Overview of the smartphone HTC U11+: bigger is better
HTC has not yet disclosed the statistics of sales of the latest flagship – U11, and, most likely, no records, he did not deliver. However, the press and bloggers met the new very warm. Colleagues liked the unusual design on the background of the endless attempts to copy the iPhone, all appreciated the built-in camera, as well as performance and sound. In Russia, however, everything else has been added and an adequate price: at the start of sales HTC U11 was cheaper than the flagships of Sony and Huawei, not to mention Samsung and Apple. However, in order to improve their financial situation and to regain lost ground in the market of a good smartphone is not enough – the HTC is well aware of. And in the end of last year, the company flagship, made two soul mates – HTC Life HTC U11 U11+. About the latter we will now speak.
Of course, this is not a new flagship and not a replacement of the original U11. The model with the index Plus – it’s only an alternative version with a larger screen and more capacious battery. Interestingly, the big screen has not led to a noticeable increase in the size of the case – if you don’t put two next smartphone, the difference in size can generally not be noticed. The fact that he fashioned an aspect ratio of 18:9. As a result, the smartphone has a thinner frame, fingerprint sensor at the back and other attributes of top smartphones late last year. But most importantly, the new smartphone is exactly the same as the original cost and U11 at the time of release. And if so, then we just couldn’t leave it without attention.
|HTC U11+||HTC U11||LG V30+||Apple iPhone X||Samsung Galaxy S8+|
|Screen||6 inch, IPS, 1440 × 2880 pixels, 538 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.5 inch, IPS, 1440 × 2560, 538 ppi, capacitive multitouch||6 inch, OLED, 1440 × 2880, 537 ppi, capacitive multitouch||5.8 inch, OLED,
1125 × 2436 pixels, 458 ppi, capacitive multitouch
|6.2 inch, AMOLED, 1440 × 2960, 529 ppi, capacitive multitouch|
|Safety glass||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||No data||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: eight cores (4 × Kryo, frequency 2.45 GHz and 4 × Kryo, frequency 1.9 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: eight cores (4 × Kryo, frequency 2.45 GHz and 4 × Kryo, frequency 1.9 GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: eight cores (4 × Kryo, frequency 2.45 GHz and 4 × Kryo, frequency 1.9 GHz)||Apple A11 Bionic six cores, frequency 2.39 GHz (2 × Moonsoon and 4 × Mistral)||Samsung Exynos 8895: eight cores (4 × M1, 2.5 GHz + 4 × Cortex-A53 frequency of 1.69 GHz)|
|Graphics controller||Adreno 540||Adreno 540||Adreno 530||No data||Mali-G71 MP20, 850 MHz|
|RAM||4/6 GB||4/6 GB||4 GB||3 GB||4 GB|
|Flash memory||64/128 GB||64/128 GB||128 GB||64/256 GB||64/128 GB|
|Connectors||1 × USB Type-C 3.1||1 × USB Type-C 3.1||1 × USB Type-C 3.1||1 × Lightning||1 × USB Type-C 3.1|
|1 × nanoSIM||1 × nanoSIM||1 × nanoSIM||1 × nanoSIM||1 × nanoSIM|
|1 × microSD/nanoSIM||1 × microSD/nanoSIM||1 × microSD/nanoSIM||1 × microSD/nanoSIM|
|1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm||1 × headset Jack 3.5 mm|
|Cell 2G connection||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz||GSM/GPRS/EDGE MHz 850/900/1700/1800/1900|
|3G cellular communications||UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz||UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz|
|Cellular 4G||LTE Cat. 15 (800/150 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 16 (1024/150 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 32, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 16 (1000 Mbps), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 17, 18, 19, 20, 28, 29, 38, 39, 40, 41||LTE Cat. 10 (450 Mbps) bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66||LTE Cat. 16 (1024 Mbit/s, 150 Mbit/s), ranges 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 17, 20, 28|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4/5 GHz|
|NFC||There||There||There||Yes (Apple Pay)||There|
|Navigation||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo|
|Sensors||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)||Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), Hall sensor|
|Fingerprint scanner||Is back||Is, from the front||Is back||No (instead, the face scanner FaceID)||Is back|
|The main camera||12 MP, f/1,7, autofocus, led flash, optical image stabilization||12 MP, f/1,7, autofocus, led flash, optical image stabilization||13 MP, f/1,6, autofocus, led flash; 16 MP, wide-angle 120 degree lens f/1,9||Dual camera: 12 MP, f/1,8 lens + wide angle lens 12 MP, f/2.4, autofocus, led flash, optical image stabilization||12 MP, f/1,7, phase detection autofocus, led flash, optical image stabilization|
|Front camera||8 MP, f/2.0, no flash||8 MP, f/2.0, no flash||5 MP, f/2.2, and without a flash||7 MP, f/2.2, and without a flash||8 MP, f/1,7, no flash|
|Food||Removable battery: 14.9 W⋅h (3930 mA⋅h, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 11.4 W⋅h (3000 mA * h, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 12.5 W⋅h (3300 mA * h, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: 10,32 W·h (2716 mAh, 3.8 V)||Removable battery: the 13.3 WH (3500 mAh, 3.8 V)|
|Size||158,5 × 74,9 × 8.5 mm||153,9 × 75,9 × 7.9 mm||151,7 × 75,4 × 7.3 mm||143,6 × 70,9 × 7.7 mm||159,5 × 73,4 × 8.1 mm|
|Weight||188 g||169 g||158 g||174 g||173 g|
|Protection from water and dust||Mean, standard IP68||There are, IP67||Mean, standard IP68||There are, IP67||Mean, standard IP68|
|Operating system||Android 8.0 Oreo, HTC Sense UI||Android 8.0 Oreo, HTC Sense UI||Android 7.1.2 Nougat||iOS 11||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Current price||44 990 rubles||39 990 rubles||59 990 rubles||79 990 rubles||54 990 rubles|
Appearance, ergonomics and software
Again, the best part of HTC U11+ is that when you increase the screen on half-inch diagonal overall dimensions practically did not change. The unit gained only half an inch in height and a millimeter in thickness and width at all “chudno” 1 millimeter. In this case the smartphone have increased the display and the frame around it, on the contrary, decreased. Due to such a modest facelift, he began to look more interesting and modern. It’s nice that unlike its competitors from mainland China, HTC is not trying to imitate neither Apple, nor Samsung, so that U11+ and still looks very original. But I admit that many people prefer a perfectly flat back surface and a brushed aluminum instead of glossy glass.
Another consequence of the reduction framework, a fingerprint scanner, moved from the bottom of the display on the rear panel under the camera. First, he became larger than it was in HTC U11, and, secondly, the design team was able to place it in the right place. Index finger – no matter whether you’re a righty or a Lefty – intuitively onto the sensor when you hold the phone with the screen towards you. But the likelihood that you accidentally touch the camera lens instead of the scanner of prints is equal to zero. A big Hello to Samsung Galaxy S8 and personally.
The only thing we could wish for is a built – in button under the scanner. However, this would complicate the implementation of protection against dust and moisture, and we see little progress compared to the original U11 (was compliance with the standard IP67, IP68). This means that the smartphone is not afraid of a half-hour dive under water to a depth of one meter.
The rear panel of the HTC U11+ solid coated multilayer glass. In this sense it is not different from the original U11 and U Ultra. It is pleasant to the touch and looks pretty darn cool when you first take the smartphone out of the box. Unfortunately, with daily use it quickly covered with fingerprints. As for color, while there are three versions: silver-blue, black and gray translucent. Latest style the most interesting, but like it is not all glass here are a few rayed, and seen the insides of a smartphone. But personally, I feel this blue color, which was at U11. However, it is hoped that this option will also be available, but later.
According to authorities, there was nothing unexpected: on the right is the dual volume button and power button, bottom middle is the USB port Type is Type-C, and to the right of him there was a speaker. The tray for SIM-card is located on top. It is a hybrid — the second nanoSIM, you can put the microSD drive. Again, we have to make a difficult choice between the second carrier card and memory expansion.
Despite the rather large case, HTC U11+ quite comfortable for typing. The smartphone does not need to shift in your hand: your thumb can reach the opposite side of the screen. But to reach the top area is already difficult, but HTC found a simple and elegant solution. Blind with the quick access toolbar can be pulled with a swipe though, from the middle of the display.
Smartphone right out of the box running Android 8.0 Oreo with a shell HTC Sense. For the convenience of the interface there are no problems: the logic works the same as with other Android smartphones. There is an AI assistant Sense Companion that remembers your scenario of a smartphone and gradually adapts to the user. But at this stage of development much use of such assistants are not.
Edge Sense, which was presented as the main highlight of the original HTC U11 a and U11+. The point is simple: the smartphone detects the compression of the side faces. The solution is interesting I can’t deny it. Moreover, by itself, the gesture is very natural. But somehow I couldn’t bring myself to use it – lack of standard buttons and standard gestures of Android. In the settings you can set the amount of pressure and I would immediately recommend to bet max, otherwise you can not avoid false positives. Plus, the compression can “hang” in almost any function, the default is to start the camera and release the shutter.
Display and sound
HTC still doesn’t want to (or can not?) go to the use of AMOLED screens. In the U11 used an IPS panel with a diagonal of 5.5 inches, but HTC U11+ – again, IPS-screen with a diagonal of 6 inches. Do not be confused by the instruction technology Super LCD6 is a marketing name of usual and well known type of matrix. Due to changes in aspect ratio increased the resolution was 1440 × 2560 pixels, was 1440 × 2880.
The new screen seems less bright than the previous, but, according to laboratory measurements, the difference is quite small. It seems that HTC is now using so I don’t have the algorithm adjust the brightness for the current lighting conditions. Of course, in the settings there is the usual option to turn on and off automatic brightness setting, but even if you set the max brightness manually, then the naked eye will notice that if you increase the brightness of the ambient light increases and the display brightness. This has an impact on the results of measurements with a colorimeter. The first result we got was extremely low even by the standards of smartphones for 6 thousand rubles, but re-froze in a lighter room allowed us to obtain a better result.
Is the maximum brightness of 439 CD/m2, contrast – 1355:1. This is a good performance for IPS-matrix, albeit not a record. Brightness have a 5.5-inch display HTC U11 was slightly higher and the contrast, on the contrary, below. The viewing angles are not changed – they are coming close to 180 degrees in all directions. However, if you look at the plane of the screen diagonally, you will notice a slight decrease in contrast. The colors are not distorted, does not appear yellow or green tint. In this respect, the HTC U11+ all right.
Color gamut is slightly offset relative to the reference space sRGB, but the rest of the display settings has no issues. The average gamma value of 2.06 is very good by smartphone standards. Color temperature traditionally exceeds the reference 6500 K, and ranges from 7000 to 8000 K. the average value is 7500 K. Well, the average DeltaE deviation for the extended color palette and shades of gray is 4.5 – here we see even a slight improvement compared to the original HTC U11.
In terms of sound and musical abilities U11+ is no different from U11. The first thing to keep in mind is the lack of 3.5 mm headphone Jack. The bundled headset plugs directly into the USB port-C, and with it, the box is the adapter. The main advantage of the bundled headset is that it is highly configurable embedded software. With headphones connected through the adapter, such tricks do not pass. So, this is called HTC USonic. It uses built-in headphone microphones to analyze the shape of the ear and selects the appropriate profile of EQ. I can’t say for sure what’s going on in the analysis process, but customized sound much different in a better way. I am even sure that most users will be quite happy using the standard headset.