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HTC's New Midrange Phone Proves the Company Isn't Dead Yet

02 November 2017

If you have 8 minutes to spare, you can listen to HTCs Vice President talking about what makes these two so special (and dont forget to check our U11 Life hands-on review as well).

HTC just launched a new pair of smartphones that are both impressive and frustrating for United States consumers.

So the most distinguishing feature of the new U11 Plus is, of course, the 6-inch 2880 x 1440 pixel LCD panel. The device boasts a 16MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and BSI sensor. There's also a microSD card slot should you need to add more.

Connectivity options on the HTC U11 Life include Wi-Fi 802.11ac dual-band, NFC, USB C, Bluetooth 5.0, Cat 9 LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi Calling and Global Positioning System.

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The Snapdragon 630 chipset is present under the hood of the HTC U11 Life. It also includes 2CA and 3CA as well as VoLTE and Wi-Fi Calling.

The Taiwanese company also improved the Edge Sense software (this time on top of Android 8.0 Oreo) which takes advantage of the "squeezable", pressure sensitive sides.

The camera is a 12MP UltraPixel 3 sensor with optical image stabilisation (OIS) an f/1.7 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size, UltraSpeed autofocus, and a dual-LED flash. The U11 Plus is the first HTC phone to feature a fingerprint sensor on the back for a long time, maybe as far back as the HTC One Max in 2013. The Plus rocks a 3.930mAh battery, which is quite unbelievable compared to the HTC U11's 3.000mAh energy pack. The U11 Life, on the other hand, is a mid-range smartphone that looks to offer a choice of stock Android experience or Sense UI, and cuts down on some of the premium specs that come with the U11. In the camera department, the U11 Life is equipped with 16MP rear and front cameras.

What's more, the device supports Google Assistant as well as Amazon Alexa and has an IP67 certified body for water and dust resistance.

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In terms of hardware, the U11 Plus follows in the footsteps of the original U11 by housing Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The Sense version is available for $349 in the U.S. starting today.

This is all being powered by a 3,930mAh cell inside the phone that HTC hopes will last you the whole day from a single charge. The company is yet to announce pricing and availability for other markets including India.

For such a cheap phone, it's great to see the U11 Life supports 24-bit Hi-Res audio playback. You get more screen real estate in the end and though it is a not an OLED display, you still get the Super LCD6 display, which now supports a wider range of colors (DCI-P3), and can show off HDR10 content if you're into media consumption.

The device had already leaked nearly in full yesterday, and it looks like the information was mostly correct.

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HTC's New Midrange Phone Proves the Company Isn't Dead Yet