The rumour mill for the HTC U11 Plus has been heating up over the past few days. The device’s existence was first reported back in September, when it was rumoured for a launch in November. In the past few days we have seen HTC confirm that it is holding an event in Taiwan on November 2, where the U11 Plus (and its budget cousin, the U11 Life Android One smartphone) will likely be announced. We have then seen the device visit TENAA, where we first got to see a glimpse of its 18:9 display and overall front design.
Now, in a major escalation of leaks, renowned mobile reporter Evan Blass has leaked most of the specifications of the U11 Plus. Evan’s leaks have been correct in the past, and they corroborate the specifications shown in TENAA and some previous leaks, so this should be the final spec sheet for the device, which will be a mid-cycle refresh of the HTC U11.
The HTC U11 Plus will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with the Adreno 540 GPU. It will be available in two variants: 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. It is unknown whether the higher-end variant will be available in all international markets. Both variants will have a microSDXC card slot.
The U11 Plus will have a 6-inch WQHD+ (2880×1440) LCD panel with 538 PPI. This is definitely interesting because it shows that HTC has chosen to forgo OLED displays for the second time in 2017. Considering some of the issues seen with LG’s P-OLED displays in the V30 and the Google Pixel 2 XL, as well as the scarcity of supply of Samsung’s AMOLED displays, HTC may have decided that sticking with LCD would be a viable strategy for another generation.
In terms of the rear camera, the U11 Plus will have a 12MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture and Dual LED flash. The camera module will likely be same as the U11. The front facing camera will have 8MP resolution.
The most interesting specification of the U11 Plus is definitely the battery size, which, at 3,930mAh, is one of the largest battery capacities we have seen for a flagship smartphone in 2017, coming up only slightly below Huawei’s 4,000mAh batteries on the upcoming Mate 10 series. This is an absolutely huge 31% increase in battery capacity over the 3,000mAh battery of the U11. Combined with the power efficiency of the 10nm Snapdragon 835, this should result in excellent battery life, especially as the U11 was no slouch in this respect.
The device will support Qualcomm Quick Charging 3.0 and have an IP rating of IP68, meaning the phone will have a greater degree of water resistance as compared to the Pixel 2 XL. Finally, Edge Sense and BoomSound speakers are expected to be present on the device.
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Source: Evan Blass