HTCU11Lifehands-on Review


Life is brief … no, we suggest Life is brief for Lifestyle. The HTC U11 Life absolutely appreciates great living, yet it will not make you spend your life at work. Cost, flagship looks and also commendable specifications were the objectives HTC established for itself when developing this phone.

The U11 Life has a little a split personality. In a lot of the world, it will certainly be an Android One phone releasing with Oreo. In the United States, it will certainly introduce with Nougat as well as HTC Sense, though an Oreo update is just a month away.

Android One has come to be fashionable lately as Pixels went for costs prices as well as there are couple of other options for unmodded Android. This specific phone has an unique design with the U11-like back – the back has a distinctive transparent finish and also it transforms shades relying on light and seeing angle.

HTC U11 Life at a glimpse

So the style of the U11 Life is an online duplicate of the a lot more pricey U11. As well as it shares its love of photography and music as well.

See, the costly Google Pixel 2 does not included earphones in package. This HTC does and not simply any set, yet USonic headphones with sound termination. The phone is likewise Hi-Res sound licensed, you do not obtain this degree of interest to appear from numerous others (apart from Sony, probably).

The video camera is additionally a centerpiece of the HTC U11 Life. It’s not going to beat the huge U11 in a neck and neck fight, however the 16MP sensing unit is helped by the very same HDR Boost formula. And it’s capable of 4K video capture as well.

While it won’t run Android One in the United States, HTC has actually partnered with T-Mobile to supply hostile rates. The provider will include it in its “Smart Picks” listing of best value phones that are readily available in all of its retail locations.

Anyway, Android One is obtaining popularity as people obtained tired of overstuffed skins and slow-moving (if any) updates. These days the majority of people update their phones either because they want a far better cam or because the software application got as well sluggish. The HTC U11 Life should be quite futureproof on both.


The HTC U11 Life will certainly be cost $350 opened in the US – half what a flagship prices, says HTC. The phone absolutely falls on the costs side of the mid-range sector.

We could see someone choosing one up instead of a Pixel 2 with Google’s poor handling of the launch of its brand-new flagship. Yet after that there are some outstanding stock Android phones that released just recently, so it’s not without competitors.

Can the U11 Life defeated the Moto X4? The noise-canceling earphones in the retail bundle absolutely provide it an upper hand and HTC has the top hand in rates (particularly if you select T-Mobile). We do wish HTC maintained the stereo speakers as they would certainly have made this easier to position this as an audio-centric phone.

Another angle would be get the Life as a cam phone. It will not displace the flagship U11, however we saw solid performance in both night and day digital photography, selfies ended up fairly great as well. You can include HDR Boost and 4K video clip to the list of points we liked concerning the cam.

As in the past, the Side Sense is a little a trick but the Google Pixels have it also. It’s not the very first time we bring up the Pixels and also it has more to do than just HTC developing the kid.

Android One (readily available outside the United States) makes the HTC U11 Life a budget-friendly alternative to the Pixel 2, not to mention one you can actually get. Sure, the chipset isn’t nearly as quick however most of people don’t need that level of efficiency anyhow.

You’re getting a strong display, waterproofing, better audio out of package as well as one strong electronic camera (if not rather Pixel-great). It appears that HTC got fairly a whole lot right.

  • Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
  • 2G bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
  • 3G bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
  • 4G bands: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700), 66(1700/2100)
  • Speed: HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (3CA) Cat11 600/75 Mbps
  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • Launch
  • Announced: 2017, November
  • Status: Available. Released 2017, December
  • Body
  • Dimensions: 149.1 x 72.9 x 8.1 mm (5.87 x 2.87 x 0.32 in)
  • Weight: 142 g (5.01 oz)
  • Build: Plastic body
  • Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • – IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)
  • Display
  • Type: Super LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 5.2 inches, 74.5 cm2 (~68.6% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~424 ppi density)
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Platform
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); Android One
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SDM630 Snapdragon 630 (14 nm)
  • Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
  • Adreno 508
  • Memory
  • Card slot: microSD, up to 512 GB (dedicated slot) – single-SIM modelmicroSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual-SIM model
  • Internal: 64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
  • Main Camera
  • Single: 16 MP, PDAF, f/2.0
  • Features: LED flash, HDR, panorama
  • Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps
  • Selfie camera
  • Single: 16 MP, f/2.0
  • Features: HDR, panorama
  • Video: 1080p@30fps
  • Sound
  • Alert types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm jack: No
  • – 24-bit/192kHz audio
    – Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • Comms
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
  • Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • Yes
  • Radio: No
  • 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • Features
  • Sensors: Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
  • Browser: HTML5
  • – MP4/H.264 player
    – MP3/eAAC+/WAV player
    – Photo/video editor
    – Document viewer
  • Battery
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery
  • Stand-by: Up to 670 h (3G)
  • Talk time: Up to 17 h (3G)
  • Misc
  • Colors: Brilliant Black, Sapphire Blue, Ice White
  • Price: About 210 EUR
  • Tests
  • Performance: Basemark OS II: 1461 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 1342Basemark X: 14286
  • Display: Contrast ratio: 1529:1 (nominal), 3.108 (sunlight)
  • Camera: Photo / Video
  • Loudspeaker: Voice 70dB / Noise 75dB / Ring 88dB
  • Battery life: Endurance rating 73h
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