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HTC U11 Life

Sapphire Blue was one of the most popular colors of the HTC U11, and the HTC U Ultra before that, so it makes sense that the blue is the chosen color for the United States release.

Read on below for everything you need to know about the HTC U11 Life, including its price, release date, specs and features. What will be a bit more widely available, including in the U.S., is the HTC U11 life - an upper-midrange handset, made to look like the flagship.

All HTC's trimming, refining, and general fettling would be for naught if the U11 life was too expensive: it's certainly something which has hamstrung the company's earlier attempts at midrange phones.

With the HTC U11+ priced at £649, it's unsurprising if it's the kind of phone which is appealing but simply out of your budget. On the other, there are last year's flagships: eclipsed by newer silicon, but still often packing a more than capable punch.

You can also buy it unlocked directly from HTC for $349 if you prefer that route.

Whether or not it can compete with great value phones like the £379 Honor 9 is another question, though. Google Daydream is not supported by LCD screens though so you won't be using VR headsets with the HTC U11 Life. It has the same attractive color-changing blue finish as the U11, though the U11 life is made of acrylic instead of glass.

I think T-Mobile is the right carrier for this phone as people look for something affordable on one of the most cost-competitive carriers while also looking for a phone that stands out from the black and white slabes so prevalent today.

At the front things are fairly standard with regular sized bezels which below the screen make room for navigation buttons and a fingerprint scanner that's also the home button.

Like the HTC U11 and Pixel 2, the U11 Life is equipped with HTC's "Edge Sense" feature.




It's joining Google's Android One program.

The U11 Life is no slouch on the spec sheet.

The display is a bit smaller than the U11 at 5.2in and the resolution drops to Full HD. Plus, it has a price tag that won't break the bank. I could only have the volume set to about 70 percent maximum most of the time as audio is loud, crisp, clear, and simply stunning.

There are various differences when it comes to the internals that help HTC achieve a lower price point.

Out of the box there's Android 7.1 with HTC Sense, running on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 630 chipset. We wouldn't recommend putting the claims to the test yourself.

Pricing will be €799 in Europe and it won't be available in the USA. There is theme support, widgets, and a few other HTC custom features, but it is mostly a stock experience. The U11 Life unfortunately doesn't come with a 3.5 mm headphone jack, nor is HTC including a USB Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter in the box.

You can use one of them, both of them or neither of them, though HTC recommends Assistant for when you're out and about, and Alexa for when you're at home.

The phone has 12 megapixels UltraPixel 3 rear camera with Dual LED flash, Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF), BSI sensor, OIS, f/1.7 aperture, 1.4μm pixel and 4K video recording.

That's a whopping 16MP camera on the front. It's limited to 1080p video, though.

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