HTC U11 Life review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Quick Verdict

The HTC U11 Life does cut out some of the fancy features of the HTC U11, but the inclusion of Android One marks it out as a good-value long-term phone investment.

The good

  • Android One means upgrades should come fast
  • Sense UI is more flexible than on the Pixel
  • Water resistant
  • Long-lasting battery

The bad

  • No headphone jack
  • Ordinary camera
  • Plastic body feels cheap
  • Weird USB C socket placement

HTC U11 Life at a glance

When did the HTC U11 Life come out? Available in Australia from 14 March 2018
What’s new about the HTC U11 Life? Android One, water resistance
How much does the HTC U11 Life cost? $599 outright or on contract

The HTC U11 Life cuts out some of the nicer features on the HTC U11, but the price cut and the inclusion of Android One means it's a great mid-range option.

HTC's biggest headline in 2017 was arguably when it announced that it was selling off a decent proportion of its IP as well as the employment contracts of many of its mobile development team directly to Google. That followed months of speculation that the Taiwanese smartphone maker was going to exit the smartphone business, although that didn't eventuate. 2017 saw the release of the HTC U11, a phone that more or less served as the prototype for the Google Pixel 2.

The HTC U11 Life is the somewhat cut-down version of the HTC U11, but it was released only after the Pixel 2 had been formally announced. While it's been available overseas for some time, it's only recently become available in Australia as a Vodafone exclusive.

As such, it's a cheaper HTC U11, but the inclusion of Android One means that it's also inherited just a little Pixel 2 DNA as well.


  • Cheaper version of the HTC U11 design
  • Includes water resistance
  • No headphone socket


  • Mid-range camera performance
  • Beauty mode can take face smoothing too far


  • Snapdragon 660 provides exactly the performance you'd expect
  • Android One gives the HTC U11 Life more longevity than most mid-range handsets
  • More open Edge Sense than on Google's own Pixel phones

Battery life

  • Superb battery life
  • Charging port is in a weird spot


  • Definitely worth comparing against other mid-range phones

Pricing and availability

HTC U11 Life

HTC's Pixel-lite Android One handset

The HTC U11 Life includes premium features and Android One at a price point way below premium flagships. Buy one outright or on contract through Vodafone

  • The HTC U11 Life sells outright for $599.
  • The HTC U11 Life is also available from Vodafone on contract plan terms.
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OS Android 8
Display size (inches) 5.2
Display resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Pixels per inch (PPI) 424
Processor Snapdragon 630
Height (mm) 149.1
Width (mm) 72.9
Depth (mm) 8.1
Weight (g) 142
Battery size (mAh) 2,600
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 64GB
MicroSD expansion 2TB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
Water resistance IP67
Rear camera (1) resolution 16
Rear camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 16
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 11
NFC support Yes
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Updated September 24th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage
MediaTek Helio P10
1920 x1080
Snapdragon 821
2560 x 1440
HTC Desire 650
HTC Desire 650
Snapdragon 400
1280 x 720
Snapdragon 630
1920 x 1080
Snapdragon 845
2880 x 1440
HTC One X10
HTC One X10
MediaTek Helio P10
1920 x 1080
Snapdragon 835
2560 x 1440

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