HTC U11 life Review: Squeezable style on a budget

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It's also Hi-Res audio certified and sports Active Noise Cancellation, so you should be able to get good quality audio from the phone, as is often the case with HTC handsets. What has perhaps been one of the most-leaked smartphones of the year is finally here-HTC has officially announced the HTC U11 Life. It's a bit like the HTC U Play but with some U11 bits and pieces thrown in.

All HTC's trimming, refining, and general fettling would be for naught if the U11 life was too expensive: it's certainly something which has hamstrung the company's earlier attempts at midrange phones. Like the U11, it has sensors embedded into its frame, which you can activate with a squeeze. On the other, there are last year's flagships: eclipsed by newer silicon, but still often packing a more than capable punch. Also depending on where you buy it from, you may or may not receive a dual-SIM model.

Do you think the price of the smartphone is justified?

The HTC U11 Life, on the other hand, is a mid-range phone, and it also comes with "Edge Sense". HTC says that the USA phone will get an upgrade to Android Oreo within 30 days of release. HTC calls it a "value flagship", a mid-range smartphone with a design as good as a flagship phone.

This time, though, the rear cover is made from acrylic instead of glass. Still, it's enough of a difference to make one-handed use more practical, without sacrificing screen real-estate too considerably. The smartphone is also IP67-rated for water and dust resistance. The device also packs the HTC Edge Sense feature that was originally introduced in the U11.The phone is available in three colours namely translucent Black, Ceramic Black and Amazing Silver. Well, unless you live outside of the States - the phone will be launching under the Android One program internationally, which means it will bear a vanilla Android software experience.

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Overall, this is an impressive start for a £349 phone.

The latest version of HTC Sense is present on the U11, but it is such a light "skin" that you can not really distinguish it from stock Android.

The screen is larger, for one (it was 5.5 inches before), and has a 2,880x1,440-pixel resolution. And it's even lighter on the wallet - it only costs $350, while the U11 has the flagship-standard $650 price tag. I could only have the volume set to about 70 percent maximum most of the time as audio is loud, crisp, clear, and simply stunning. With its glossy blue back and low price, it is sure to attract customers.

I didn't particularly notice the chipset step down from the U11's Snapdragon 835, in terms of performance at least.

The HTC U11 Life runs the Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system with the August monthly security update present on my evaluation unit. We wouldn't recommend putting the claims to the test yourself.

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