering a 538ppi. Both LG and Google use OLED over LCD but it is not yet clear if HTC will do the same – we suspect not.
HTC U11 Plus vs HTC U11: Camera
- Same singular rear camera expected on both
- U11 Plus rumoured to have different front camera
Despite the trend for dual cameras, something HTC did years ago, the HTC U11 has a single 12-megapixel sensor on the rear with a f/1.7 aperture. It offers optical image stabilisation, UltraSpeed Autofocus, a dual-LED flash and it is capable of 4K video recording.
The front-facing camera is a 16-megapixel sensor with an aperture of f/2.0 and it is capable of Full HD video recording. There is no OIS on the front, as there is with the HTC 10 and there is no autofocus either.
Rumours claim the HTC U11 Plus will also come with a single lens rear camera, suggesting it will be the same as the HTC U11. That’s ok though because the U11’s rear camera delivers great results. The front camera might see a change however, with reports of an 8-megapixel snapper coming to the new device.
HTC U11 Plus vs HTC U11: Hardware and software
- Both expected to have Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
- 64GB/4GB RAM or 128GB/6GB RAM expected for both
- U11 Plus rumoured to come with larger battery
The HTC U11 runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform, supported by either 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage or 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, depending on the model. Both offer microSD for storage expansion and they both support Flex Storage, allowing users to combine the internal storage and memory card storage.
There is a 3000mAh battery capacity under the hood, with Quick Charge 3.0 supported, and as we mentioned previously, the HTC U11 has HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition speakers and no 3.5mm headphone jack.
The HTC U11 Plus is expected to run on the same SD835 platform as the U11, along with the same storage and RAM options, with support for microSD again. The battery capacity is reported to be increasing to 3930mAh however, with Quick Charge 3.0 supported again.
The HTC U11 launched on Android 7.1 with HTC Sense over the top. Android Oreo will be coming to the U11 in Q4 of this year. It is not yet clear it the U11 Plus will launch on Android Oreo with Sense or Android Nougat with Sense, but either way, expect a similar experience between these two devices.
HTC U11 Plus vs HTC U11: Conclusion
Based on the rumours, the biggest difference between the HTC U11 and the HTC U11 Plus will be the display, with the U11 Plus opting for the bezel-free look and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor compared to the more standard design of the U11.
If a translucent option appears for the U11 Plus, this will certainly make the design another striking one, and a larger battery would also be a great rumour to see come to light too. For now, nothing is confirmed, but we will update this feature as soon as we hear more.