Saturday, 18 November, 2017

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

HTC U11+ official HTC U11+ is Official, looks absolutely amazing with bezel-less display
Cecilia Poole | 03 November, 2017, 00:27

HTC removed the headphone jack on its new smartphone, the U11 Life. HTC has used the same design language from the flagship so it's got a striking curved shape.

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

As you can see, Google Project Fi is meant to help you save more money, but this idea somehow became redundant when the tech giant jumped from the Nexus program to the new Pixel program, which targets premium spenders, at least to be fair. That's understandable for the price tag and the screen looks perfectly acceptable for a mid-ranger. It has two versions namely - Android One and HTC Sense wherein the latter has HTC's UI on top of Android 7.1 Nougat while the former has the stock Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. HTC will sell the U11+ with 4 GB of memory and 64 GB of speedy UFS 2.1 storage, or in a higher-end configuration with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. We'll test out performance including benchmarks soon. For any phone that is targeting the midrange and budget markets, having a 3.5mm audio jack should be a no-brainer.

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. On the right hand edge you'll find the power/unlock key as well as the volume rocker, and there's a USB-C port on the bottom edge.

There might not be HTC's BoomSound speakers here but there are still some features for audio fans. The U11+ relies on a 3,930mAh battery for fuel. At the front, there is another 16MP camera with f/2.0 aperture, BSI sensor, HDR, and 1080p video recording support. The rear camera is 12 megapixels at f/1.7 with OIS and the front facing camera is 8 megapixels at f/2.0.

Pick up the U11 and you'll immediately notice the cheaper body. Hardware and cameras Of course, when we are talking midrangers, it's expected that the internal hardware is where most of the corner-cutting has happened. The global version seems far superior: it's an Android One phone, which means it ships with stock Android and no bloatware, and it's shipping with a newer version of Android-8.0 Oreo!

A release date for Australia is now unclear, but we've asked HTC and hope to hear more soon.

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".

You also get monthly security patches for up to three years and guaranteed OS updates for two years.

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