Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

HTC Unveils U11 Plus Flagship And U11 Life Mid-Range Handset

HTC U11 Life review: The U11's affordable cousin is one of the best mid-rangers HTC's squeezy flagship gets some fresh tweaks
Lori Graves | 05 November, 2017, 02:16

The HTC U11 Plus will probably get all the attention, but it's not the only new phone from the company, as launched alongside it there's the HTC U11 Life.

Whether or not it can compete with great value phones like the £379 Honor 9 is another question, though.

The U11 Life is no slouch on the spec sheet. However I did miss the support for a second wake-word: on the U11 you can say either "Ok Google" or "Alexa" to launch the Google Assistant or Amazon's Alexa, but on the U11 life it's locked to Google.

There are various differences when it comes to the internals that help HTC achieve a lower price point.

I think T-Mobile is the right carrier for this phone as people look for something affordable on one of the most cost-competitive carriers while also looking for a phone that stands out from the black and white slabes so prevalent today. If I've a minor complaint, it's that the volume and power button on the side of the U11 life are set a little further down than you might expect; sometimes when I squeezed for Edge Sense I accidentally hit the power button by mistake. The "big" U11, of course, has a Snapdragon 835, 4 GB of RAM, and 64 GB of memory. We wouldn't recommend putting the claims to the test yourself. HTC still offers a stunning audio experience on a smartphone through the USB Type-C port. HTC includes USonic technology to scan your ear to customize the audio output for your unique ear design. It is priced at 799 Euros (it won't be available in the US), and will come in Ceramic Black, Amazing Silver, and a unique Translucent Black colourway, which Android Authority reports will only be available in January or February 2018.

There might not be HTC's BoomSound speakers here but there are still some features for audio fans.

Pick up the U11 and you'll immediately notice the cheaper body.

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There's no 3.5 mm headphone jack.

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Like the HTC U Play, the U11 Life has a 16Mp camera instead of the UltraPixel 3 found on the U11.

The rear and front cameras are both 16 megapixel variants. It's limited to 1080p video, though. The HTC U11 Plus also comes with a 3,930mAh non-removable battery, which supports Quick Charge 3.0 tech.

We won't know how good it is until we test it properly, but the signs are promising.

The Android One model will launch with Android 8.0 Oreo, however. The reduced bezels mean that the fingerprint sensor that was originally located on the front of the U11 is now placed at the back of the device.

Close observers of the Android rumor mill will know that Google made an abrupt change to its Pixel phone plans this summer, shelving its original successor to the Pixel XL, which was codenamed "muskie", in favor of another device bearing the code title of "taimen".

You also get monthly security patches for up to three years and guaranteed OS updates for two years.

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