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HTC U11 Plus teased: Here's what to expect November 2

October 27, 2017 8:45 PM
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HTC is teasing a smartphone announcement for Nov. 2, and it looks to be the rumored HTC U11 Plus with an 18:9 aspect ratio display. HTC is also expected to introduce a mid-range U11 Life at the event.

HTC on Friday teased a new smartphone, believed to be the HTC U11 Plus, with an image showing a sneak peak of the back. In the teaser posted on Twitter, HTC suggests it will unveil the U11 Plus on Nov. 2.

In a separate teaser posted this month, HTC showed the U11 Plus will include a fingerprint scanner on the rear of the handset. IP68 waterproofing is also expected to be included on the U11 Plus, alongside new BoomSound speakers.

Leaks haven't suggested it thus far, but we'd expect HTC's squeezable sides that activate Google Assistant will be found as well. OnLeaks and an Indian news website partnered to release a number of renders and specifications of the HTC U11 Plus.

The U11 Plus will fall into HTC's smartphone lineup alongside the flagship HTC U11 that was released in June. In ZDNet's review, Matthew Miller called the U11 HTC's best phone in four years.

HTC is also expected to announce a 5.2-inch U11 Life at its Nov. 2 event in Taipei. The U11 Life is said to be a mid-range handset, and it will likely be a part of the Android One program.

Android Authority reported the U11 Life will feature Edge Sense to activate Google Assistant by pressing the sides of the handset. It's rumored to be powered by the Snapdragon 630 chipset, and it could feature 32GB of storage, a 16-megapixel rear camera, 16-megapixel front camera, and a microSD card slot.

Recent leaks of the U11 Life have shown a fingerprint scanner on the front of the device, suggesting HTC's recent tweets are indeed the U11 Plus.

Both the HTC U11 Plus and U11 Life are expected to ship with Android Oreo.

Pricing or availability for the handsets is not clear, but we're sure to learn more soon. It's worth noting Evleaks recently said the Nov. 2 event will be for the U11 Life only, but HTC's own teasers seem to suggest other wise.

Of course, we suggest you take leaks with a healthy dose of salt, because things can change before launch. We'll be tracking HTC's event on Nov. 2 for the latest.

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