HTC U11 Life is a more affordable option with two 16MP cameras

HTC U11 Life is a more affordable option with two 16MP cameras

HTC U11 Life is a more affordable option with two 16MP cameras

Unfortunately, that one will only be sold in select markets across Europe and Asia. Having said that, these two phones are considerably different one from the other, the HTC U11 Plus is the company's new flagship, while the HTC U11 Life is the company's very first "Android One" smartphone, which essentially means that it is a part of Google's Android One project, it comes with stock Android, though a regular version of the phone with HTC Sense UI has also been announced.

Read on below for everything you need to know about the HTC U11 Life, including its price, release date, specs and features. Plus, it has a price tag that won't break the bank. Design and display size The U11 life is not a carbon copy of the U11. The device will feature 6-inches QHD, with a resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels and aspect ratio of 18:9. In other words - pretty sharp, we wouldn't mourn the lack of quad HD here. Most of the time we see mid-rangers give up NFC, provide average cameras, or reduce the overall experience in some manner. In the case of the HTC U11 life, we've got a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, 3 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of storage. So, yeah, the difference is quite obvious here.

While we don't know the exact release date yet, we do know that pre-orders for the HTC U11 Life open today (November 2) in the United Kingdom, and that it will set you back £349 (around $465/AU$605) SIM free. Don't rush to the conclusion that the midranger actually has a better camera, however.

We like the look and feel of the U11 Life, it's an attractive mid-range phone. Once that's done you can plug in the bundled USonic headphones which have active noise cancellation; it's not as good as what you'd find on a set of Bose, but considering they'd cost the same again as the U11 life itself it's a great added-extra. The 2,600 mAh battery gave me pause initially, but it proved fine for a full day of use away from the charger. The device also packs the HTC Edge Sense feature that was originally introduced in the U11.The phone is available in three colours namely translucent Black, Ceramic Black and Amazing Silver. For example, you can activate Alexa on the U11 by saying "Hey Alexa", but you can't with the U11 Life.

It's joining Google's Android One program.


We haven't had the chance to test it yet, but HTC has its work cut out if it wants to match the performance of the Pixel 2's outstanding camera.

HTC recently held a hardware launch event at what was speculated to only be for one device, the HTC U11 Life. Of course the answer is that the specs are lower, and you're getting a cheaper body. Worse still, HTC has no plans to release the U11+ in the USA at any point, instead holding off until next year when it launches its next-generation flagship as a successor to the U11. The absence of optical image stabilization doesn't come as a surprise given the price, but it does reduce some of the point-and-shoot flexibility that more expensive phones have come to offer. It's no wonder that trend died.

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