HTC’s mbadive announcement at the moment is the brand new U11 Plus, however that’s not the one factor it’s bringing out. The firm can also be increasing the U line within the different route with the brand new U11 Life, a lower-tier mannequin that includes among the design components and options from the U11, however at a cheaper price.
Unlike the U11 Plus, the U11 Life shall be coming to the US, and T-Mobile shall be promoting the system beginning on November third. In addition, HTC will promote the cellphone unlocked by means of its web site beginning at the moment for $349.
From a distance, the U11 Life appears to be like all however indistinguishable from the U11 correct. It has HTC’s new “liquid surface” design language with two exceptionally shiny panels that meld right into a metallic body. It is available in the identical hanging Sapphire Blue that the U11 is obtainable in. The black entrance incorporates a 16:9 show, fingerprint scanner, and buttons for again and up to date apps.
Other similarities embrace badist for HTC’s Edge Sense characteristic, which helps you to squeeze the edges of the cellphone to launch apps or carry out actions. The U11 Life lacks a headphone jack, nevertheless it does include the identical surprisingly good USB Type-C headphones that embrace energetic noise cancelation as the usual U11. The U11 Life additionally has the identical IP67 water and mud resistance as its dearer sibling.
But when you transcend the floor, you see the place cuts had been made to convey the U11 Life right down to the worth it’s at. The again panel is now acrylic as a substitute of glbad, and it feels subsequently much less premium. (HTC says it’s additionally extra vulnerable to scratching than the Gorilla Glbad panel on the U11, however on the plus facet, it shouldn’t crack or shatter as simply.) The entrance glbad panel doesn’t curve into the body just like the U11’s, and the body isn’t metallic, however painted plastic. The web impact is a tool that appears to be like premium, however doesn’t really feel so good whenever you choose it up.
The U11 Life’s LCD display is barely smaller, at 5.2 inches, and has a 1080p decision as a substitute of the 2K panel on the higher-end mannequin. Inside, the cellphone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (within the US, a 4GB / 64GB mannequin will even be obtainable globally), plus microSD card badist. Both entrance and rear cameras have 16 megapixels of decision and f/2.zero aperture lenses, however no optical stabilization. The cellphone is powered by a 2,600mAh battery and comes with a 10 watt charger within the field.
HTC shall be promoting two completely different variations of the U11 Life, relying on the place you reside. In North America, the U11 Life will launch with Android 7.1.1 Nougat and HTC’s Sense software program, however elsewhere it will likely be an Android One system working Android eight.zero Oreo out of the field. An replace to Oreo for the North American mannequin is anticipated to reach earlier than the top of November.
No matter which model you get, the U11 Life does supply some high-end options and design at a a lot cheaper price than we normally see. Things like Edge Sense and water resistance are options sometimes reserved for premium telephones and are hardly ever discovered on gadgets that price lower than $400. If you’re capable of stay with the main points not fairly being as much as the extent of HTC’s premium gadgets, then the U11 Life may be a compelling system at a relative cut price value.