HTC unveiled U11 Life in two versions

HTC unveiled U11 Life in two versions

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In our review of U11, we were impressed with the phone's battery, which could go through an entire day for most average smartphone users.

There have been quite a lot of reports recently about the HTC U11 Life and Google has announced today that the handset is joining its Android One program. Unfortunately, folks here in the States are only going to have access to the latter, as the 6-inch U11 Plus with its larger 18:9 display and bigger battery is destined only for Asian and European markets. You don't need to buy a new SIM card in more than 135 countries you visit, rather, Fi will still be at your service. The cost of smartphones has gone up a lot in the past year or so.

The U11 Life is a mid-range offering in the U11 lineup. The phone is a bit more resilient than the standard U11 with an IP68 rating (the original carried an IP67 rating) but utilizes the same 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and 8-megapixel selfie shooter. The display is made scratch resistant with a coating of Corning Gorilla Glass. HTC has added a fingerprint sensor below the screen on the U11 Life.

Just so you know, the HTC U11 Life comes with a 5.2-inch LCD display screen with a Full HD resolution, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor clocked at 2.2GHz and mated with 3GB RAM alongside 32GB of expandable storage.

The phone comes with HTC USonic with Active Noise Cancellation and Hi-Res audio certified sound.

HTC does another cool thing where its headphones are concerned: You can create a personal audio profile on the U11 Life in order to tune the headphones to your own hearing.

As for the Life's photo prowess, it surprised me with pics that are definitely above average for something in this price range.

For video there is a slow-mo feature that films 1080p footage at 120fps, which is a bit disappointing compared to most flagship phones now. The front also houses a 16MP f/2.0 camera for selfies and it is the same camera that they're using for the back of the device as well. Read about both new HTC phones here.

While Chang didn't provide further detail about HTC's upcoming dual-camera device, he did mention that much like this year, next year his company will be releasing just five to six smartphone models in total. We do find the U11 life's camera to be nice, but it doesn't beat the U11. HTC's Edge Sense is built in as well, allowing you to squeeze the phone to control software features. There is no headphone jack, either.

The HTC U11 Life will be available exclusively from T-Mobile starting tomorrow, November 3rd.

The Android One version of the HTC U11 Life is going to be launched in Germany first through Amazon and Media Markt.

  • Terrell Bush