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HTC U11+ is as shiny and squeezy as ever

The phone doesn't look much different to the standard U11, but it's a bit bigger and has some tweaks under the hood.

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The HTC U11+ is a slightly updated version of HTC's existing U11 flagship. What's new? Well, it's a touch bigger, has a larger battery and the front-facing camera has half the resolution.

Beyond that, it's pretty much business as usual. The model seen here has a neat see-through glass back, giving a great glimpse at the wireless charging coil beneath. This won't be available in Europe at launch, but may be available in Asian markets.

In the UK, the U11+ will cost £699, and while there's no word yet on US or Australian availability, that price converts to about $930 and AU$1,210.

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The display is now 6 inches across, rather than 5.5 inches.

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The U11 introduced the ability to perform actions by squeezing the phone. Now it can also bring up this handy app wheel to quickly select your favourite items.

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It's easy to customise the wheel.

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A fingerprint reader is still on the back.

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The front-facing camera is now only 8 megapixels (down from 16), but it has a wider view and various software tricks to get the best from your selfies.

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Here's the standard shiny black model that you'll find in UK stores.

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It runs Android 8.0 Oreo.

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Here's the U11+ alongside the U11 Life, also announced Thursday.

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The U11+ charges with USB-C.

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The phone is physically very similar to the standard U11. It's IP68 water resistant.

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I like these marks on screen that appear to show you how hard you're squeezing.

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The display looked bright, bold and pin-sharp in my hands.

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The camera on the back remains unchanged.

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