HTC launches U11+ with bezel-less design and U11 Life with Android One

By Karthekayan Iyer | Published on 02 Nov 2017
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The HTC U11+ is the first bezel-less smartphone from the company running Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. The U11 Life is the third major addition to Android One program this year.

HTC launches U11+ with bezel-less design and U11 Life with Android One

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HTC is joining the league of Apple, Google, Samsung, LG and Xiaomi with the launch of its first bezel-less smartphone. The Taiwanese smartphone maker has launched HTC U11+ with a nearly bezel-less design that shrinks the huge top and bottom bezels seen on the company's existing smartphones. 

The HTC U11+ features a 6-inch IPS LCD display with a Quad HD+ resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset coupled with 4GB or 6GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB internal storage. It also gets an improved 12MP Ultrapixel 3 rear camera with f/1.7 aperture and dual-pixel autofocus and an 8MP selfie camera with 84-degree wide field of view. 

The HTC U11+ runs Android 8.0 out of the box and supports Edge Sense for launching apps by squeezing the sides of the device. The smartphone is backed by a 3930mAh battery and it is IP68 water and dust resistant. As tipped by Evan Blass, the smartphone comes in black, blue and translucent colours.

HTC U11 Life, on the other hand, is another addition to company's U series. The smartphone comes in two variants: Android One certified and another running HTC's Sense UI. The smartphone features a 5.2-inch LCD display and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 630 chipset coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The company says only North America will get 3GB RAM variant while rest of the world will get a variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The smartphone 16MP front and rear camera with f/2.0 aperture with the front shooter supporting 1080p video recording and rear camera supporting 4K videos. The smartphone is backed by a 2600mAh battery and the Android One variant runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.

Both HTC U11+ and U11 Life miss out on the 3.5mm audio jack and come bundled with company's USonic earbuds in the box. The HTC U11+ is priced at €799 in Europe and will only be sold in select markets around the world. HTC U11 Life is priced at $349 in the US for Sense version and there is no word on availability or price of Android One variant.

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