HTC’s U11+ is a beautiful bezel-less upgrade to its squeezable flagship

After releasing an uninspiring bunch of phones over the past couple of years, HTC bounced back earlier this May with its squeezable U11, which let you do things like launch an app or take a picture just by gripping it tightly around the sides.

Now, it’s hopping on the nearly bezel-less bandwagon with the U11+, which brings a larger display, a bigger battery and a gorgeous translucent body that lets you see through the back and into its guts.

The Android 8.0 Oreo handset packs a bigger 6-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1440 pixels) Super LCD display into a frame that’s just a hair larger than its predecessor, while also adding IP68 water and dust resistance.

It’s powered by a Snapdragon 835 2.45GHz octa-core chip with your choice of 4GB RAM/64GB ROM or 6GB RAM/128GB ROM; you can add up to 2TB more by sticking a microSD card in the second SIM slot. A 3,930mAh battery should allow for longer battery life than the U11.

There’s a 12-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization on the back, while the front fascia is graced with an 8-megapixel shooter that comes with the same HDR Boost tech as the primary snapper.

The U11+ comes with HTC’s Sense skin atop Android Oreo, which works not only with Google Assistant and Alexa, but also HTC’s own Sense Companion to deliver contextual updates about your daily activity, commute and charging habits. Oh, and you’ll get a bundled pair of USonic noise-cancelling earphones to plug into the phone’s lone USB-C port (yup, there’s no 3.5mm jack).

The squeezable U11+ pairs with the Edge Launcher feature that you can customize with your favorite apps