Together with the full-fledged U11 Plus flagship smartphone at a special event, HTC also introduced a new mid-range device that provides most of the same features at a considerably lower price – U11 Life. The device will certainly be of great popularity.
The HTC U11 Life is available in two versions: the first one – with the HTC Sense corporate identity over Android 7.1 Nougat (Oreo firmware is promised in the next 30 days) and the pre-installed Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants; the second with the reference platform Google Android One (of course, Oreo is available immediately, as well as updates directly from the search giant).
Technically, both smartphones are identical: the buyer will receive a 5.2-inch Super LCD screen with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, a moisture-proof and dust-proof housing rated at IP67 (can be immersed at depths up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes). The basis is a 14-nm single-chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (4 powerful Cortex A72 CPU cores and 4 power-efficient Cortex A53, Adreno 510 graphics), 3 GB expansion and 32 GB internal flash memory (there is also a 4 GB RAM version). and a 64GB flash drive). In both cases, the capacity can be expanded with the help of microSD cards.
HTC has equipped the 16-megapixel camera with a f / 2.0 aperture, autofocus with phase detection and 4K video recording support at 30 frames / sec. On the front side is also a 16-megapixel sensor f / 2.0, but less-dimensional and removes the video only in a resolution of up to 1080p at 30 frames / sec.
U11 life supports LTE Cat.11 with peak download speeds up to 600 Mbps and up to 75 Mbps. Also available are Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, GPS, GLONASS and Beidou. As in older models, there is no mini-jack. The 2600 mAh battery is charged via a USB-C port, and Quick Charge 3.0 is supported.
The fingerprint sensor is not located on the back, but under the screen. Like in other U series devices, the Liquid Surface housing design is used: the back side is covered with durable acrylic multi-layer glass with highly reflective materials, which makes the color of the device change even with slight movement.
As in older models, there is Edge Sense technology that allows you to perform various actions like activating the voice assistant by compressing the frames. Includes USonic headphones with active noise suppression included. The dimensions of the smartphone are 149.1 × 72.9 × 8.1 mm, and the weight – 142 grams.
The 3-gigabyte Sense version of Sapphire Blue in the US costs $ 350. The Android One version will also be released in the “Diamond Black” version, and its cost and availability will vary considerably depending on the market.