The HTC U11 Life will be available exclusively from T-Mobile starting tomorrow, November 3rd. The global version seems far superior: it's an Android One phone, which means it ships with stock Android and no bloatware, and it's shipping with a newer version of Android-8.0 Oreo! As we mentioned, this is a stripped down version of the HTC U11, so the battery inside the U11 Life is also smaller at 2600mAh. It is probably the best smartphone HTC has ever delivered, and it really competes nicely with other flagships too. Instead, there's a rather sizable difference between what Google ordered and what HTC has in the U11 Plus. The tall display doesn't even strike us as being odd anymore.
It has been rumored for several weeks now that HTC was coming out with a new smartphone that has a full front display, and it turns out the chatter was true. The latter is a version of the flagship U11, but with a new, 18:9 display to meet current trands. The screen offers a 1440 x 2880 pixels resolution, ensuring a great visual experience.
In terms of hardware, the U11 Plus follows in the footsteps of the original U11 by housing Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. Memory and storage wise it will come in two variants- 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage globally and 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage in North America. The users can expand the storage up to 2TB via microSD card.More news: Dustin Hoffman, Brett Ratner accused of sexual harassment
All of this runs on Android 8.0 Oreo with the HTC Sense UI on top, it also has the Edge Sense feature on the lower surround which allows you to squeeze the phone to launch certain apps or features, and HTC has made this more customisable than before.
One thing that seems to have changed to the detriment of the new model is the camera setup. However, for people looking for a tiny bit more detail, the Life's 16-megapixel rear camera does have a slight advantage over the 12-megapixel cam in the Moto x4.
At the front is also a 16Mp camera with f/2.0 and HDR Boost. HTC added a huge battery and improved every area of the phone. The Plus rocks a 3.930mAh battery, which is quite wonderful compared to the HTC U11's 3.000mAh energy pack. It still has a metallic back, which means no wireless charging. Sure, the HTC's photo is more under-exposed than the Moto X4's, but the U11 Life's is noticeably less noisy, features better color saturation, and is generally sharper that its competition. There is no word on the phone's availability in the Indian market as of now. However, HTC will not be promoting this version in United States as its intended market is around Europe, Asia, and the rest of the world.