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REVIEW The device still

REVIEW The device still has the same design language with HTC’s ‘Liquid Surface’ curved glass at the back. This time round there are two colours to choose from starting with Ceramic Black, which to our eyes in real life looks more like chrome/silver. A Translucent Black option, as teased ahead of the launch, is a little more interesting. It’s a smokey grey sort of colour and means you can see some components underneath the glass – namely a coil of metal that is used for NFC. It’s a bit like having a window on the side of your gaming PC rig, but without all the neon lights. We prefer the translucent option but the sad news is that it’s not coming to Europe, at least to begin with, so fingers crossed for it to come later. This is despite teasing it off on the official site. The U11+ looks stylish but not everyone will enjoy the larger and heavier size (188g is pretty hefty), or the way the back of the phone gets covered in smudges and fingerprints very easily once again – it’s also a bit slippery. You might have noticed that the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back of the phone. This is to make way for a different size screen. HTC has upgraded the waterproof rating so the U11+ gets IP68, which is the highest you’ll find on a phone meaning you can dunk it in up to 1.5 metres of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. 38 TECH ADVISOR • MAY 2018

REVIEW Edge Sense is still a feature, so squeezing is another way of interacting with the device. There are pressure sensors in the sides of the device in the lower half that trigger certain commands. Display As mentioned, the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the rear to allow for a screen similar to some rivals. The U11+ has a 6in screen, with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a Quad HD+ resolution (2880x1440). One of our complaints with the U11 was the more standard display which wasn’t as exciting as rivals, so an 82 percent screen-to-body ratio is much more competitive. The U11+ will support HDR10 but via a firmware update. Overall the screen looks good, although LCD isn’t everyone’s choice over AMOLED. It’s crisp and bright so you need to decide if 6in is the right size for you. Processor, memory and storage The U11+ still has a Snapdragon 835 processor and although there’s a version with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, we’ll get the 6/128GB model as standard in the UK which is great news. It makes the price tag and value for money even better and there’s still a microSD card slot should you really need to add more. Most users won’t with online backup services like Google Photos, though. Like any top-tier smartphone, we’ve found performance to be silky smooth. We’ve had no issues waiting for apps to load, multi-tasking and the like. As you can see, it benchmarks with the best of them. MAY 2018 • TECH ADVISOR 39

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