HTC U11 Eyes vs HTC U11 Plus: What’s the big difference?

by Michele Ingelido 0

A new version of HTC U11 has been launched: HTC U11 Eyes, with a more affordable price tag and lower-end specs. We think it is time to compare it with the costlier version of the flagship, U11 Plus, which is exactly the opposite: a more powerful variant with a more expensive price tag. Is it worth choosing the higher-end version of the mid-range variant is enough for your needs? Let’s discover it with a HTC U11 Eyes vs HTC U11 Plus comparison of their specs.

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HTC U11 Eyes vs HTC U11 Plus

HTC U11 EyesHTC U11 Plus
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT157.9 x 75 x 8.5 mm, 185 grams158.5 x 74.9 x 8.5 mm, 188 grams
DISPLAY6 inches, 1080 x 2160p (Full HD+), 402 ppi, 18:9 ratio, Super LCD36 inches, 1440 x 2880p (Quad HD+), 538 ppi, 18:9 ratio, Super LCD6
PROCESSORQualcomm Snapdragon 652, octa-core 2.2 GHzQualcomm Snapdragon 835, octa-core 2.45 GHz
MEMORY4 GB RAM, 64 GB – micro SD slot4 GB RAM, 64 GB – 6 GB RAM, 128 GB, micro SD slot
SOFTWAREAndroid 8.0 Oreo, HTC Sense UIAndroid 8.0 Oreo, HTC Sense UI
CONNECTIVITYWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPSWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
CAMERA12 + MP, f/1.7 OIS
Dual 5 + 5 MP f/2.2 front camera
12 MP, f/1.7, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
8 MP f/2.0 front camera
BATTERY3930 mAh, Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 3.0)3930 mAh, Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 3.0)
ADDITIONAL FEATURESHybrid Dual SIM slot, IP67 standard, facial recognitionHybrid Dual SIM slot, IP68 certified

The big difference between HTC U11 Eyes and U11 Plus is obviously in the hardware department. The first has a Snapdragon 652 SoC, while the second has a Snapdragon 835 which is a much more powerful chipset, as we are talking about a midrange SoC vs the best flagship SoC currently in the market. HTC U11 Plus has also more RAM in its most expensive variant (6 GB). So the Plus version is much faster and smoother in every scenario. The rest of the specs and potentialities are not so different, even though the U11 Plus looks slightly better in each of them. The display has a higher resolution, the main camera is slightly better, and there is also a better certification for water-resistance in the Plus model. But there’s an element in the EYEs which is not present in the U11+ — the dual front camera with face recognition.

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The real advantage of HTC U11 Eyes is the price, as it has been launched in China at about $512, while its opponent has a listing price of €800 (almost $1,000). But note that it is possible to find the standard HTC U11 model with Snapdragon 835 (the one with bezels) at less than €600. It means that at this moment U11 Eyes is still not a great option to buy.


HTC U11 Eyes vs HTC U11 Plus: PROS and CONS



  • More affordable price
  • Dual front camera
  • Face recognition
  • Waterproof


  • Old Midrange SoC


HTC U11 Plus


  • Flagship-level components
  • Better camera
  • Better display


  • Very High Price