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Published: Fri, November 03, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

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

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

The new HTC U11 life is a stripped-down version of company's flagship U11 that was launched earlier this year. When it comes to the cameras, you might notice that the HTC U11 life has a 16 MP sensor, while the U11 has a 12 MP one. I liked this phone a lot, and so did most other reviewers.

As you must have known, the U11 Plus features a full-screen design with the squeezable frame feature that was first introduced on the U11. It's a bit like the HTC U Play but with some U11 bits and pieces thrown in. But the real differences appeared when I used both phones to shoot some spooky Halloween decorations.

I can back it up: given the choice between using the free HTC earbuds and the U11 Life, or my iPhone paired with my standard commuting headphones - a pair of $250 Powerbeats - I chose HTC and its solution. The cost of smartphones has gone up a lot in the previous year or so.

The HTC U+ Plus will be available to buy unlocked for £699 (Rs 59800 approx.) from November 20th in the United Kingdom and Euro 799 in Europe. See below for details.

HTC has come up with an upgrade of the current flagship U11, which it has appropriately named the U11 Plus. Sapphire Blue will be the only color. A nice touch for a budget phone. The phone also has the fingerprint sensor.

The Edge Sense feature from the U11 retains its place with additional features. If you have the YouTube app, you can remap the squeeze to take you to the subscriptions window or if you are in Google Maps, you squeeze to zoom in or zoom out.

Overall, this is an impressive start for a £349 phone.

Most of the high-end specs seen inside the U11 are also present in the U11+. It adopts a 6-inch Super LCD-6 display with support forHDR10 and with a DCI-P3 colour gamut. That's understandable for the price tag and the screen looks perfectly acceptable for a mid-ranger. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. We'll test out performance including benchmarks soon.

To keep it alive is a 2600mAh battery unit that is charged via USB-C port and software-wise, you get Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but HTC says the U11 Life will get Oreo before the end of this month.

There might not be HTC's BoomSound speakers here but there are still some features for audio fans. It doesn't have a 3.5mm headphone jack, in case you were wondering. If you want decent audio, particularly at a midrange price, Sony and HTC are still your best bets. The Pixel 2 XL's 3,520mAh battery, but a little smaller than the whopping 3,930mAh cell sitting within the U11 Plus. It also offers 16-megapixels front camera with f/2.0 aperture, BSI sensor, and 1080p video recording. As we've said time and again - it's not all about the megapixels. You'll need to charge over USB-C and the phone supports Quick Charge 3.0. At the same time, a great numerous truths we're meant to cling to today depend greatly on our own point of view.

The AndroidOne version will launch worldwide, but T-Mobile USA gets the Sense version exclusively.

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

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