After launching the U11 earlier this year, HTC is all set to launch its next premium smartphone. The company has reportedly sent out media invites for a launch event in Taipei, scheduled for November 2. If the rumors are anything to go by, this upcoming smartphone could be the U11 Plus.
The invite shared by ITHome mentions the date and country of launch, and also features the letter ‘U’. It is all but clear that the upcoming smartphone will be a part of HTC’s premium U-series. Recently, there have been a few rumors around the successor to the U11, which could potentially be called the U11 Plus.
Based on what we have come across so far, the U11 Plus is likely to feature a largely similar design as well as the highlight Edge Sense feature. The one difference, however, will be upfront, where HTC is likely to opt for an edge-to-edge display with 18:9 aspect ratio. Buyers are likely to get a choice of two colors – Brilliant Black and Amazing Silver.
HTC U11 Plus specifications, features
As for the specifications, rumors hint at a 5.99-inch display with Quad HD+ (1440×2880 pixels) resolution. Under the hood is likely to be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC paired with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. Storage options could include 64GB and 128GB.
The rest of the rumored features include a 12-megapixel rear camera with OIS, UltraSpeed auto-focus, and f/1.7 aperture. Up front, there is likely to be an 8-megapixel selfie camera. Considering, the U11 is set to get Android Oreo update soon, the U11 Plus could potentially run on the latest Android OS out-of-the-box.
The HTC U11 was launched in India back in June with a price tag of Rs 51,990. It features a 5.5-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB of RAM, and 128GB of expandable internal storage. It also comes with a 12-megapixel rear camera, 16-megapixel front-facing camera, 3,000mAh battery, and IP57 certification that makes it resistant to water and dust. DON’T MISS: HTC U11 review: Utopia in the making
Interestingly, lately, there have been rumors about another HTC smartphone called the U11 Life. This smartphone is expected to be a part of Google’s Android One program. In other words, it means that the smartphone will run on stock Android OS.
The HTC U11 Life is rumored to feature a 5.2-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 630 SoC, 3GB and 4GB RAM options, along with 32GB and 64GB storage options. The rest of the rumored features include 16-megapixel cameras on the front and back, 2,600mAh battery, IP67 certification, and Edge Sense.
Despite having been acquired by Google, HTC is clearly not giving up on its smartphone business. This was made clear during the acquisition announcement when Cher Wang, Chairwoman and CEO of HTC said that the company is ‘actively preparing’ for its next flagship device launch.