HTC U11+ / U11 Life Announced: Specs, Price, Release Date

Here are two new HTC U11 Android phone models, all relating to new smartphones and all interesting in their own ways. There’s also a Razer Phone Gaming Android handset to look at.

As expected, HTC has announced two new U-series smartphones, the HTC U11+ and the HTC U11 Life.


Starting with HTC U11+

HTC is again desperate in making itself relevant, though. After launching its top hot-dog for the Android world early years, the Taiwan-based company has launched the new HTC U11+. It is now capturing huge applauded, and as an upgraded version of U11 that unveiled a few months ago, this Plus version moves the fingerprint sensor to the rear of the device to make some space for a new 6-inch, 2880×1440 pixel 2k 18:9 LCD display up front.

It has a massive 3930mAh battery, but unfortunately, there’s no wireless charging, it does support QC3.0. Available in three new colors: Ceramic Black, Translucent Black, and Amazin Silver. For US readers, the biggest disappointment is probably that HTC has no plans to bring this device Stateside. It’s intended for other markets around Europe, Asia, and the rest of the world.

So there’s no pricing in the U.S. yet as it’s officially not coming to that market. In Europe, you’re looking at €799, for a device running Android Oreo right out-of-the-box.

With the new screen size and 18:9 aspect ratio might lead you to think this is another of those ill-fated LG Display OLED panels. But again, HTC is still using the same LCD technology as the U11, but it is admitted that the U11+ presents sharper and vibrant images. The screen-to-body ratio of the U11+ is a laudable 82%, and the screen resolution is a direct match to LG’s G6 and V30. HTC also promises future support for HDR10 video via software update. And the phone’s rear panel is translucent so you can see its innards a bit.

As HTC missed an opportunity to build out its credentials as a leader in battery life by adding wireless charging to the U11+, instead of making do with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3 fast-charging tech. Other major features you will find on the 2017 HTC Android gorgeous is beyond bezel annihilation and wireless charging is waterproofing.

HTC has taken a step forward with the U11+. The company’s new Android flagship is IP68-rated, giving users a higher level of reassurance that the IP67-rated U11. Rest of the spec sheet on the inside is unchanged: Snapdragon 835 processor, a choice between 4GB of RAM with 64GB storage or 6GB RAM with 128GB of storage.

There’s still in wireless audio tech on U11+ with Bluetooth 5, Qualcomm’s AptX HD, and Sony’s LDAC all making it onto the feature list. HTC has made good use of the larger chassis of the U11+ by doing the new phone’s speakers 30% louder than those on the U11.

On the software front, both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are supported, and that too can be triggered by using HTC’s Edge Sense squeezing action. You can assign one to activate on a light squeeze of the U11+ and the other on a stronger squeeze.

However, the HTC U11+ loses some of the design lusters of its predecessor, especially because it lacks the handsome ceramic, naughty HTC for the misleading title. The U11+ will be available to buy unlocked for £699 from November 20th in the UK.

HTC U11 Life (Android One)

Alongside its new flagship, the U11+, HTC has also announced a mid-range – the U11 Life. This model comes in two versions: Android One and Sense.

HTC will also be launching several devices under the Android One lineup. One of the phones, the mid-range life, is part of the U11 family of phones and uses a 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080 Super LCD display covered by Gorilla Glass. The U11 Life handset is powered by the Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 630 SoC with 3 or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable via a dedicated microSDXC slot.

What’s interesting here is both the front and rear-facing cameras pack a 16MP f/2.0 unit with 4K video recording, Phase Detection Auto Focus and “HDR Boost” featuring on the back camera. There’s a 2800mAh battery powering the device, charges through a USB Type-C port, and there’s Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, and Beidou on board. No 3.5mm headset jack though. One variant comes running Android Oreo out-of-the-box, and Sense U11 Life with Android Nougat.

Both versions of U11 Life has Amazon Alexa pre-installed along with Google Assistant and will be available in North America. The U11 Life supports Cat.11 LTE globally, with peak download speed of 600Mbps, and upload of up to 75Mbps.

HTC USonic earbuds are in the box, and finally, the Sense version is available in the US already, in Sapphire Blue, for $349. T-Mobile will be the exclusive carrier partner for the U11 Life stateside, with sales beginning at the magenta company today.

The Edge Sense can be found in the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, as well as on the HTC U11 Life as well. Speaking of the frame, HTC has the phone IP67 certified, making it ready to flirt with water splashes.

The same phone is out in Canada too, for CAD 449. The Android One iteration will be offered in an additional hue – Brilliant Black, but pricing and availability for that one will be confirmed market by market. The phone first launching in Germany for €379,00 (around $441.97). With the device reaching Europe and Asia-Pacific later this year and into 2018.

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