HTC U11 Life review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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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.

5.2 inches

Display size

1080 x 1920px

64GB

Internal storage

16 MP

Rear camera

2,600 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Average vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
5.2 inches
Resolution
1080 x 1920px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
424 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
16MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.0
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
16MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
149.1mm x 72.9mm x 8.1mm
Weight
142g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 11

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 630
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 8
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 2TB
Battery capacity
2,600mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP67
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$599
Launch date2018-03
HTC U11 Life

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'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.

Design

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

Camera

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

Performance

  • 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

Verdict

  • Definitely worth comparing against other mid-range phones

Pricing and availability

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HTC U11 Life specs

Display

Display Size
5.2 inches
Resolution
1080 x 1920px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
424 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
16MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/2.0
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
16MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
149.1mm x 72.9mm x 8.1mm
Weight
142g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 11

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 630
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 8
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 2TB
Battery capacity
2,600mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP67
Wireless charging
No

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