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Taiwanese phonemaker HTC has unveiled its latest flagship model, the U11+. — Handout via AFPTaiwanese phonemaker HTC has unveiled its latest flagship model, the U11+. — Handout via AFPTAIPEI, Nov 4 — Hot on the heels of Apple, Google, Huawei et al, the Taiwanese phonemaker HTC has unveiled its latest flagship model, the U11+, as well as a mid-range version of the U11.

While it doesn’t stand out in terms of its technical specs or its edge-to-edge screen (a first for the brand, but now standard at the top end of the market), it is an elegant phone with a translucent glass back.

The HTC U11+ has a 6-inch Quad HD+ 18:9 display (2880 x 1440 pixels), versus a 5.5-inch display for the U11, which hit the market in June. Like most of its rival Android phones, the U11+ is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, and it will be available in a 128GB version, offering up to 2TB with a microSD card. It packs a 12 MP primary camera and a BoomSound speaker which the manufacturer says is an improvement on previous models.

Dust-resistant and waterproof up to depths of one metre, the HTC U11+ runs Android 8.0 Oreo and its HTC Sense software suite. As with the U11, this smartphone is equipped with HTC Edge Sense technology, enabling users to squeeze the sides of the device to take photos, open an email, or automatically launch an app or game. The HTC U11+ will be available for preorder from November 20 and is expected to be priced at €799 (RM3,928).

HTC is simultaneously launching another more affordable phone — the HTC U11 Life — as part of the Android One program, which offers phones with a stripped-down operating system and no add-ons such as the apps and skins often built into phones by manufacturers. There is no edge-to-edge screen, or any of the latest top-end components, but it is an attractive 5.2-inch 1080p HD smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor and 3GB of RAM, which nevertheless runs Android 8.0 Oreo. With these features, the HTC U11 Life is likely to cost less than €400.

HTC celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017, having seen part of its mobile division acquired by Google. The firm hit a very difficult patch after its glory days in the early 2010s, but it can now take pride in a comprehensive, high-quality mobile offering. — AFP-Relaxnews

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