Following various leaks presenting renders and less-flattering photos of the unannounced HTC U11 Plus (or U11+), we can now see the smartphone in a hands-on video. Inadvertently published by Swiss publication Blick.
We can take a pretty good look at the HTC U11 Plus and its 6-inch, 1440 x 2880 pixels display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The new phone has thin bezels around its screen.
Meanwhile, there is still no headphone jack on the device pictured, so users will likely have to use Bluetooth, USB Type-C headphones, or a USB Type-C adapter on that front.
Suspected benchmarks for the device, as well as previous leaks, suggest it will arrive with the same Snapdragon 835 SoC since that is still the best chipset on the market. It is also expected to ship with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM, combined with 64GB and 128GB of storage, depending on the variant chosen.
One area that has reportedly been improved is in the size of the device’s battery. Where the HTC U11 only packed in a 3,000 mAh battery, the U11 Plus may arrive with a 4,000 mAh battery inside, if the most recent rumors are to be believed.
The U11 Plus also kept a single camera on both front and back and it is still encased in the attractive mineral-laden “Liquid Surface” of its predecessor.
Like its predecessor (U11), the HTC U11 Plus comes with Edge Sense, letting users squeeze its frames in order to perform various tasks. The hands-on video shows that HTC enhanced this feature, now providing more customization options.
Besides the high-end U11 Plus, the leaked video also showcases the mid-range HTC U11 Life – more exactly, its Android One version, which should have cleaner software compared to the model expected to be released in the US.
The HTC U11 Life will be available in a “Brilliant Black” color option and be priced at €369, one industry insider recently said. The black color adds to the blue and white variants of the handset that were reported earlier this month.
The source also claims that the aforementioned price tag will be attached to the variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal flash storage, with the cost itself translating to $429 at the current exchange rate.
It’s likely that HTC will also offer a variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage but there’s still no available information regarding the pricing and availability of that model.
However, everybody should know soon enough, since HTC is holding an event on November 2nd and its newest device is expected to be announced at that time.