HTC’s mobile division isn’t dead. Although Google is buying the team that developed the Pixel, the Taiwanese company will continue making phones. HTC actually confirmed a successor to the U11 when the $1.1 billion deal with Google was confirmed, and then a leak revealed the phone known internally as Ocean Master was being prepared for a release in 2017.
Now we’re getting a potential look at the company’s second 2017 flagship, which will likely be sold as the HTC U11 Plus.
The U11 Plus, based on the leaked render provided today, shows that HTC will embrace an edge-to-edge display similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6 as well as other phones. That fixes one of the biggest complaints critics and consumers had about the U11. HTC’s first 2017 flagship had large bezels, but this phone appears to really slim them down.
Outside of the somewhat bezel-less front, the phone closely resembles its sibling.
HTC’s second 2017 flagship should have high-end specifications in addition to a design on the same level as the competition. The U11 Plus is said to ship with a 5.99-inch Quad HD+ (2880×1440) display with 18:9 aspect ratio, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of internal storage, a 12MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera, a USB-C port, Edge Sense, and Android 8.0 Oreo with HTC Sense. If the U11 disappointed you earlier in the year, the U11 Plus will certainly impress.
When should you expect the U11 Plus to be official? Not very soon, unfortunately. HTC is expected to launch the phone in November.