HTC U11 Life release date, news and features

HTC U11 Life

What will be a bit more widely available, including in the USA, is the HTC U11 life - an upper-midrange handset, made to look like the flagship.

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

Although we're impressed with the design of the U11 Life, it's the specs on offer that really show why it's a lot cheaper.

The HTC U11 Life works very well with Google Assistant's hands-free launch phrase. With its glossy blue back and low price, it is sure to attract customers.

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.

A key feature from the flagship U11 is Edge Sense - pressure sensors on the side of the phone as another way of interaction. It also runs a Snapdragon 835 and sports a 12MP UltraPixel 3 (f/1.7) camera, 3930mAh battery, IP68 water and dust resistance, and Android 8.0 Oreo under HTC's Sense. We'll test out performance including benchmarks soon. Like the HTC U11 Plus, the U11 Life also does not come with a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

There's either 3GB of RAM with 32GB of storage but for the asking price, we get 4/64GB as standard in the United Kingdom which is impressive.

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

Around the front there's another 16MP camera, also with an f/2.0 aperture, so this is one of those rare phones where the front-facing camera may be a similar quality to the rear one, though the front-facing camera can only record video in up to 1080p.

HTC also says HDR 10 support will roll out to the U11+ before the end of the year, which should make videos look even better.

The photos aren't going to win any awards, but give the U11 life plenty of light and hold still, and you can get some decent pictures.

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

The larger screen has made room for a larger battery, too.

All of this is powered by an impressive 3,930mAh battery with support for Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0.

The Android One model will launch with Android 8.0 Oreo, however. The latter is the first HTC phone in a long while to feature a fingerprint sensor on the back.

This means that instead of coming with the HTC Sense interface, it's pure stock Android.

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". HTC has a solid track record of updates for the OS and monthly security releases from Google.

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