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HTC U11 Life announced: A great design at an affordable price

by Brandon Russell | November 2, 2017November 2, 2017 12:01 am PST

When HTC launched the U11, it offered a supreme blend of style and functionality, introducing the “squeeze” feature that would eventually come to the Pixel 2. Now, the Taiwanese company is adding another member to the U11 family, one that’s smaller but no less exciting.

The HTC U11 Life carries over many of the U11’s best features, including Edge Sense, that glimmering design, and clean software. It’s like the U11 was put into a shrink machine and the U11 Life came out. Which is a good thing, because the U11 Life has a lot to offer at a pretty affordable price.

For $349, the U11 sports a 5.2-inch Full HD display, Android 7.1 with HTC Sense, Edge Sense features, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chip, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 16-megapixel camera with an f/2.0 aperture and 2600mAh battery. It also supports both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, along with IP67 water and dust resistance.

Sadly, the U11 Life carries over HTC’s decision to ditch the headphone jack. The good news is HTC is offering what it’s calling USonic headphones, which provide noise cancellation and Hi-Res audio certified 24-bit sound quality. We’ve come to expect HTC phones to offer great sound and the U11 is no different.

HTC is also offering an Android One version of the U11 Life, but that’s being targeted for the global audience. The version with HTC Sense we just detailed is coming to the U.S. and Canada. Consumers can pick up an unlocked U11 Life in sapphire blue beginning today for $349. The device will also be available on November 3 through T-Mobile.

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.