As anticipated, HTC has announced two new U-series smartphones – the HTC U11+ and HTC U11 Life. HTC U11+ is the company’s first smartphone with edge-to-edge display joining the likes of Samsung Galaxy S8 and others including the iPhone X. Expanding the Edge Sense availability to more devices, HTC has brought the ‘squeezable’ advantage to both new smartphones as well. While the HTC U11 runs HTC’s very own Sense UI on top of Android Oreo, the HTC U11 Life will be made available under Android One program in markets outside the United States, which means just the US variant with will encourage the Edge Sense attribute.
HTC has declared that the U11+ will probably be going on sale in “select markets.” It has been priced at EUR 799 (approximately Rs. 60,000). The HTC U11 Life, on the other hand, was launched with T-Mobile exclusive mobile carrier partnership and will be available to purchase in the US starting Thursday. It has been priced at $349 (approximately Rs. 23,000). The company is yet to announce the availability and pricing of their HTC U11 Life outside the United States. The Business is marketing the HTC U11 Life Android One as “Developed by HTC. Powered by Google.”
Considering that the HTC U11+ has already been listed about the company’s India site, we expect the smartphone to be found in the country soon. Obviously, that the HTC U11+ price in India isn’t know yet.
HTC U11+ specifications
For specifications, the premium HTC U11+ sport a 6-inch Quad HD+ Super LCD display with a screen resolution of 1440×2560 pixels and also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Under the hood, the phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC clocked at 2.45GHz combined with 6GB of RAM. The business states that the HTC U11+ will be available in 6GB with 128GB storage version just in Europe while remaining markets will receive a 4GB RAM with 64GB storage version.
On the camera front, the HTC U11+ sports 12-megapixel UltraPixel camera with autofocus, BSI detector, OIS, f/1.7 aperture, along with dual LED flash. In the front, there’s an 8-megapixel camera with BSI detector and f/2.0 aperture. The smartphone supports 4K video recording. The handset is backed by a 3930mAh battery also comes with QuickCharge 3.0 support. Connectivity options include USB Type-C 3.1, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, DLNA, and Miracast. It packs fingerprint scanner in the back panel. It measures 158.5×74.9×8.5mm and weighs 188 grams.
HTC U11+ will come with Google Assistant in addition to Amazon’s Alexa – both of which can be integrated with Edge Sense to launch with a squeeze. To remember, the Edge Sense was started on the HTC U11 earlier this year and it enables users to access apps, launch camera, or launching a voice assistant with squeeze gesture onto the sides. Aside from the two assistants, HTC U11+ will also come with the company’s Sense Companion which will find consumer routines and offer information as and when needed. The handset comes with a translucent glass back and will sport IP68 dust and water resistant certification. As mentioned earlier, the HTC U11+ will operate on Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box with all the company’s HTC Sense UI running on top.
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The HTC U11+ also packs HTC BoomSound and HTC USonic earbuds for improved audio experience. The business says that the BoomSound speaker on the HTC U11+ is the loudest it has ever placed on a smartphone and is 30 percent more rapid than HTC U11.
The HTC U11+ carefully mimics the liquid surface design first seen on the HTC U11. The new smartphone will be available in Ceramic Black, Amazing Silver, and Translucent Dark colours.
HTC U11 Life specifications
Coming to the HTC U11 Life, the smartphone will operate on Android Nougat with HTC Sense in the US while the Android One model will run stock Android 8.0 Oreo. It sports 5.2-inch full-HD Super LCD display and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass for protection. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor. The U11 Life will be made available in two versions: 3GB RAM with 32GB storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB storage. It supports expandable storage service via microSD card (up to 2TB).
The HTC U11 Life sports a 16-megapixel PDAF camera with BSI detector and f/2.0 aperture. In the front, there is a 16-megapixel camera. The HTC U11 Life will also come with HTC USonic with Active Noise Cancellation earphones. The HTC U11 Life packs IP67 rating and sports fingerprint scanner in the front. It steps 149×72.9×8.1mm and weighs 142 grams.