Published: Fri, November 03, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

HTC officially announced its new flagship smartphone

HTC officially announced its new flagship smartphone

The handset, as the name suggests, is a souped up version of the company's great (if a little unfortunate) U11, which debuted earlier this year.

HTC U11 Life. Perhaps a misprint of Lite? You do get 4K video recording report support and for those wondering, there is an 8MP shooter at the front.

HTC has launched two new smartphones in its U11 series today.

The year 2017 is indeed well positioned to earn the title of "Year of Full-screen phones" because we might never witness this sort of surge in the adoption of full-screen design again. HTC added a huge battery and improved every area of the phone.

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HTC's latest smartphone goes up for pre-order on November 20th, although we don't have an actual release date yet. The U11+ will likely promise the same battery life with a 6-inch display. A global version will have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. It sports the same 12-megapixel UltraPixel 3 OIS camera like the U11. The device features multilayer glass backs - a smudge magnet, as you can see and it meets IP67 dust and waterproofing specs. On the U11 series, this feature is configurable. The device also packs the HTC Edge Sense feature that was originally introduced in the U11.The phone is available in three colours namely translucent Black, Ceramic Black and Amazing Silver. This is a set of pressure sensors on the left and right sides of the phone, and a squeeze can launch an action. Rs 60,000) in the United Kingdom for the 6GB + 128GB variant. However, HTC will not be promoting this version in U.S. as its intended market is around Europe, Asia, and the rest of the world. The smartphone is a stripped down version of the U11. Well, unless you live outside of the States - the phone will be launching under the Android One program internationally, which means it will bear a vanilla Android software experience. You can now map them to activate both Amazon's Alexa and the Google Assistant with different pressure strengths, or open a new, carousel-like menu of apps. My first time with this HTC device was encouraging, and I already consider it one of the most complete and compelling Android phones coming to the market this holiday season.

The U11 Life is a 5.2-incher that uses Qualcomm's parsimonious Snapdragon 630 chip and will retail for £349. The Sense version for North America will get 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage. There's also a microSD card slot if you need additional storage. The front sees a similar 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture, but only records videos in 1080p.

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. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, GPS, GLONASS and interestingly no 3.5mm headphone jack.

The U11 Life - which aims to be the HTC U11's almost identical, cheaper sibling - comes with free headphones in the box called HTC USonic.

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