HTC U11+ review: The best phone you can't buy

The quick take

HTC's new 6-inch phone takes everything we loved about the U11 and augments it with a more up-to-date design, the latest Android software, and a huge battery.

The Good

  • Beautiful glass chassis
  • Fast, up-to-date software
  • Solid camera performance
  • Dependable battery life, even with heavy use

The Bad

  • Incredibly slippery
  • Display lacks the brightness and punch of competitors
  • Design not as svelte as rivals

HTC U11+ Full Review

It's become something of a sad cliche to preface an HTC review with a refresher of the company's current monetary woes, contrasting what have generally been quality products with what has generally been a grim financial performance. Sure, HTC as a company has indeed seen better days, but it still knows how to make great Android phones, as evidenced by the quality of devices like the U11.

Now, as the year draws to a close, there's a new model on the horizon — at least for some of us. The HTC U11+ boasts a larger, taller screen, a souped-up battery, and Android Oreo out of the box. The U11+ won't be launching in the United States, possibly due to lack of carrier interest, possibly thanks to the woeful performance of the U Ultra just nine months ago. In the UK, it's being sold only through HTC's website, with none of the major networks or high street retailers picking up the device. And it's a shame to see such a limited release, because this is a really good phone — perhaps the most competitive HTC handset since the days of the M7 and M8.

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About this review

We're publishing this review after twelve days with an unlocked Asia-model HTC U11+ (2Q4D100). I (Alex Dobie) used the U11+ primarily in Taipei, Taiwan in dual-SIM mode, with a Taiwan Mobile SIM and an EE (UK) SIM roaming on Chunghwa Telecom. I also used it in single-SIM mode (with the TWM SIM only) for two days during this time, in order to judge any performance or battery life differences without the second SIM.

The phone was running software version 1.05.709.12, based on Android 8.0 Oreo, with the October 1, 2017 Android security patch.

HTC U11+ Video Review

Liquid surface

HTC U11+ Hardware

For the HTC faithful, the most notable change in the U11+ is its move to a taller aspect ratio, and with it, a welcome reduction in screen bezels. With its latest flagship, HTC finally joins the 18:9 club, with a display more in keeping with current flagship trends. The front face of the device isn't exactly bezelless — there's still both a forehead and chin to be seen here — but the borders have been trimmed down significantly from older HTC offerings, like the decidedly bezelly (non-Plus) U11. Accordingly, from the front, it no longer looks anywhere near as dated as its forerunners. Were it actually being sold in carrier stores in the West, it wouldn't look entirely out of place alongside a Galaxy S8 or Pixel 2 XL.

Of course, this is still an HTC U phone, and fittingly there's a gorgeous "liquid surface" curved glass panel around the back of the U11+, which is every bit as eye-catching as the other models in this series. This isn't just any old Gorilla Glass 5 panel — HTC uses multiple layers of the substance to give the rear of the U11+ a unique shimmer. I've been using the black version, which has more of a reflective gunmetal finish than the pitch black you might find around the back of a Samsung phone. There's also a blue model, which is more or less identical to the blue U11, and really unique translucent color option that won't be on sale in Europe until 2018.

HTC finally joins the 18:9 club.

HTC has changed more than just the dimensions in its latest phone. There are redesigned brushed aluminum side walls too, which are reminiscent of the old HTC 10, and as a result more angular, and a little easier to hold onto. Despite these design tweaks, this is still a supremely slippery phone. Between the 6-inch display diagonal and the very slick finish of the glass back, you may well want to take advantage of the protective case bundled in the box. And like all glass-backed phones, hairline scratches on the rear of the U11+ are basically an inevitability if you go without any sort of protection.

Incidentally, the taller screen means the fingerprint scanner now lives around the back of the phone, just below the single rear camera, and HTC has also reintroduced on-screen keys to its Android UI. For me, both are welcome changes.

There's a fair amount of heft to the U11+, in terms of both size and weight, but I don't really mind that. The phone feels solid and well-made, and a little more grown-up than the regular U11, which was trying a little too hard to be curvy. Unlike just about every other HTC phone, these extra-large proportions are filled out by an extra-large battery. Personally, I'm absolutely fine carrying a less svelte handset if it means I also get a gigantic battery.

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The extra heft of the U11+ is filled out by an extra-large battery.

The front of the U11+ is featureless except for the earpiece, and a 6-inch SuperLCD 6 display at 2880x1440 resolution. (SuperLCD, like SuperAMOLED, is largely a meaningless marketing term; the "6" just signifies that HTC feels this screen is a generation above that of the regular U11's SuperLCD 5.) These 6-inch, 18:9 panels are increasingly becoming the new normal — the industry seems to be settling on this size as the new go-to standard for larger Android phones, and that's great. It works well on the U11+ just like it does on the Pixel 2 or LG V30 — though with significantly more heft than the LG phone. The panel itself is attractive, if not spectacular. It lacks the awesome daylight visibility of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and the punch of OLED in general, but on the whole, it looks good — there are no glaring issues here. The panel is tuned to DCI-P3 by default, but you can monkey with colors in the settings, including tweaking white balance and switching to sRGB mode for more accurate color reproduction.

More: HTC U11+ specs

Under the hood, HTC takes the core specs of the U11+ and layers on a few key upgrades, which means this is another rock-solid Android phone running Qualcomm's proven Snapdragon 835 platform. In the UK, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is the standard loadout — in some other places, like Taiwan, there's a 4GB-plus-64GB version as well. (As mentioned above, I've been using the 6+128 version.) The battery jumps to a whopping 3,930mAh, putting it in the same league as the Huawei Mate 10, at least in terms of the numbers. (More on that later.) And the water resistance spec steps up to IP68 from the U11's IP67. Other specs are unchanged — Snapdragon 835, microSD expandability and Quick Charge 3, but no wireless charging.

There's still no headphone jack to be found, which I hate having to deal with in every phone that omits it. But alongside the standard 3.5mm dongle, HTC does include its pretty great USonic noise-canceling earbuds in the box, which impressively dampen background noise whether you're walking down the street, on a busy train carriage, or dealing with turbulence on a long-haul flight. Compared to some manufacturers, I at least feel like there's a decent trade-off for HTC's omission of the increasingly rare 3.5mm jack.

When you're not using earbuds, a U11-style BoomSound Hi-Fi setup, combining the earpiece speaker and a bottom firing woofer, provides about the very best on-device playback outside of the few phones that offer front-facing speakers. Audio quality is about on par with the U11 — reasonably loud, but sometimes lacking in bass. That's fine overall, though perhaps slightly disappointing for some — I do feel like there's probably room for front speakers in this design, particularly given the size of the top and bottom bezels.

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Freshly-baked cookies

HTC U11+ Software

New phones shipping with Oreo are still relatively few and far between, so it's great to see the HTC U11+ arriving with Android 8.0 out of the box. HTC's Sense customisations are still around too, and look mostly the same as on the U11 — as Android "skins" go, this remains a relatively light touch, with most of the underlying design direction appearing to have come from Google.

The most obvious change from earlier Sense versions can be seen on the home screen. New "squircle"-style icons (which I can take or leave) borrow a few visual cues from Samsung's current phones. Other core HTC Sense features remain largely unchanged from the U11. BlinkFeed fills the leftmost home screen panel with news and social updates. And the Sense Home launcher inherits a couple of fashionable features from other phones, letting you swipe up for the app drawer, or down for notifications. (Bafflingly, though, there's no option to swipe the fingerprint scanner to bring down the notification shade.)

HTC's UI combines mostly stock Oreo with one or two differentiating software tricks.

These few changes don't do much to alleviate the general staleness of Sense, however. Many Sense apps haven't changed in years, whether it's the Dialer and Messages apps unchanged from the 2015's One M9, or the weather animations that date all the way back to 2011's Sensation. The combination of Sense-plus-Oreo looks fine and is perfectly pleasant to use, with pastel colors, light accents, and clean lines. But this is far from the overhaul that I think HTC's UI really needs.

HTC has at least built out its squeezy 'Edge Sense' capabilities — the function introduced in the U11, which lets you perform certain actions by squeezing the sides of the phone. More actions in specific apps are now supported, including Google Calendar, Facebook, Instagram and Google Photos. And there's also a way to map specific functions of other apps to a squeeze as well, through a kind of recording function, which tells Android to simulate a tap in a certain area when you squeeze in a particular app. This feels a little clumsy, particularly because it creates complications when you're in landscape mode, but overall it works well enough.

HTC U11+

The new Edge Launcher feature is another Edge Sense addition. Similar to Samsung's Edge Panels, it gives you a couple of wheels of shortcuts, alongside a quick calendar view. Wheels of shortcuts — either apps or quick settings — can be realigned to either edge, accommodating both right-handed users and lefties.

Personally, I've found Edge Sense works pretty well as a quick camera shortcut — it's really helpful to not have to fumble around and double-tap that power button. But I've mostly ignored all the other stuff it can do. In other apps, it's usually easier to just tap the screen, as opposed to adjusting your grip and clumsily squeezing. (I've also noticed fewer instances of blurry shots when I do use Edge Sense to take a photo — the software will wait a second to make sure everything's stable before shooting, which is a welcome improvement from the U11.)

More than nine months on, HTC Sense Companion still isn't anywhere near useful.

At the same time, Sense Companion, which was useless on the U Ultra and useless on the U11, is just as much of a waste of space on the U11+. HTC's on-device AI thing didn't show me a single useful piece of information in a week or so of use. And any utility it might offer is undone by occasional crazy suggestions, like telling me to wake up early for a co-worker's doctor's appointment on another continent, or telling me tomorrow's weather in my home country while I'm traveling overseas. It's tripped up way too often by travel, or shared Google calendars, and should either be given the engineering work it sorely needs, or be scrapped entirely.

HTC's software still has the fundamentals down, though. It's insanely fast — every bit as performant as Google's Pixel phones — and doesn't add too much cruft on top of stock Android. To me, that speed and clarity are worth the one or two superfluous features that I can easily disable.

A few additional software nuggets:

  • HTC Boost+, the company's dubious performance-boosting app, now appears to come with adds enabled by default on the U11+. Not great.
  • HTC's touch response continues to rank among the best on any Android phone.
  • The hacked Google Pixel 2 HDR+ camera app works great on the U11+, about matching the performance of Google's handsets in the challenging situations where it shows.
  • ... But of course as we'll get to later, HTC's own camera app also does a fantastic job on this phone.

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Lots of juice

HTC U11+ Battery Life

The U11+ boasts the kind of battery capacity which basically guarantees you solid longevity. And in its latest phone, HTC takes advantage of an almost 4,000mAh cell ensure a full day between charges, even with heavy use. The only time I needed an evening re-charge was in dual-SIM mode, using the phone continually for YouTube streaming over LTE, occasional music playback and social networking, and a few hours of 4G tethering. With lighter use, you'll manage a day and a half with ease. This isn't really a two-day phone, though. I still feel like Huawei's Mate 10 Pro gets slightly more mileage from a similar sized battery, possibly due to software tuning, or its use of a lower-res OLED display.

I should also point out that I noticed higher than average standby power draw in dual-SIM mode — noticeably more than with other Snapdragon 835 phones. It's possible this was due to the quirks of roaming on a UK SIM on a Taiwanese network. Using the phone in single-SIM mode, with just a Taiwan Mobile SIM installed, produced standby times more in line with dual-SIM contemporaries like the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and OnePlus 5T.

Unsurprisingly, it's really hard to kill off the U11+'s almost 4,000mAh cell in under a day.

When I was really pushing the U11+ in dual-SIM mode, I'd get between 18 and 19 hours per charge, with screen-on times between four and seven hours. As always, it depends on what you're doing.

In any case, if you're caught short, HTC still offers both regular and extreme power-saving modes, the former of which saved my bacon on one occasion, while out recording video after a long day of general use.

When it's time to recharge, the bundled Quick Charge 3 brick will quickly bring you out of the danger zone if you forget to charge overnight, and the phone also supports quick charging over USB-PD. Charging speeds aren't quite up to the level of OnePlus's Dash Charge or Huawei's SuperCharge, but you'll still be able to pull enough power to see you through the day in the time it takes to take a shower and eat a quick breakfast.

HTC U11+

HDR Boost, boosted

HTC U11+ Cameras

The U11+'s main camera packs the exact same hardware found on the standard model — a 12-megapixel Sony sensor with 1.4-micron pixels, and optical stabilization, behind an f/1.7 lens. And like the regular U11, the Plus leans heavily on HTC's HDR Boost technology, which helps it capture more color detail in night shots, and gather more dynamic range from most scenes in general. This is basically, HTC's answer to Google's HDR+ cameras.

Fittingly, HTC's HDR Boost-equipped camera the closest I've seen another manufacturer come to matching the HDR+ features of the Pixel 2. Google is still unchallenged when it comes to noise reduction and extreme low-light photography, thanks to that computational edge. (Google's Panorama mode is also infinitely superior to HTC's, for what that's worth.) Nevertheless, the U11+ is a very close competitor, and for my money, it's essentially a coin toss between the U11+ and the Huawei Mate 10 for the number-two spot.

HTC U11+

Basically, this is the U11's camera with slightly upgraded software.

As a particular point of strength, HTC's camera is superb at pulling lots of color out of night scenes, and pulling more dynamic range out of challenging light in general. And unlike the early days of the U11, the camera no longer tends towards over-exposing darker scenes quite so much. HDR Boost also seems a little quicker than I remember it being on the U11, possibly thanks to software enhancement, or the extra couple gigs of RAM compared to the 4GB U11 I was using earlier in the year.

And although at first I made fun of HTC's ability to take photos with a squeeze of the bezel, I was actually able to capture few unique angles with HTC's squeezy shutter shortcut — shots that would've been almost impossible to capture while reaching for the on-screen shutter key. (See the shot of the cat in the gallery below.)

In every other way, this setup is identical to the camera of the U11. The main thing you don't get here that many competing phones do offer is portrait mode, which may or may not be a big deal for you. Personally, I can live without it. But in the coming year, expect this to become a table-stakes feature for all high-end phone cameras.

HTC U11+

Around the front, an 8-megapixel camera and f/2.0 lens aims to up the U11+'s selfie game, particularly in darker conditions. I've found the results closely match the very similar setup used in the Google Pixel 2, though obviously without that phone's front-facing portrait mode option. Once again, in selfie mode, the U11+'s squeezy shutter shortcut comes into play, allowing for easier captures when contorting your thumb towards the on-screen controls isn't an option.

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The bottom line

Should you buy the HTC U11+? Yes, if you can

The U11+ is almost certainly the flagship HTC should've released six months ago. This phone looks more modern than the regular U11 — and with a bigger battery, higher specs, a sharper design and more fleshed-out Edge Sense options it's way more competitive in the market in general. In the UK, its 699-pound price point — or 629 if you can find it on sale — makes it comfortably more affordable than the Pixel 2 XL, and a genuine competitor to the more widely-ranged Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

The worst thing you can say about the U11+ is that it's yet another excellent phone in a year overflowing with great new Android handsets. It's tough to stand out, and the U11+'s true differentiating features — battery life, software quality and day-to-day performance — don't make for an easy sell.

This is the phone HTC should've released six months ago.

Nevertheless, the U11+ makes the strongest case yet for HTC's continued presence in the smartphone market. For the first time in a while, I feel like HTC kinda has its mojo back — at least on the product side.

Availability is another question altogether, though. If you're in the UK, the only place to buy a U11+ is direct from HTC, and in the U.S., there are no launch plans at all. For that reason, it's unlikely this phone will do much to move the needle for the company.

But assuming you can buy it, the U11+ is a top-notch Oreo-powered flagship with solid construction, a beautiful glass design whether you go mirrored or translucent, and differentiation through clean software, a fantastic camera and dependable battery life. It might not be as exciting as a Note 8 or a Pixel 2 XL, but it's just as worthy of your attention, and your money.

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Alex Dobie
Executive Editor

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • Only 300 nits of brightness, YIKES. That is shocking. Plus the battery at 3960mamp in all the reviews I've read, not so good. And no carrier support in the US. Wow, what is so wrong with HTC & lack of marketing? How do you sell a product without getting it in the hands of consumer's, oh boy!
  • Google probably told them they can't sell it in the USA, because it was meant to be the Pixel 2 XL, and it's better than the Pixel 2 XL.
  • Hey, that's _my_ theory!
  • Nonsense, people with the U11 and U11+ have already compared both screens which are similar in brightness (the U11 can hit 550nits in overdrive mode or 450 in manual brightness). Plenty of reviews on YouTube also show that the battery is amazing.
  • Even the GSMArena reviewer who came up with those numbers suspects a bad device, and when he showed the U11+ screen to other people, they thought it was brighter than the average phone. Something is clearly amiss, and GSMArena says they will retest with another unit if they can get one (or check their testing methods). Even HTC expressed their displeasure at that one test, and other reviewers had no such issue.
  • My SGS8+ is very stuttery, the camera takes ages to launch and makes me miss moments and/or shoots them blurry when I smash the shutter button. What replacement do y'all recommend ? HTC U11+ or Mate 10 Pro ?
  • If you are outside the US, get the u11 plus. If you are inside the US, grab a 128 GB Pixel XL. Not the 2 XL.
  • You probably can't go wrong with the HTC U11+, Mate 10 Pro or the OP5T. I don't know why you're having those problems with the S8+, though. My son has one and it's very smooth, and camera launches instantly. He used to have an S7 Edge, and he was amazed at how fast the camera opened when I showed him the quick way to launch it. I used to have problems with my Note4 focusing under several conditions (mainly close-up pictures of things like checks), but I don't know about the S8+.
  • I don't know either the issue or else I would've solved it. I've been rooting and flashing my androids since the Xperia X10 and the HTC Desire, but I haven't touched the SGS8+ since I can't find people with the same issue as me in forums and such. Typically, I have an app open like Facebook, Feedly or Chrome, a GSM call comes in, phone screen either goes black or freezes, five seconds later it displays the Accept/ Deny call screen. Same if I launch the camera with a double press on the Power button from inside another app. Camera app opens, viewfinder is black and when it comes on and I start moving the view around, it's not fluid but the image on the viewfinder lags and stutters for a few seconds. It's like the phone struggles with not enough RAM and the 5-second delay is required to flush apps from memory and allocate it to what's been newly opened.
  • Sounds like you got a lemon.
  • I just did a clean install, wiped everything from inside recovery and kept 14 core system apps that can't be uninstalled. Phone shows 1Gb RAM available out of 4Gb, which is really horrible and kinda explains why it all lags.
  • That sounds like your phone needs Cache wipe ora a full reset, S8's don't generally have that problem.
  • I've done 3 factory resets since I bought it... I'm getting kinda tired of this sh...
  • Like I said, it's probably a lemon. I'd get it replaced if you can. If not, get another phone.
  • Been using the U11 and planning to upgrade to this beast!... This phones going to be underrated but actually it's a great device!
  • Does someone really think that updating its flagship twice a year with nearly the same specs and with limited availability will work for HTC?!
  • Again, it was supposed to be the Pixel 2 XL. They probably had it 70% finished when they got the news Google was going with LG. Why not finish it, add their own touches, and sell it?
  • Ok in that particular case it makes sense :) It wasn’t written in the review
  • he's pulling things out of the sky. if you would have said the sky is orange, he would have said, "ya the pixel has an orange button and its still junk..... "
    literally anything can be a negative and tied to pixel 2 in some crazy ass way when it comes to this dude..
    again, he doesn't Know anything. this is just a theory he baked up in his head, sounded legit to him and now it's the absolute truth (to him) ...
  • If this was supposed to be the Pixel 2 XL then why the lack of carrier bands for the US?
  • I like the title of this review. The best phone you can't buy. Or the best phone no one is buying. What has happened HTC, you were the STAR of the android world once. Your still making very good phones but alas were not buying them. Absolutely no marketing or carrier distribution. Who is running this outfit? Yes, the founder & CEO Cher Wanger. Where are her brains out in left field? The 11 & plus are good enough to compete with Samsung & Apple, so what's the problem. I'm saying this one last time if you can't get these very good phones in the hands of consumer's the U12 will definitely be your last phone. You have had 10 losing quarters, so what's next?
  • To me this phones sounds very exciting. It brings things like good battery and camera together with a nice screen. I use sRGB (Basic mode) on my S8 anyway, I don't like the short punchy colours, so this sounds just fine. And I don't use phone outside to much.
  • What the heck is up with all the phones being made of glass? its bad enough you cant get a screen that wont scratch or break even though its gorilla glass ya right a scam a scam a government plot for sure, lol. I guess they all think you will drop and break the phone so you will then just get a new one, glass is crap
  • It's for looks. But I'd prefer ceramic or plastic.
  • Yes, it's for looks, but something AC missed is that the U11 series sticks to you skin. It's far easier to hold onto than my M8 or iPhone 7. After people b1tched about the M9 being the same as the M8, and the HTC 10 being too industrial, HTC had to come with something stunning, and they did. Mine has been dropped about 7 or 8 times, and is still unbroken, but all it takes is one unfortunate hit the wrong way for almost any phone with glass. I don't mind a quality plastic body, but I loathe plastic screens!
  • Wireless charging and superior radio reception.
    That said, I believe that only Samsung has a real justification for glass backs since they offer wireless charging and MST doesn't work through metal, so it needs to be glass for S-Pay. Most OEM's these days don't even have wireless charging on their glass phones, it's almost entirely for looks now.
  • I love my BlackBerry Black KeyOne solid like a tank
  • Manufactures NEED to start using global LTE chipset, and stop worrying about carrier interest. It's a customer who is either interested in a phone or not. I always purchase my own device. I bring my own phone to a carrier. IF the U11+ had a global LTE chipset, I could buy the phone and use it here in the US on T-Mobile. With a global LTE chipset, every device could be used globally by anyone. Why do they have to make things complicated.
  • Carriers are the manufacturers customers. Just like physicians are customers at the hospital. Carriers and physicians bring people. Without them, you have no consumers.
  • I’m thinking of how it would be like if Muskie (what ended up being this phone) ended up as the 2 XL rather than what we have now. This is a dang good phone though. Too bad we have to import it.
  • I cant download whatsapp the updated version it wont let me thru 2nd veryfication code
  • This is why a lot of people buy iPhones. Apps that have problems on Android generally work on iPhones, and work better.
  • This is so HTC, a great phone you can't buy. I often wonder if they do this on purpose. Or how do they stay in business. Must be the 1 billion dollar infusion! Thank God for Google!
  • I hope the U12 won't be quite as tall. And I'd love it if HTC places the fingerprint sensor in front on the thin bottom bezel, like Huawei.
  • Google should have let HTC manufacture the 2 XL and the 2. Cause LG really f-ed up the 2 XL with that crap screen.
  • For you who would like the U11+ phone. You can find it on Wonda Mobile, they ship to the US.
  • If I buy an unlocked u11+, it'll work with my T-Mobile sim here in the USA? I'm considering buying it from Wonda Mobile!
  • Not worth it for many folks. It only has LTE bands 4 and 12. It's missing band 2, as well as their 2 newer bands.
  • I'm thinking the U12 may be the device to upgrade to for us #TeamHTC fam. I like my 10 and all but, I hope the next flagship HTC device will have HTC to be the 'must buy' device in the States 😁👍 Samsung who ... LoL 😎
  • I'm a big HTC fan; 3 of my last 4 phones have been HTC's (DNA, M7, 10). Although I love my 10 and it has been serving yoeman's duty, I've been getting the itch (I average a phone every 16 months or so). The U11 by all reports does not play too well with Verizon, so I couldn't seriously consider it. I was excited about the U11+ rumors, and it ticks my boxes: big battery, great camera, good sound, smooth performance...but it's NOT AVAILABLE IN THE U.S.! Here I was, ready to upgrade...with no HTC to upgrade to due to their bizarre marketing decisions. So: I went over to what I consider the Android Dark Side - I went out and got a Samsung Galaxy S8+. Lost me, HTC.
  • I've owned every HTC since Raphael, except h9, until h11. Cannot tell you how disappointed I am that this phone, the 11+ is unavailable in USA. I've waited long enough for next decent HTC phone - I'll be joining you on 'dark side' next week. Too bad.
  • Same here. I've been wanting a large HTC phone for years now. I got tired of waiting and moved to a Nexus 6 after the M9. I thought this would finally get back into the HTC fold, as I LOVE their build quality. Nope, because HTC won't sell it here. This reminds me of the bad old Butterfly days.
  • KSDroid, I totally agree no US release. That's a very foolish decision on their part. Plus the US market is notorious for purchasing flagship models. Their probably still pissed what American carrier's did to the 10. Mad or not this is definitely a very big loss to HTC!
  • Interesting video comparing the HTC U11+ to the Pixel 2 XL.
  • Interesting video indeed. Out of all the photos in the comparison, I did not see a single Pixel photo I liked better.
  • HTC U11 Plus full specifications and compare with pixel at
  • The headline tells me all I need to know and I don't care.
  • Hahahaha. The joke's on you, rubes. Think about it -- a glass phone. A complete idiot came up with this idea. Had one, it immediately slipped off the table and broke. You'd have to be a total idiot to buy one after that lesson. I went back to a cheap Motorola G5S Plus and never looked back. It works great and it's 1/3 the price. You've been warned.
  • Isn't the iphone x mostly glass? People complain about not having wireless charging I'm not sure this phone does, but metal phones can't have wireless charging. So which is it? It can't be both. I do agree that this is bad decision making at HTC and Oneplus. When people realize that you're going to put out a better a phone in less than 6 months why would they buy the first one?
  • How to invalidate a purchase, releasing a "better" phone. Yes I know that this was supposed to be the Pixel 2 XL but still no excuse. You alienate potential new customers and kick sand to people who bought the og U11 (despite it having a snapdragon 835 and flagship camera) I love my solar red U11 but this may be my last HTC device one and HTC will go the way of Vertu or be a part of Huawei or Google. I don't like it when One plus do it so HTC shouldn't either. They need to realize that you are not Samsung or LG. You are HTC, a company that is low tier but have all the chance to become a big dog again.
  • This makes no sense. Does the Note 8 somehow invalidate the S8? SMH. Different phones targeted at different market segments.
  • He's right on this one. What's HTC's excuse for the U11 to have such a terrible looking front in the first place?
  • Note 8 targets a completely different category of user. It's a different physical size and it has a unique hardware differentiator.
    This is literally a U11 with less bezels and more battery. It's a device that should have come out along side or instead of the U11.
  • That's daft. U11 is 5.5 inches. U11+ is 6 inches. Galaxy S8 is smaller than S8+ which has a screen smaller than the Note. Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2.....follow? They're different devices aimed at different people. It is not the same as your OnePlus analogy which was a bad move by OnePlus as the 5 and 5t are more or less the same phone. If HTC was low tier you wouldn't have purchased yours.
  • They're virtually identically sized, except the U11 is ~.2 in taller. U11 just has shrunken bezels, the S8+ is bigger in every dimension.
  • You've lost me a bit there. Which phones are you comparing tomberto? I wasn't comparing the S8+ and the U11. The OP was complaining about about the release of the U11+ after the U11. They are different phones The standard U11 is 5.5 inches across the display. The U11+ is 6 inches. S8+ which wasn't part of the OP is 6.2 inches which is neither here nor there.
  • I was very interested in this phone. Great camera, huge battery and large storage hits most of my wants. I think I would have purchased it if it had been available in the US. Instead I got an LG G6+ Prime Exclusive. Nothing on the market was exciting enough to justify spending as much as most of the flagships cost.
  • I got mine from ebay and i just received it a week ago and man let me tell you the phone is totally worth it. I'm really really loving it. I'm having hard time put it down from my hand lol (not kidding, its actually that amazing)
    The design the look and he feel of the phone is amazing. Believe it or not this phone is way more exciting and fun to use than the iphone X. I would choose this choose this phone any time over the iphone. The came up with a good phone after a really long time and I'm totally loving it. THIS PHONE IS DEFINETLY A MUST HAVE PHONE GUYS
  • Guys i just got my HTC U11+ (SIlver) from ebay about a week ago. Ive been an hardcore iphone fan and have used Iphone X too. But I'd like to say that i disagree with the "THE BAD" of this phone . Literally the only thing bad is that its really slippery other than that there is no issue at all and that's not that big of an issue for me. The design the look and he feel of the phone is amazing. Believe it or not this phone is way more exciting and fun to use than the iphone X. I would choose this phone over iPhone X any time. They came up with a good phone after a really long time and I'm totally loving it. If you get a chance to get hands-on with this device you will know what I'm talking about. TAKE MY WORD FOR IT THIS PHONE IS A MUST HAVE PHONE! Totally worth it!
  • What about display brightness ?
  • This should have been sold in the U.S. I really do not like how smartphone manufacturers gimp their U.S. phones or do not sell us certain popular phones. HTC's U11 Life should have had 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. Same with the Moto X4,. In both cases, the U.S. received gimped versions of the U11 Life and the Moto X4. The international Z2 Force came with 6GB RAM/128GB storage. That would have made the initial asking price more palatable to audiences here. All we got was 4GB RAM/64GB storage. Honor is doing the same with us with the 7X only having 3GB RAM/32GB storage. Oh and the U.S. didn't get an option to even purchase the regular Mate 10, which most people would have preferred. Props to the U.S. market getting the Honor V10. Oh. The Lenovo P2 would have done wonderfully here, but it was not sold here. Smh. The U11+ is a phone that should have been sold in the U.S. It is a huge disappointment that it is not.
  • If the U11 had everything you listed, it wouldn't be a mid range device, Which it is.
  • Used a U11 + for a couple of months. The good : the battery life is epic. The U11 og was good, but this improves it by a lot. The camera doesn't auto expose at all and the HDR boost is wonderful. Good software experience. Bad : no solar red option(come on, it beautiful), no US availability (but works on Lte bands) also the front camera. It is a step down from the U11 og. I would strongly recommend it, since it has the 18:9 aspect ratio(overrated tbh)
  • Being an Aussie I'm glad that HTC released the U11+ down under.....its an amazing handset! I'not really an iPhone fane (have one a 6 as a work phone) and used to have the HTC one m7 which I loved.... (except for the camera) the HTU U11+ has an phenomenal camera and screen display and is soooo fast to use.... with great battery life.... I too feel disappointed that HTC supporters in the US don't have access to this fantastic Android phone...
  • Umm, the HTC U11+ isn't actually available anywhere in Australia to my knowledge. You can order from an online store but you won't find it in retail or carrier stores.
  • Edit: Sorry about reporting your comment. It was an accident and I couldn't undo it.
  • The camera on this U11+ is it mirroring the selfie image ?
    i hate mirrored images, e.g in live videomode, viber, snapchat, etc. it look stupid with mirrored logos, text etc..
  • HI all - im in Sweden & Denmark I cannot get the U11+ - not even from HTC DK or SE - HTC support is from Polan call/chat center, says it is currently NOT available. They say if i now buy a phone for 4399 Yuan (RMB) in China - i cannot use it in Nordic - what if i get a nordic HTC as i have had for last 15-19 years and as usual travel the globe with it - then i will not work in Shanghai or Nanjing ? I think this is a story they come up with to protect their diff prices globally. Can anyone here give me an others a guide to above.
  • Another comment to above testers and android central in generel: PLEASE BE MORE FOCUSED ON HOW PEOPLE USE AND WRITE ON THEIR TABLETS.
    O they do not have !!
    Why do you not test antenna reach - receive and sending facts - when you test new phones ! Is android central focused on payments from OEM's more that making corect tests ????
    I do not see tghe HTC Phone in any pictures on the huge long listings on frontpage of Android Central just writings about what others will bring - not what is already here with U11+
  • HTC, Huh, here in the US it's not handled by ANY carrier. How in the world can you have great sales if you can't get it in the hands of consumer's? Makes sense, huh!
  • I have to agree with the reviewer. This phone should have been released 6mos ago. Being released very late in 2017 and now having to deal with the s9 & the 845 processer. Consumer's I believe will wait for the 845 when investing this kind of money. They want the latest & greatest processer for the big bucks. Plus no carrier support here in the US. That's gotta hurt sales!