HTC U11 Life Android One phone launched: Specs, price and more

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HTC U11 Life Android One phone launched: Specs, price and more

The U11 Plus isn't alone either, as it launched alongside the HTC U11 Life, but we've put together a separate guide where you can learn everything about that phone. The smartphone has been released in two variants- Android One and Sense. 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). To be mentioned, U11 life also features Edge sense technology which lets you launch apps or perform certain actions, and lacks a 3.5mm audio jack.

Mini versions of phones have all but gone away with only really Sony offering this type of device with, most recently, the Xperia XZ1 Compact. The slender bezels can not be compared to Samsung and LG's extreme Galaxy S8 and V30 designs, but they unquestionably are the thinnest that HTC has produced for a very long time. The 6-inch display of the Plus is a lot larger than the original U11's, however, the dimensions of the handset remain reasonable. The company is yet to announce pricing and availability for other markets including India.

A few rumors suggested the phone will arrive in early December, but that's all we have to go on. We've put together this guide to tell you everything you need to know about the new device previously known as Ocean Master.

Coming to the hardware, the HTC U11 Life is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset coupled with Adreno 510 GPU. So while many other companies - Apple included - have ditched the headphone jack with the promise of something better, HTC is the first company to actually successfully do that. The new HTC flagship sports a 6-inch Super LCD 6 screen with Quad HD+ (2880x1440p) resolution and Gorilla Glass 5.

The screen on the U11 Plus has an aspect ratio of 18:9, which means it fills more of the phone and the company has been able to cut down the bezels to make it nearly all screen on the front. The front sees an 8-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. 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.

While the biggest difference between the U11 and the U11+ is the display, that isn't the only area that received improvements. Internationally, the HTC U11 Life will be available through Google's Android One Program. Here's the full rundown for those interested. The battery has been upgraded to a 3930mAh unit, so battery life should be significantly better than the U11. The phone has silver or black options, as well as that rumoured translucent colour, which is a semi-transparent black (or greyish) hue with some interesting detailing visible under the glass; this looks really cool, I just wish it wasn't mirror finish still. But those touches turn a relatively cheap pair of buds and a relatively cheap phone into one of the coolest - and most accessible - gadgets I've used lately. It's pretty neat, and you can see the big NFC coil in the middle back of the phone.

Inside the U11 Life is a 2600mAh battery, not too much smaller than the 3000mAh one found in the U11. Although that could change in the near future. When I spent some hands-on time with the U11 Plus, that fingerprint reader struck me as being essentially the same as that on Google's Pixel phones. In the United Kingdom, the smartphone will become available starting November 20.

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