HTC is going to launch its new smartphone -- but loads of details have already leaked

U11+ ThumbBlick/YouTube (via Kim Poh Liaw)Blick reviewer Lorenz Keller holding a HTC U11 Plus in a hands-on video, apparently shot on October 25.
  • HTC has a new flagship phone which may be announced on Thursday under the “HTC U11 Plus” name.
  • The device has leaked from multiple sources over the past 24 hours, including a (now removed) hands-on video from a Swiss media channel.
  • The U11 Plus will seemingly have a see-through transparent version, in addition to the glossy finishes of the original U11.

HTC’s new flagship smartphone, the HTC U11+, is likely going to be officially unveiled on Thursday, but the device has already leaked in all of its translucent glory.

That’s right: In addition to the glossy finishes the Taiwanese firm first introduced with the original U11, the company is seemingly making a version of the plus-sized model that gives you a little peek at the handset’s insides.

U11+PhoneArenaThe U11 Plus will seemingly come in a variety of colours, like blue and a shade of dark grey, but also a see-through ‘Transparent Black’ version.

We can see as much in a series of shots posted on PhoneArena (now removed), which look like official press renders.

Famed leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) also chimed in with his own tweet, where he posted the same render in what he calls “Translucent Black.”

Last but not least is a video (also removed) from Blick Digital, a Swiss tech channel which prematurely posted a hands-on video detailing the phone’s specs and features.

Some of them, which we can also see in the leaked images, include support for stereo speakers, HDR video, and a new “Edge Launcher,” which should open up a carousel of apps as an interface overlay when someone squeezes the device.

U11 Plus CollagePhoneArenaSome of the U11 Plus’ features include the ‘Edge Launcher,’ stereo sound, and a display that supports HDR content.

Much like the original U11 — and Google’s Pixel 2, which was manufactured by HTC — the bigger sibling should sport the “squeezable,” press-sensitive sides, which were previously used to activate the Google Assistant.

Other changes in the U11 Plus reportedly include a larger, 6-inch screen — which cut down on the bezels and forced HTC to move the fingerprint reader to the back — an ostensibly larger battery, and a version including a whopping 6GB of RAM, to go head-to-head against the best Samsung, Google, and Apple have to offer.

You can watch a re-uploaded version of Blick’s full hands-on video (in German) below.

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