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HTC U11 Plus announced: This is the HTC device we’ve been waiting for

by Brandon Russell | November 2, 2017November 2, 2017 12:02 am PST

Ever since the HTC U11 was announced, fans have had one request: Release the same phone with a bezel-less display. HTC has responded in kind by introducing the HTC U11 Plus, a handset the company playfully says features “more fun squeezed” into a more powerful device. And it still retains that wonderful liquid surface design.

What stands out about the HTC U11 Plus is its 6-inch Super LCD QHD+ display, which spans nearly the entire device, similar to what we’ve seen from the Galaxy S8 and LG V30. Why HTC didn’t just make this device the U11 from the get-go is anyone’s guess, but it’s here now and looks pretty amazing.

Other specs include the same great 12-megapixel camera (with 1.4μm pixels), Snapdragon 835 chip, up to 6GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB of expandable storage, IP68 water and dust resistance, HTC BoomSound, Edge Sense support, and a 3930mAh battery.

What’s great is HTC will allow users to fully customize Edge Sense to launch their favorite app, whether it be Google Maps, Assistant, or Spotify. That’s more than you can say for the Pixel 2, which has a squeeze feature that’s restricted to launching Google Assistant.

Out of the box, the U11 Plus launches with Android 8.0 Oreo and HTC Sense, along with support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa (where supported). Launching with Android 8.0 is a pretty big deal because it means users won’t have to wait around to try the latest version of Android.

Sounds amazing, right? Unfortunately, the HTC U11 Plus is only launching overseas, which means folks in the U.S. will miss out on what looks like a great device. In a briefing with HTC, the company said it felt the U11 Plus would be more successful in international markets. It also told us it didn’t want U11 owners to already feel like their phone is outdated.

The U11 Plus will be available in a translucent black, ceramic black, and amazing silver. It will launch in select markets across Europe and Asia, with availability coming first to Taiwan at the end of November.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.