HTC has today announced a cheaper variant of its flagship U11 phone with the launch of the U11 Life. A variant with 128GB storage and 6GB RAM; and a variant with 64GB storage and 8GB RAM. But oh no, with Razer only recently launching its 120Hz screened smartphone, HTC is now getting in on the action, with a pair of new handsets under the U11 name. So alongside the bizarrely named HTC U11 Life (hands-on review here), along comes the HTC U11 Plus – which sounds remarkably similar to a certain secondary school entry exam.
HTC has optimized the Edge Sense feature on U11 Plus to offer more customizable experience to users.
An exclusive model running Android Nougat with HTC Sense will also be available through T-Mobile in the US. As far as camera is concerned, this phone will come with a 12MP rear camera, with a capability of shooting in 4K resolution. It has a “Liquid Surface” design and a 5.2-inch 1080p Super LCD display. The material it’s made up of is slightly different from the U11 – it’s acrylic glass this time – but it still picks up plenty of fingerprints. If HTC can do it then so can you.
Here is where the HTC U11+ nails it perfectly; despite having a 18:9 aspect ratio and a 6-inch display, you will find a 3,930mAh battery. However, the smartphone did not include the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack.
It comes in Sapphire Blue and Brilliant Black colors.
But again, this phone isn’t coming to the US.
The HTC U11 life is HTC’s first Android One handset but still includes so numerous features of the Ull family than have seen them receive rave reviews everywhere.
Together with Google, HTC promises three years of monthly security update and two years of OS upgrades for the U11 Life, giving the handset some solid longevity. Also, the phone will be arriving in both colors in global markets. I know a lot of you are the same and are probably disappointed.
There’s also 64GB of internal storage for you to play with, plus a microSD slot allowing you to expand on that space if you need more.
The phone has HTC’s Edge Sense which can be programmed to open any app, any utility within an app or to access Google Assistant or Alexa.
On the connectivity front, the HTC U11 Life offers Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou and a USB Type-C port. It sports the same 12-megapixel UltraPixel 3 OIS camera like the U11. The HTC U11 Life measures 149.09 x 72.9 x 8.1mm, and weighs 142 grams.
The U11 Life is a mid-range offering in the U11 lineup. However, the phone is not going to provide support for wireless charging.