HTC has finally announced the highly anticipated HTC U11+ and the HTC U11 Life on November 2, as expected. HTC U11+ is the flagship model – successor the to HTC U11, and U11 Life is a mid-range device which is under Android One program in selected markets. Both devices have been leaked quite a bit and a hands-on video of them went online hours before the actual launch.
Now let’s take a closer look at the specifications and features.
With the HTC U11+, HTC has finally jumped into the bezel-less bandwagon. The handset cannot be called a true successor to the HTC U11 as both of them sport almost similar internals. Where they differ is in terms of design.
The U11+ has an 18:9 display with minimal bezels and the fingerprint scanner has been moved to back in order to make room for the tall display. The capacitive navigation keys have also been replaced with on-screen buttons. U11+ retains same glossy reflective finish of the original U11 on the back panel. The handset is IP68 rated for water and dust resistance. It measures 158.5×74.9×8.5mm and weighs 188 grams.
HTC U11+ comes with a 6-inch QHD+ (2880 x 1440) SuperLCD 6 display with 18:9 aspect ratio and wide DCI-P3 color gamut. It has a pixel density of 537ppi and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Under the hood, the device is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC (clocked at 2.45GHz) coupled with Adreno 540 GPU, 4GB / 6GB of RAM and 64GB / 128GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 2TB using a microSD card. Note that the 6GB / 128GB variant will be available in Europe only.
As far as optics are concerned, the HTC U11+ features a 12MP UltraPixel camera on the rear with f/1.7 aperture, 1.4μm pixel size, PDAF, OIS and Dual LED flash. It supports 4K video recording as well as 3D audio recording. At the front, there’s an 8MP camera f/2.0 aperture which has an 85° wide field of view and supports video recording up to 1080p.
The handset is backed by a 3930mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. It runs Sense UI on top of latest Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. It also comes with Amazon Alexa built-in in addition to Google Assistant. The U11+ features HTC BoomSound and USonic with active noise cancellation for better audio experience. U11+ also has the Edge Sense technology which involves squeezing the phone to access any app, take photos, launch a voice assistant and more.
Connectivity options include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4 & 5GHz), NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS + GLONASS and USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 for charging and data syncing. And there is no 3.5mm headphone jack.
The HTC U11+ comes in at 3 color variants: Ceramic Black, Amazing Silver, and Translucent Black. It will be available in markets across Asia and Europe, but not in the US. In Europe, the U11+ will be priced at €799 (approx. Rs.60,200). Pricing for other markets is not known as of now.
HTC U11 Life
HTC U11 Life is a trimmed down version of its elder siblings, the U11 and U11 Plus. It features mid-range specifications but has managed to bring some flagship features on board. U11 Life will run stock Android Oreo out of the box, under the Android One program. However, in North America, the phone will feature HTC’s own Sense UI.
The U11 Life sports the same glossy design as the U11 at its back, but the back panel is made up of acrylic instead of glass, which is accounted for its cheaper price. The phone has noticeably large bezels on the front and the capacitive navigation buttons along with the home button reside at the bottom chin. The fingerprint scanner is integrated into the home button. It measures 149.09 x 72.9 x 8.1mm and weighs 142grams.
The HTC U11 Life features a 5.2-inch Full HD (1080 x 1920) Super LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 630 SoC coupled with Adreno 510 GPU, 3GB / 4GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB internal storage which is expandable up to 2TB using microSD. Note that only the 3GB/32GB version will be available in North America.
HTC U11 Life has a 16MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), LED flash and support for 4K video recording. A 16MP f/2.0 front-facing camera handles the selfie duties. It can record video up to 1080p.
The U11 Life is IP67 rated, has Edge Sense functionality and lacks the 3.5mm headphone jack. It runs Sense UI based on Android 7.1 in North America and a stock version of Android 8.0 Oreo (Under Android One program) for rest of the markets.
As far as connectivity is concerned, the U11 Life comes with 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4 & 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS + GLONASS and USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing. The handset is backed by a 2600mAh built-in battery with QuickCharge 3.0 support.
The HTC U11 Life comes in Sapphire Blue and Brilliant Black colors. The Sense U.I version with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage is priced at $349 (approx. Rs. 22,500) and will be available on November 3rd in the US exclusively through T-Mobile.
The Android One model costs €395 (approx. Rs. 29,900) for the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage model in Europe. Pricing details for other markets will be made available eventually.
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