The HTC U11 Plus won’t be launching on November 2nd, known industry insider Evan Blass said on Saturday, adding that the upcoming product event will be focused exclusively on the U11 Life, the company’s Android-powered mid-ranger which is meant to compete with many other value-oriented smartphones this holiday season. The Taiwanese original equipment manufacturer has been sending invites for its early November happening for several weeks now, fueling rumors that its next Android flagship is soon set to be released and try to succeed where the HTC U11 failed, i.e. attempt to achieve notable commercial success on a global level. The HTC U11 Life has also been the subject of numerous rumors in recent months and was presumed to be launching alongside the high-end device but Blass’s Saturday comment marks the first time that the upcoming product event was claimed to only be related to the next mid-ranger from the struggling phone maker.
If the HTC U11 Plus truly doesn’t end up making an appearance ten days from now, it’s unclear if the handset will be pushed to early 2018 and essentially serve as an intermediate model between the U11 and U12 or however HTC ends up calling its “true” 2018 flagship. The company opted for a similar approach this year with the HTC U Ultra, though that particular model didn’t end up performing particularly well and HTC may not bee too keen on mimicking its unsuccessful release strategy.
The U11 Life will presumably hit the market at some point in November and should go on sale in China seeing how that appears to be HTC’s country of choice for unveiling the device. Most of the company’s Android offerings in recent years were also available globally and it remains to be seen if HTC opts to sell the U11 Life on a worldwide level. The handset itself is said to succeed some unique features of the U11 flagship including the Edge Sense, its pressure-sensitive frame which can recognize when it’s being squeezed and trigger various actions based on that information and the exact level of pressure exerted on it by the user. The smartphone is rumored to ship with the Snapdragon 630 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage space, as well as a 5.2-inch LCD panel with an FHD resolution.