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The devices launched by the smartphone maker are known as U11 Plus and the U11 Life. Do you miss out on a lot? There is also a 24-bit DAC chip present. However, there is no information available about the pricing and availability of Android One variant. The U11 Life is a competent new Android One addition, but the U.S. models will have HTC Sense, not stock Android.

Unlike the regular U11 that the Life mimics, the back of the phone is acrylic, not glass. Don't rush to the conclusion that the midranger actually has a better camera, however. This is an expensive phone with flagship specs, features, and a price to match.

The HTC U11, one of the most revered phone of 2017 and now it has been refurbished and amplified as current U11 Plus model, lately proclaimed by HTC today. Now we know why: that's what it was initially intended and created to be. The former version features stock Android 8.0 Oreo minus HTC's own Sense UI overlay and will be globally available. The Android One version of the smartphone will be offered in Sapphire Blue and Brilliant Black, while the Sense version only comes in Blue.

There is no headphone jack in the U11+ but what you do get is 30 percent louder BoomSound speakers.

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.

"The U11 life's screen is a 5.2" 1920x1080 LCD unit. HTC will be offering the U11+ in two memory configurations: 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage. At the front, there is another 16MP camera with f/2.0 aperture, BSI sensor, HDR, and 1080p video recording support. The cameras, on the other hand, remain the same, while the fingerprint reader has been relocated below the rear shooter to accommodate the larger display. Both sensors have the same f/2.0 aperture, which is wide enough for enhanced performance in low-light conditions.

In closing, the HTC U11+ features an IP68 dust and water-resistant rating. Rather than relying Bluetooth or a special dongle, however, HTC opted for USB-C headphones that plug into the phone's charging port. That includes the Edge Sense technology as well with a new circular menu option now on offer as well to launch your most used apps.

The U11 Life even works together with the buds to create a personalized audio profile to further enhance your listening experience, which let HTC's pack-in earbuds (which the company values at around $40) deliver fuller, richer audio than the $140 B&O H3 earbuds I usually use.


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