Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 256GB is a significantly better phone, but the HTC U11 Plus is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But from a pure value perspective, we recommend the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 256GB.

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Price ₹ 56,990 onwards ₹ 72,000 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2018 Mar, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo Android 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 6.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2880 pixels (~ 537 pixels per inch) 1440x2960 pixels (~ 531 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features Super LCD6 Super AMOLED, 3D Touch (home button only), Always-on display, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.45 GHz 2.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Exynos 9810
GPU Adreno 540 Mali-G72 MP18
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 12.0 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 (12MP + 12MP) 12MP: F/1.5-2.4 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF, 12MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 52mm Focal Length; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1µm Pixel Size; Autofocus, 2x Optical Zoom, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, Touch focus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Panorama, HDR, Dual-Video rec., Slow-motion Video
Secondary Camera 8.0 MP 8.0 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. F/1.6 Aperture, Autofocus, Full HD+ Video Recording, Dual Video call, Auto HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 256 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 400 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.5 mm 8.5 mm
Weight 188 gm 189 gm
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes Yes
Battery Capacity 3930 mAh 3500 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
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 Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Qi Wireless charging; Bixby; NFC; Dual-band WiFi; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; ANT+ support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay
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
  • Absolutely luscious design, continuing the design language that was introduced with the Galaxy S8 series (which is not a bad thing at all) - and it has some really sizzling color options in purple and blue, which really helps those supple curves stand out - the body colors looks deep, rich and ever-changing thanks to the way the glossy glass catches the light - you will be hard pressed to find anything remotely as elegant, and beautiful in the Android market
  • The biggest design change is on the back, where the fingerprint reader moves below the camera module - this corrects the worst design mistake of both Galaxy S8 phones and the Note 8
  • Water resistant body
  • The tall, 18:9, minimal bezel, 6.2-inch AMOLED screen is absolutely gorgeous and even brighter than last year's (15 percent brighter, in fact) - and the sexy dual-curved design adds to the charm
  • Samsung software on top of Android adds some useful extras, extending the core functionality of Android - it is one of the better, more refined UIs in the Android world
  • DeX Pad support is another cool feature that enhances the Desktop Experience Samsung introduced on last year’s flagship Galaxy phones
  • Whiplash-fast performance backed by the super powerful Samsung's Exynos 9810 (similar to the Snapdragon 845 in terms of performance) - performance is top-notch as expected under all use cases
  • Terrific camera - the first to bring a mechanical dual-aperture lens from DSLRs to the much tinier mobile phone, a feature that's designed to let in more light, reduce image noise and generally make your photos a lot better
  • The image quality in well lit situations is top-notch
  • Low light performance often borders on astounding - with the amount of brightness & lack of noise you will find in the shots (thanks to the dual aperture lens) - although its not very consistent (some low light photos are oddly washed out)
  • The Galaxy S9 Plus also one-ups the excellent Galaxy S9 with a second rear camera for taking portrait photos - they come out well with a good bokeh effect
  • The super-slow motion video mode is pretty cool too, and when you frame the shot well, can give some incredible result
  • The selfie camera is good too, and has a new Selfie Focus mode, which uses software (and not a second lens) to create a depth effect with the front-facing camera, similar to the Pixel 2, or the iPhone X
  • On the whole the cameras on the Galaxy S9+/S9 compare well with the those on the other top camera phones - the Google Pixel 2, and the iPhone X - it's a toss up between these 3 - the Galaxy S9+ can produce some truly exceptional shots especially in the dark, but perhaps the iPhone X and the Pixel 2 are just a bit more consistent all round, everything considered
  • Dual-speaker system is excellent, and makes for loud, rich audio - and results in one of the best speaker experience of any smartphone, ever
  • Call quality is fantastic too, with the AKG tuning really paying off
  • Also has the good old-fashioned headphone jack! (that's missing in a lot of other flagships now)
  • Good (though not exceptional) battery life - will definitely last the work day on a single charge
  • Supports fast charging (although it's not the fastest around)
  • Supports wireless charging
  • On the whole, while outside of the display, the S9+ isn’t a class leader in any category, but it’s good enough in all of them that the whole package makes for a great flagship phone - it will compete with the Pixel 2/XL and the iPhone X for the title of the best smartphone - which one of these 3 you might choose will depend on what specific things you value
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
  • Fragile glass front and back means you should buy a case day 1
  • The new face-unlock tool is not particularly secure (it might have been better for Samsung to build out a more refined version before rushing in to compete with the similar feature on the iPhone X)
  • The 3D avatar software is again not that well executed - the AR Emojis track your expressions poorly and need far more customization options
  • There’s also still no compelling use case for Bixby, Samsung's AI agent (though of course you have no compulsion to use it, and can instead keep using the Google Assistant)
  • While the camera is great generally, it can sometime make low-light photos look blurry and lack detail - even though brightness levels is excellent and noise is minimal - so its sometimes a double edged sword
  • Battery life is good, but not exceptional - some of the competition is ahead here
  • Everything considered, S8 owners can skip the upgrade - the S9+ is excellent all-round, and incrementally better - but it's not a monumental change from the S8
  • Apart from the iPhone X and the Pixel 2/XL, the S9+ will also face tough competition now from lower priced flagships like the OnePlus 5T, which are almost as good on most of the important counts
  • Among the two S9 variants themselves (standard, and plus), a lot of people might prefer the standard version, as it's a little easier to handle - the incremental improvements in the S9+ on the other hand (even bigger screen, more RAM, and a secondary rear camera) are arguably not that significant
  • The S9+ will also face direct competition from Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, which is pretty similar in many of the meaningful ways, but might come at a lower price
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 »
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  4. So if you’re an HTC fan, want great performance and an excellent camera, the HTC U11+ is definitely worth checking out.
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  1. It's an awesome phone, the Samsung Galaxy S9+
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The Samsung phone you really want this year
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Thanks to blazing performance, solid cameras and long battery life, the Galaxy S9/S9+ continue to uphold the S series’ reputation for excellence
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Samsung’s best phone with a big screen and superb camera
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Both Galaxy S9 and S9+ are solid, dependable workhorses with excellent displays, premium craftsmanship, and improved cameras
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