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Vodafone gets an HTC U11 life

Posted: 8 March 2018 12:44 pm
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HTC's more affordable but still squeezable phone is heading to Vodafone from the middle of the month.

While HTC didn't have a host of new phones to show off at MWC 2018, that doesn't mean it's out of the phone game to speak of. The newest handset to hit Australian shores, the mid-range priced HTC U11 life will be hitting Australian shores on 14 March, exclusively through Vodafone.

The HTC U11 life is a slimmed down version of the HTC U11, launched last year, but in the case of the newer phone, that "life" suffix is presumably centred around the fact that you'll be able to afford more of a life than you might out of the HTC U11 itself.

Like the HTC U11, you get HTC's "Edge Sense" squeezable sides (also found on the HTC-produced Google Pixel 2 and LG-made Google Pixel 2 XL), as well as IP67 water resistance. In Australia, we'll only see the HTC U11 life in the Brilliant Black finish.

The key selling point for the HTC U11 life is that it's an Android One phone, which means that it's designed to get updates directly from Google itself, rather than the somewhat slower update method that goes via each manufacturer. Quite how rapidly that will make its way through carrier approval is an open question, but in theory, an Android One phone should be more secure and more up to date than many other Android devices.

In Australia, the HTC U11 life will retail through HTC's own web site for $599 outright from 21 March, while Vodafone will provide it on a range of contract terms from 14 March.

Vodafone hasn't released its full contract pricing for the HTC U11 life, but you can expect it to follow Vodafone's usual untethered pricing model, where you pay off the handset on 12, 24 or 36 month terms, not including plan inclusions. We'll update as soon as we have Vodafone's plan pricing for the HTC U11 life.

HTC U11 life Specifications

Product Name
HTC U11 life
Display Size
5.2 inches
Resolution
1080x1920
PPI
424ppi
Processor
Snapdragon 630
RAM
4GB
Storage
64GB
Operating System
Android 8.0 with Android One
Front camera
16MP
Rear camera
16MP
Battery
2600mAh
Dimensions
2600mAh
Weight
149.1 x 72.9 x 8.1 mm
Price
$599 or on contract

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