Despite going through a lot of changes in the last few months, HTC is continuing to do what other phone makers are doing heading into the busy holiday shopping season -- introduce new devices. This week saw the Taiwanese phone maker officially announce a couple of handsets, namely the HTC U11 Plus and the HTC U11 Life.
As its name suggests, the HTC U11 Plus is basically a phablet version of the company’s earlier flagship offering this year, the HTC U11. The bigger sibling comes with an imposing 6 inch Super LCD 6 display with a Quad HD+ resolution of 2,880 by 1,440 pixels, and a screen aspect ratio of 18 to 9. HTC made the decision to make the HTC U11 Plus as bezel-less as possible, so the fingerprint reader had to be moved from the front side (as seen on the regular HTC U11) to the rear side. The device is armed with a 12 megapixel main camera on the back, as well as an 8 megapixel selfie shooter on the front.
Inside the HTC U11 Plus’ stylish frame is an eight core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip set, supported by either 4 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) and 64 gigabytes of built in storage, or 6 gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigabytes of onboard memory. Other notable features include a non-removable 3,930 mAh battery and Google’s Android 8.0 Oreo mobile operating system. Oh, the HTC U11 Plus also manages to improve on the HTC U11’s IP67 rating by offering a higher IP68 score for water resistance and dust resistance.
The HTC U11 Plus comes with a price of about $927, but alas -- no release date has been confirmed yet for the United States mobile market.
Now for the HTC U11 Life -- this device is simply the budget friendly version of the HTC U11. The pricing is pretty much evident of that -- the U11 Life’s $349 versus the regular U11’s $649. Despite sharing the overall look of the phone maker’s flagship, there are some noticeable differences. For instance, the HTC U11 Life is smaller with a 5.2 inch display (with a resolution of 1,080 pixels) as compared to the U11’s 5.5 inch screen. Also, the camera specs have been toned down a bit, with the U11 Life sporting a 12 megapixel main camera on the rear side(the U11 has a 16 megapixel sensor). The front side camera, however, continues to be a 16 megapixel offering.
With regards to hardware specifications, the HTC U11 Life’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 is a bit tame compared to the flagship standard Snapdragon 835, while the memory specs have been bumped down to 3 gigabytes RAM and 32 gigabytes storage (from 4 gigabytes RAM and 64 gigabytes storage).
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