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HTC U11+ smartphone with 18:9 display, Snapdragon 835 SoC official; U11 Life also launched

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A little over a month after Google acquired a part of its smartphone division, Taiwan-based HTC has launched a brand-new flagship smartphone. Dubbed U11+, it’s the first smartphone from HTC to come with a tall, 18:9 display, a feature that’s becoming increasingly common.

Speaking of, the 6-inch Super LCD6 display of HTC U11+ has a resolution of 1440×2880 pixels and a pixel density of around 538ppi. The display is secured with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

As for the hardware specs, the U11+ is powered by Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 chipset, with an octa-core CPU and Adreno 540 GPU. There’s also 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage, with support for microSD cards of up to 256GB in size. The smartphone comes with Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box, with HTC’s Sense UI baked on top.

Handling imaging duties on the U11+ is a 12MP rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, OIS, phase detection and laser autofocus, and two-tone dual-LED flash. There’s an 8MP selfie-camera included in the mix as well. A fingerprint sensor is located at the back.

From 4G LTE to USB Type-C, HTC U11+ has all the modern connectivity options accounted for. Sadly, the 3.5mm audio port isn’t there. The entire package is backed by a very-generous 3,930mAh battery, with support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology.

HTC U11+ is priced at 799 Euros and will be available in Europe and other regions around the world (with the notable exception of North America). That said, there’s no word yet about the launch of the smartphone in India.

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In addition to the U11+, HTC has also launched a mid-range smartphone called U11 Life. The smartphone is a toned-down version of HTC’s U11 flagship, which launched earlier this year.

HTC U11 Life

The U11 Life has a 5.2-inch Super LCD display of 1080×1920 pixels resolution and about 424ppi pixel density. Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 chipset (having an octa-core CPU and Adreno 508 GPU), the smartphone comes in two variants based on RAM and internal storage – 3GB RAM/32GB storage and 4GB RAM/64GB storage. It also accepts microSD cards of up to 256GB in size. A front-mounted fingerprint sensor is also included.

HTC U11 Life has a 16MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture and single LED flash. There’s also a 16MP front-facing shooter for the selfie-lovers out there. Major connectivity options include USB Type-C and NFC, with a 2,600mAh battery rounding off the spec sheet.

It’s worth mentioning that the HTC U11 Life will be available in two variants – one running Android Nougat (with an update to Oreo arriving soon) with SenseUI layer, which will launch in the US, and another running Android Oreo (stock version, based on Android One) that will be made available in majority of the markets around the world.

Both smartphones come with HTC’s ‘Edge Sense’ feature, which lets users execute different customizable actions (e.g. launching Google Assistant) by squeezing the phone(s). This is made possible via the pressure sensors integrated into the smartphones’ frames.

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