Our Opinion

The HTC U11 Plus is a slightly better phone, but the LG V30 Plus is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

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Price ₹ 56,990 onwards ₹ 38,900 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2018 Dec, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2880 pixels (~ 537 pixels per inch) 1440x2880 pixels (~ 537 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features Super LCD6 P-OLED, Dolby Vision, HDR10 Compliant, Always-on Display, FullVision Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.45 GHz 2.45 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 540
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 12.0 MP 16.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/1.7 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Dual-LED (dual tone) Flash, 1.4um Pixel Size, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Video HDR, Stereo Sound Rec., Slow Motion Video (1080p @120fps), HDR Boost, Panorama, Hyperlapse, 3D Audio and Acoustic Focus recording with 4 microphones, Video Pic Dual Camera (16MP + 13MP), 16 MP: F/1.6 Aperture; 71-degree Wide-angle Lens, 13 MP: F/1.9 Aperture; 120-degree Wide-angle Lens, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Laser Autofocus, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), HDR, Panorama, Stereo Sound Rec., HDR Video
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 5.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 85-degree Wide Angle Lens, BSI Sensor, Live Make-up, Auto Selfie, Voice Selfie, Self Timer, HDR Boost, Selfie Panorama, Full HD Video Rec. N/A
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 2 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.5 mm 7.4 mm
Weight 188 gm 158 gm
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes Yes
Battery Capacity 3930 mAh 3300 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) 25.00 hrs N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Quick Charge 3.0 Yes, Quick Charge 3.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features HTC BoomSound; Hi-Res Audio Certified; DLNA; NFC; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; MU-MIMO; AirPlay; Miracast; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 3.0); Wireless Charging; Military Certified; DLNA; NFC; USB Type-C; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration; Hi-Fi Quad DAC powered by B&O Play
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Unique, beautiful "liquid surface design" - the phone has a glass and metal finish and the exoskeleton is mostly made up of glass - giving it stunning looks, that change colors depending on the viewing angle - the colour options are out of this world too - this is a phone unlike any other (except its own sibling HTC U11), and will certainly stand out - whether you appreciate it or not may be more of a personal preference
  • High quality build
  • Upgraded IP68 dust and water resistance
  • One of the major USPs is the way HTC designers have used the sensors on this device - you can literally squeeze this device to make do things like click a photo or a selfie, open Google assistant, pick up a call, change the music track etc - it's a pretty useful concept extending the standard gesture support on modern smartphones
  • Very good, sharp display (though the colors are not as vibrant as some of the competing flagships with AMOLED panels)
  • The display is also edge-to-edge, and larger at 6 inches now, bringing the phone at par with modern bezel less display trend
  • HTC's skin on top of Android is light and intuitive, works well, the RAM management system is very efficient, and there is next to no bloatware
  • The performance is top-notch and the HTC U11 Plus is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor that's backed by 6GB RAM - giving it more than enough firepower to rival other flagships like Galaxy S8 or the iPhone
  • Top-notch high-quality camera with the Ultra Speed Auto Focus - images clicked turn out to be outstanding in all lighting conditions - on the whole, its only a notch behind the best Android camera phone currently - the Google Pixel 2
  • Great quality video recording too, with the option for acoustic focus, which works like having a video recording equipment with a directional mic
  • The front camera is good too and capable of clicking 150-degree wide angle selfies (it is downgraded to 8 MP now from 16MP earlier on the HTC U11, but that doesn't really make any real life difference)
  • The BoomSound speakers sound nice and satisfying
  • HTC has also bundled this smartphone with very good quality U-Sonic headphones (USB-C based) that have noise cancelling
  • The battery easily lasts the day (and in fact has a bit more juice now, compared to the HTC U11) and has a good battery management system, along with fast-charging support
  • On the whole, the HTC U11 ticks all the boxes of a top-end flagship - beauty, power and performance - and brings it more up-to-date with the new bezel-less design
  • Beautiful, streamlined, flagship-grade aluminium and glass design
  • Impressively light for what it has inside
  • Full IPX8 waterproofing
  • Beautiful large, edge-to-edge OLED screen - with vibrant colors and deep blacks - pretty close in quality to Samsung's top-notch Super AMOLEDs
  • LG's Android UI looks decent and works well, although it's not really the best - that position is taken by the likes of OnePlus, and Samsung
  • Speedy, top-end processor - delivers top-drawer performance similar to other Snapdragon 835 phones
  • Very good dual rear cameras - capable of taking some excellent photos - they're crisp, full of life, and comparable to the excellent Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
  • In the daytime, the LG's second wide-angle camera is a special treat, letting you capture more of your surroundings in every frame - you just can't get these types of wide-angle photos with any other phone camera
  • LG also offers a dizzying array of additional camera modes which you will found genuinely useful - this includes an excellent manual mode
  • Video recording is excellent too, with powerful video features - 4K and 1080p/30fps videos out of the primary camera are top-notch
  • Decent front-facing camera too, particularly its wide-angle mode
  • The best headphone jack on a phone period - LG V30's "quad-DAC" (digital-to-analog converter) isn't just a marketing gimmick - it actually works - when you plug in good quality headphones into this phone's 3.5mm jack, your music lights up, growing richer, fuller and warmer - a treat for audiophiles - this is the best smartphone for audio today
  • The loudspeaker is pretty good too
  • On the whole, the phone is a content creator's dream, with particular focus on videographers (who can shoot pro-style Log format video) and audiophiles
  • Excellent battery life - will comfortably last the day even with heavy use - similar in overall life to the excellent Galaxy S8 Plus
  • Supports wireless charging
  • Supports quick charging - promises 50 percent charge in 30 minutes
  • On the whole, the LG V30 is a fantastic phone that nearly does it all - and a rock-solid alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus and the Google Pixel 2 XL - it is one of LG’s best in recent memory and as a result, it’s also one of 2017’s best smartphones
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Due to the use of glass, the phone attracts a lot of fingerprint smudges and it's impossible to have it with its clean look all the time, unless you use a case
  • Lacks the standard 3.5mm audio jack - although it does bundle a USB Type-C to 3.5 mm adapter
  • On the whole, while the upgrade of the display to bezel-less is nice, in some other areas, the U11 Plus is now a shade behind the other recently launched flagships - for instance, it lacks Portrait Mode, a cool feature available in most flagships, the display legibility outdoors is not the best, and while the battery life is good, but not the best-in-class - in short, its a very good phone, but it's not path breaking like the HTC U11 was at the time it was launched
  • The front facing camera, and overall low-light photography (of both front and rear cameras), while decent, aren’t industry-leading
  • Wireless charging works fine - but it's not particularly fast. The V30 only supports standard 5-watt Qi charging and a newer 8-watt standard - not the 15-watt Fast Charge variant supported by Samsung and some competitors
Expert Reviews
  1. If you are tired of the usual mainstream crop, give the U11+ a chance and you may find yourself surprised
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you don’t want the Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Review) and are staying away from the Pixel 2 XL (Review) because of its display troubles, the HTC U11+ looks like the perfect alternative
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. So if you’re an HTC fan, want great performance and an excellent camera, the HTC U11+ is definitely worth checking out.
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
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  17. pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
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  21. independent.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  1. The V30 has turned out so remarkably well... it's got the most important boxes checked and we can see people running to the stores
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The LG V30 is a rock-solid alternative to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus and the Google Pixel 2 XL....If it fits your hands and your photographic needs, you won't be disappointed.
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. LG has cooked up one of its most impressive smartphones ever
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. You won’t regret buying it
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
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  9. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
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  11. mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
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  13. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
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  17. hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
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  20. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
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