HTC, the brand owned by Google launched HTC U11 Life and HTC U11+ on both US and EU market. Though HTC U11 is the normal smartphone, the HTC U11+ goes against the other premium flagship smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Apple iPhone X, and LG V30 with its all-new 18:9 aspect ratio screen.
The HTC U11 Life is the first smartphone from the OEM under the Android One programme with the software taken care by Google engineers. The HTC U11 Life is priced at $349 (₹ 21,000) and the premium HTC U11+ is priced at 799 Euros (₹ 60,000). So, let’s look at the technical specifications of the same.
HTC U11 Life:
The HTC U11 Life features a 5.2-inch FHD IPS LCD screen, protected by 2.5D curved tempered glass on the top. HTC uses the processor manufactured from Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa-core SoC, paired with 4 GB LPDDR3 RAM and 64 GB onboard flash storage with a dedicated micro SD card slot (up to 256 GB).
In terms of connectivity, the device offers either single or dual SIM card slots with 4G LTE and VoLte capability with standard features like WiFi and WiFi Hotspot with Bluetooth 5.0 capability. On to the optics, the device offers a 16 MP rear-facing camera PDAF and 4K video recording capability, For the selfie enthusiasts, the device offers another 16 MP shooter with video recording limited to 1080p.
As mentioned earlier, the software department on this device will be taken care by Google, so, one can expect faster Android updates with security updates for the next 24 months. The device packs a slightly smaller 2600 mAh Li-ion battery with Qualcomm Quick charge 3.0 capability.
The HTC U11+ is the premium flagship smartphone from the brand (third flagship in 2017). Just like the HTC U11 Life, the HTC U11+ also offers premium all glass build quality with additional premium features like wireless charging and taller 18:9 aspect ratio display.
The device offers a 6.0-inch QHD+ IPS LCD screen with all new cinematic 18:9 aspect ratio screen protected by the latest 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front as well as the back, which protects the device from day to day scratches and from the minor accidents. The costliest component on this device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-core SoC, paired with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage (in Europe) and 4 GB RAM and 64 GB storage (in rest of the world).
On to the camera capability, the device uses a single 12 MP ultra pixel sensor with dual pixel technology ( the same technology that was incorporated in the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL). The camera module has a F/1.7 aperture with OIS resulting in a high-quality photography with less noise even in the low lightening condition. For the selfies, the device uses an 8 MP shooter with F/2.0 aperture with 1080p video recording capability.
Standard features like NFC, Bluetooth 5.0 and dual-band WiFi are also supported. For some market, the device will offer dual SIM card slots and a single SIM card slots in US and EU. To keep up the 6.0-inch pixel beast all day long, the device uses a sealed 3930 mAh Li-ion battery with Qualcomm Quick charge 4.0 capability via USB type C port.
These devices will be available in US from 2nd November and for the rest of the market, the brand is yet to announce the launch date.
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