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  • HTC U11 Life review: The U11's affordable cousin is one of the best mid-rangers

It's more attractive than the Pixel and iPhone, but not quite on the same level as the latest Note.

"The question you asked is too tough, I don't know how to answer you", Chang replied, followed by a long pause.

And there's a fingerprint scanner so you can easily unlock the phone.

Where HTC has changed things is on the front. It's a bit like the HTC U Play but with some U11 bits and pieces thrown in.

XDA Developers spotted the HTC-made device within the AOSP last week and, although it's not exactly the same as the device unveiled today, it bears numerous hallmarks of the new HTC U11 Plus. It's large, sharp and built for watching TV shows and films on. The smartphone features a 5.2-inch Full HD Super LCD screen with Gorilla Glass. We wouldn't recommend putting the claims to the test yourself.

The HTC U11 Life is clad in acrylic glass, which is a different and slightly cheaper feeling glass than the kind used by the HTC U11 Plus. The U11+ runs Android 8.0 Oreo with HTC Sense on top.

Unfortunately though, it isn't a pure version of Oreo.

Here is where the HTC U11+ nails it perfectly; despite having a 18:9 aspect ratio and a 6-inch display, you will find a 3,930mAh battery. This didn't blow us away in our U11 review but can now be programmed to do whatever you want - zoom on Google Maps, turn a page on the Kindle app etc. And I don't mean just for the time being - HTC made it sound like there are absolutely no plans to bring this phone here. Squeeze the lower half of the phone and, by default, the camera launches.


The U11+ also comes pre-loaded with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, two voice assistants. For example, you can activate Alexa on the U11 by saying "Hey Alexa", but you can't with the U11 Life.

Something that separates the U11+ from other handsets on the market is a feature called Edge Sense. HTC has added a fingerprint sensor below the screen on the U11 Life.

My favourite use-case for it, however, is taking pictures.

Better still, it's completely reprogrammable and HTC says you can use it on any app.

Speaking of gimmicks, Edge Sense is back as well, naturally.

Thoughts on the U11 Life?

The specs are mostly mid-level, but you will also find a pair of the USonic earbuds, that employ a customized audio setup with active noise cancellation, in the box for an awesome audio experience.

The HTC U11 Life has a 16MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, a phase detection autofocus and a heap of features, including a pro mode with manual controls and RAW format support, plus the ability to film in up to 4K quality or in slow motion. It packs 3930mAh built-in battery with QuickCharge 3.0. It also has a massive 3,930mAh battery, which is more than the Pixel 2 XL has and even bigger than the source code suggests muskie would have had.

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