The HTC U11 Life is affordable, beautiful, and coming to Android One

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

HTC's squeezy flagship gets some fresh tweaks

On the front we've got huge, dated bezels and dated capacitive buttons, but for $350, this is acceptable.

At the front is also a 16Mp camera with f/2.0 and HDR Boost. The microSD card and SIM card slot is on the top.

As a phone reviewer and guy who spends the majority of my time with high-end flagships, I was hoping to see the rumored HTC U11 Plus launch in the US.

The HTC U11 Life isn't quite the same deal in terms of specs but offers some of the flagship's design and features in a mid-range handset. When it comes to the cameras, you might notice that the HTC U11 life has a 16 MP sensor, while the U11 has a 12 MP one.

It comes in at 149.09 x 72.9 x 8.1mm and 142g, and it has an IP67 certified water and dust resistant build. With its glossy blue back and low price, it is sure to attract customers.

The photos aren't going to win any awards, but give the U11 life plenty of light and hold still, and you can get some decent pictures. You see, the company shelved a phone prototype codenamed "Muskie", and instead went with a phone codenamed "Taimen".

For computing horsepower, you get a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 630 and 3GB of RAM.

The phone is powered by a 2,600 mAh battery along with USB type-C reversible connector, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, and Global Positioning System in terms of connectivity options. There's also an adapter should you want to use a set of cans with a regular 3.5mm jack.

As with the U11, HTC also bundles the USonic in-ear earphones, which creates a custom sound profile after mapping the user's inner ear. It does come with a pair of pack-in USB-C headphones with active noise cancelling powered by the USB-C connection. It still looks good, but also makes it less susceptible to breaking if you drop it on the back.

There's also something called the Edge Launcher, a wheel that pops onto the screen from either the left- or right-hand side, which places apps, contacts and quick settings within reach of your thumb. On the U11 series, this feature is configurable. What might the world have been like if the Pixel 2 XL had a screen worthy of its premium price and positioning?

While Chang didn't provide further detail about HTC's upcoming dual-camera device, he did mention that much like this year, next year his company will be releasing just five to six smartphone models in total.

HTC recently held a hardware launch event at what was speculated to only be for one device, the HTC U11 Life. 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!

The HTC U11 Life is a mid-range smartphone which is kind of a budget U11. This phone has been rumored for weeks as HTC's first full-display device and we can now confirm that those rumors were true. The Android One variant of the phone goes up for pre-order in the United Kingdom today for £349, and you can get it from HTC's official website.

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