HTC Unveils U11 Plus Flagship And U11 Life Mid-Range Handset

Nichole Vega
November 5, 2017

The HTC U11 Life isn't quite the same deal in terms of specs but offers some of the flagship's design and features in a mid-range handset.

There's an octa-core Snapdragon 630 chipset powering the HTC U11 Life.

The handset boasts a 16-megapixel camera up front and another 16-megapixel camera around back. You do get 4K video recording report support and for those wondering, there is an 8MP shooter at the front.

It comes in at 149.09 x 72.9 x 8.1mm and 142g, and it has an IP67 certified water and dust resistant build.

There is a fingerprint reader below the display and the same "liquid surface design" that HTC made famous with the original U11 earlier this year. To save costs and price the device in the sub-$400 range, this back panel is constructed of acrylic.

The phone is available beginning immediately unlocked on

The flash and camera are centered near the top of the back with the HTC logo about in the center of the back.

HTC U11+ is an answer to the Apple iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2.

The display is Super LCD and it looks great with accurate colors and excellent clarity. HTC told me that on the U.S. version, an Oreo build is expected to be out by the end of the month, but I'd expect the skinned, United States version to regularly lag behind the Android One version.

During our hands-on time the screen looked bright and crisp.

At the front is also a 16Mp camera with f/2.0 and HDR Boost. You can check out some sample full resolution photos in my Flickr album to judge the camera for yourself. The phone also includes key features from the U11 like Edge Sense and HTC's Sense software suite atop Android.

You also get monthly security patches for up to three years and guaranteed OS updates for two years. I expect to see Android O on this device in the near future.

The U11 Life is no slouch on the spec sheet.

There might not be HTC's BoomSound speakers here but there are still some features for audio fans. Also depending on where you buy it from, you may or may not receive a dual-SIM model. T-Mobile will launch it in carrier stores starting on November 3 for a price to be announced soon. It'll be added to the Smart Picks portfolio at T-Mobile, but it won't be marketed like a flagship phone, of course. So, why is the price so much lower?

The Moto X4 is similarly priced at $399.99 or $329.99 as an Amazon Prime Exclusive. Internal storage is also expandable up to 2 TB. However, the phone is not going to provide support for wireless charging. Given that the U11 already had a solid battery life, the larger battery could mean "real" two days of battery life. Also, since the life is not a Google phone, you can actually customize what the squeeze does, and even separate long squeezes and short squeezes as different gestures.

To be honest, there is very little compromise in using the HTC U11 Life compared to the HTC U11 and I didn't really miss the U11 with the U11 Life in hand.

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