HTC Releases Flagship U11+ and Android One U11 Life

HTC just announced two of its brand new smartphones today. The phones include all new HTC U11+ and the HTC U11 Life. Both these phones have been making rounds of the rumors mills for a while now. The HTC U11+ is the latest flagship from the Taiwanese giant while the HTC U11 Life is the first HTC device to run on Android One. HTC U11+ comes with some prominent features that the users have been demanding on the HTC flagship smartphones. The HTC U11 Life also comes with mouth-watering specs while running on a very efficient version of Android. Let’s dig deep into the devices to know what they have to offer this time around.

HTC U11+

 

Display & Dimensions

The HTC U11+ comes with a huge 6.0-inch QHD+ display which has a resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. HTC U11+ makes the use of the Super LCD display to show off this resolution. This phone has 538 PPI.

The screen to body aspect ratio is 18:9, which helps the HTC U11+ to stand in line with the competitor flagship smartphones. HTC has managed to slim down the bezels of this phone. The top and bottom bezels have been reduced as well. HTC said goodbye to the front facing boom sound speakers with the HTC 10, but it didn’t reduce the bezels so far. The HTC U11+ has it all that you’ve been waiting for.

The dimensions of this phone are 158.5 x 74.9 x 8.5 mm and it weighs at 188g. Both the front and back of the U11+ are protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. HTC U11+ is IP68 certified making itself water and dust resistant.

Hardware

The HTC U11+ is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. There is a RAM of 4GB. A 6GB RAM variant is going to be there as well. The 4GB RAM variant will come with 64GB internal storage and the 6GB one will come with 128GB internal storage. There is a microSD card slot as well which can support up to 256GB of storage. Under the hood, there’s a massive 3930 mAh battery to fulfill your daily smartphone needs.

As far as the features are concerned, this phone comes with the Edge Sense feature which has remained a part of most of the HTC smartphones in the recent past. Users can also spot a fingerprint scanner at the back in the center below the camera shooter. HTC U11+ also supports Amazon Alexa. BoomSound audio technology is also there in the only speaker of the phone. HTC U11+ comes with Bluetooth 5.0 and it also has the Quick Charge 3.0 which is a part of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. The phone does have NFC capabilities.

Cameras

At its back, the HTC U11+ has a single shooter which is a 12 MP UltraPixel 3 sensor. HTC hasn’t opted for the dual-shooters yet. Almost all the competitor smartphones except the Google Pixel 2 come with a dual-shooter. We are not yet sure about the picture quality of the HTC U11+, but a dual-shooter with upgraded sensors would have looked more good. The front-facing camera has an 8MP shooter to entertain the selfie freaks.

Software

HTC U11+ runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Android Oreo is the latest Android version available till date. Although Google is already brewing the Android 8.1.1 Oreo, it’s still good to see the U11+ running on Android Oreo while most of the flagship phones are not even near getting an Oreo update.

Price and Availability

HTC U11+ will make its way in 3 colors. These colors include Amazing Silver, Ceramic Black, and Translucent Black. HTC U11+’s 6GB RAM variant will cost around €799 in Europe. The phone is slated for release on November 20, 2017. 

HTC U11 Life

The other phone released by HTC today is the HTC U11 Life. This is the company’s very first Android One based smartphone. HTC U11 Life has some nice specifications to offer. Let’s learn about this product.

Display & Dimensions

The HTC U11 Life has a 5.2-inch Super LCD display with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution. This phone has 424 PPI. Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is there to protect its display. HTC U11 Life has the dimensions of 149.1 x 72.9 x 8.1 and it weighs at 142g only. The aspect ratio of this phone is 16:9.

HTC U11 Life is IP67 certified which means this phone is water and dust resistant as well.

Hardware, Cameras & Features

The U11 Life comes with a Snapdragon 630 CPU accompanied by Adreno 508 GPU. The phone has either a 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage or a 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage. There’s a microSD card slot in there. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack in this phone. HTC has also joined the courageous league by saying goodbye to the headphone jack. There’s a USB 2.0 Type-C connector which works for both charging and the audio output. HTC U11 Life has a 2,600 mAh battery under the hood.

HTC U11 Life has a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint scanner is mounted in the home button of this smartphone. There is Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC in the phone.

Both the front and back cameras of the U11 Life have a 16 MP shooter.

Software

The US exclusive T-Mobile variant of the phone will run on Android 7.0 Nougat having HTC Sense on the top. Other variants of the phone will run on Android Oreo (Android One) OS. 

Price, Colors & Availability

The HTC U11 is expected to launch with a price of around USD 385. According to HTC, the Android One variant of the phone will be launched in German market first. The phone will make its way to the rest of the markets in early 2018. Color options of the HTC U11 Life include Brilliant Black, Sapphire Blue, and Ice White.

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