Hands-on: HTC U11 Life review

HTC U11 Plus review: HTC is back, but is this slight upgrade worth the wait?

The HTC U11 Life is affordable, beautiful, and coming to Android One

Here's our initial hands-on HTC U11 Life review. Want to know more details?

The HTC U11 Life, on the other hand, is a mid-range phone, and it also comes with "Edge Sense".

Compared with the eventual LG-made Pixel 2 XL, the HTC U11 matches the 6-inch, 18:9, 2880 x 1440 resolution display. It's super shiny and has a unique mirror-like finish that makes it stand out amongst the other mid-range handsets on the market. Like most new flagships released this year, the panel covers the DCI-P3 color gamut and supports HDR playback.

Other than that, the HTC U11 Plus sees slightly improved IP-68 dust- and water-resistance, and has a bigger 3,930mAh battery.

It has some solid under-the-hood specs.

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Although we're impressed with the design of the U11 Life, it's the specs on offer that really show why it's a lot cheaper.

On the inside the HTC U11+ has a Snapdragon 835 chip, with either 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage or 6/128GB, depending on region.

The primary camera at the rear is a single 12-megapixel UltraPixel 3 unit with large 1.4um pixels, an f/1.7 aperture lens, UltraSpeed autofocus, and optical image stabilization.

It's not all sunshine and roses.

There's no headphone jack, and no headphone jack adapter in the box, but it does come with a pair of HTC USB-C headphones.

It's joining Google's Android One program. The worldwide version seems far superior: it's an Android One phone, which means it ships with stock Android and no bloatware, and it's shipping with a newer version of Android-8.0 Oreo! 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.

It's running Android Nougat, but not for long.

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The non-Android One version has Amazon Alexa built in.

Perhaps Google would have been better off opting for the HTC-made devices across the board? It doesn't have dual wake word capabilities though, so the experience is going to be a little different. Design and display size The U11 life is not a carbon copy of the U11.

There's also something called the Edge Launcher, a wheel that pops onto the screen from either the left- or right-hand side, which places apps, contacts and quick settings within reach of your thumb. Both variants will be available in a number of countries out there, while the 3GB RAM model only will ship to North America, says HTC.

It won't cost you an arm and a leg.

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XDA Developers spotted the HTC-made device within the AOSP last week and, although it's not exactly the same as the device unveiled today, it bears numerous hallmarks of the new HTC U11 Plus.

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