HTC U11+ Release: What You Need to Know


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. It can also be tweaked to work with different apps, meaning you can potentially use it for zooming into maps without obscuring the screen itself.

The new HTC U11 Plus improves on the original in almost every category.

Although we're impressed with the design of the U11 Life, it's the specs on offer that really show why it's a lot cheaper.

During our hands-on time the screen looked bright and crisp. Starting with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, a mid-tier processor. While the getting a U11 Life version with HTC's Sense UI on top, the rest of the world will be getting the Android One version of the same phone. We'll test out performance including benchmarks soon. Not in North America, however, where it will have HTC's Sense instead. Powering the whole package is a 2600mAh battery, and to recharge that battery, the U11 Life has a USB Type-C port. Although it's a pity that HTC moved the DAC out of the phone (it's in the bundled USB-C to audio jack dongle) this year, it still lives up to billing as one of the best out of the box sound experiences on the market.

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I'm guessing that without the noise canceling and custom audio profiles, HTC's earbuds wouldn't very special. There's also an adapter should you want to use a set of cans with a regular 3.5mm jack.

This is all being powered by a 3,930mAh cell inside the phone that HTC hopes will last you the whole day from a single charge. Up front is another 16MP snapper for selfies and video calls. It's limited to 1080p video, though. When can you get one and for how much? Apart from these two, it will also have its own Sense companion like the HTC U11. The back of the phone has the same 12-MP picture-taker with optical and electronic image stabilization as the U11, and the user-facing camera is now an 8-MP unit with a wider 85° field-of-view. At the same time, a great numerous truths we're meant to cling to today depend greatly on our own point of view.

Close observers of the Android rumor mill will know that Google made an abrupt change to its Pixel phone plans this summer, shelving its original successor to the Pixel XL, which was codenamed "muskie", in favor of another device bearing the code title of "taimen".

My point here is that the U11 Life looks like a great phone, but at a price of $349, mediocre specs and worse of all, no support for Google Project Fi (at least), HTC seems to be headed into one of those famous pits it has recently been digging for itself.