HTC U11 Life: Mid-range with a killer feature

We do know one thing that it is not coming to the US.

In the U.S., the HTC U11 Life runs Android 7.1 with HTC's Sense skin. Read about both new HTC phones here.

- What will it cost?

To keep it alive is a 2600mAh battery unit that is charged via USB-C port and software-wise, you get Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but HTC says the U11 Life will get Oreo before the end of this month.

You'll be able to buy the phone in the United Kingdom, but there are now no plans from HTC to bring the phone to the US.

The device had already leaked nearly in full yesterday, and it looks like the information was mostly correct.

The U11 Life's pic is a little on the dark side, but overall, I think it's picture is more satisfying to look at. There is no word on the pricing in other countries right now. The 6-inch display of the Plus is a lot larger than the original U11's, however, the dimensions of the handset remain reasonable. "For comparison's sake, the regular U11 has a 5.5" 2560x1440 screen and a 3000 mAh juice box. Dimensions are 158.5 x 74.9 x 8.5mm and it weighs a hefty 188g, which is a bit more than the previous U11 at 169g. The HTC U11+ is IP68 rated water and dust resistant and due to the thin bezels, the fingerprint sensor is now placed below the rear-mounted camera. The screen offers a 1440 x 2880 pixels resolution, ensuring a great visual experience.

The display is a 5.2-inch FHD LCD with a 16:9 aspect ratio. You do get 4K video recording report support and for those wondering, there is an 8MP shooter at the front.

The U11 didn't bring a headphone jack and the U11 Plus has done the same. The HTC U11 features a 3,000mAh battery while the U11 Plus has a 3,930mAh battery.

The partnership does include slapping Google's dud AndroidOne brand on one of its devices for the first time - and it's also the first time the Landfill™ brand has been used in mature Western markets.

Piggy-backing from the HTC U11 flagship, the mid-range U11 Life includes several HTC specific features, including Edge Sense. It's called the U11 Life and although this handset seems pretty uninteresting on paper, it does have one very interesting trick up its sleeve. This is flanked by either 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage, or 6GB of 128GB of onboard storage, depending on the model a person chooses. In both cases, the storage is expandable up to 2TB via microSD card. That means you can squeeze the edges of the phone to launch features.

Of course, the U11 life has a second shortcut option, Edge Sense. The U11 Plus is the first HTC phone to feature a fingerprint sensor on the back for a long time, maybe as far back as the HTC One Max in 2013.

  • Carolyn Briggs