As expected, HTC has announced two new U-series smartphones – that 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 along with many others including the iPhone X. Expanding the Edge Sense availability to more devices, HTC has attracted the ‘squeezable’ advantage to both new smartphones too. While the HTC U11 runs HTC’s own Sense UI on top of Android Oreo, the HTC U11 Life will be made available under Android One app in markets outside the US, which means only the US variant with will encourage the Edge Sense feature.
HTC U11 Life and HTC U11+ price
HTC has announced that the U11+ will be going on sale in “select markets.” It has been priced at EUR 799 (roughly Rs. 60,000). The HTC U11 Life, on the other hand, has been 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 Business is yet to announce the availability and pricing of the HTC U11 Life outside the United States. The Business is marketing the HTC U11 Life Android One as “Created by HTC.
Considering that the HTC U11+ has already been listed on the company’s India site, we expect the smartphone to be launched in the country soon. Obviously, that the HTC U11+ price in India isn’t know yet.
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. Underneath the hood, the phone is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC clocked at 2.45GHz coupled with 6GB of RAM. The company 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. At the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera with BSI detector and f/2.0 aperture. The handset is backed by a 3930mAh battery and comes with QuickCharge 3.0 support. It packs fingerprint scanner at the back panel. It measures 158.5×74.9×8.5mm and weighs 188 g.
HTC U11+ will come with Google Assistant as well as Amazon’s Alexa – both of which can be integrated with Edge Sense to start with a squeeze. To remember, the Edge Sense has been 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 on the sides. Apart from the two assistants, HTC U11+ will also arrive with the company’s Sense Companion which will learn consumer routines and offer information as and if needed. The handset comes with a translucent glass back and will sport IP68 water and dust resistant certification. As mentioned earlier, the HTC U11+ will run 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 company states that the BoomSound speaker around the HTC U11+ is the loudest it has ever put on a smartphone also is 30 percent louder than HTC U11.
The HTC U11+ closely mimics the liquid surface design first seen on the HTC U11. The new smartphone will soon be available in Ceramic Black, Amazing Silver, and Translucent Dark colours.
Coming to the HTC U11 Life, the smartphone will run on Android Nougat with HTC Sense in the US while the Android One model will operate stock Android 8.0 Oreo. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chip. The U11 Life will be made available in 2 versions: 3GB RAM with 32GB storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB storage. It supports expandable storage support via microSD card (up to 2TB).
The HTC U11 Life sports a 16-megapixel PDAF camera with BSI detector and f/2.0 aperture. At the front, there is a 16-megapixel camera. The HTC U11 Life will also come with HTC USonic with Active Noise Cancellation earphones. It comes with 2600mAH battery with QuickCharge 3.0 support. The HTC U11 Life packs IP67 rating and sports fingerprint scanner in the front. It steps 149×72.9×8.1mm and weighs 142 g.