HTC U11 Life
Hello, Friends! Today I’m going to a full specifications review of HTC U11 Life. This is a new budget smartphone from HTC. I had this device a little over one month and I’ve used it for about 20 days consecutively. So, I’m gonna give you my thoughts, my experience what I had with the U11 Life in my life. So, Let’s start-
The U11 Life clearly takes a lot of design notes from its flagship relative but pick this phone up and the difference is immediately starting revealing themselves instead of being a sturdy glass and metal handset. The HTC U11 Life feels pretty lightweight and is covered in plastic. HTC tries to give the phone the same sort of colour-changing finishes the U11 and while the base notes are there. The effect isn’t quite the same instead of shifting colours. We instead see colour separation and extreme angles. The basic layout here is quite similar to the HTC U11 with buttons and the same tray in their same locations.
This phone actually feels super nice in the hand because of all of those around the curves and actually very good build quality because the buttons are amongst the very best ones, great tactile feedback. The buttons placement little bit lower than I usually used to it but this would have been all fine.
It does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack but it does have a USB Type-C port and this port work as a headphone jack. There is also a micro USB 2.0 port for charging the phone. The Phone is IP67 water/dust resistant so it’s good. You got some sort of waterproofing here so if you drop it in water it’s not going to get damaged.
I actually quite liked the colour of this phone even if it is really reflective and does get really smudgy. The size is really nice though due to that screen as one-handed usage has been really easy on this phone and that also helps with the Edge Sense which is, of course, the feature from the U11 that now makes it onto the U11 Life.
Fingerprint Scanner: –
Now, we also have a fingerprint scanner and that one works really good but not very fastest it’s very reliable and once the screen is on which takes a little bit longer it is fast. I’m not the biggest fan of it but it works totally out fine.
Edge Sense: –
It is one of those flagship features that still make it on the mid-range version and we do quite like having it. You can do a quick squeeze in order to do one function and then squeeze and hold in order to trigger yet another function. And even then HTC is trying to further the functionality by adding in a beta program in which you can use the squeezes inside of particular applications. I’ve tried to use it in a few different situations with spotty results in most cases. The original global trigger is what goes off instead of the in-app trigger but we will continue testing this moving forward especially since users can actually program specific tabs in pretty much any application for squeezing or holding.
The HTC U11 Life has a 5.2-inch 1080p Full HD display. It is Super LCD, not AMOLED. It’s very good display, very bright, sharp and clear in the colours. The colours reproduction is great and the viewing angles are also good. It is very vivid and saturated almost OLED like display. You won’t find any of issues here no blue tint, no black bars or anything. The U11 Life display comes with 16 by 9 aspect ratio which is very good and looks gorgeous.
HTC put 16-megapixel cameras on both sides of this phone with phase detection autofocus for the main camera and HDR boost on both. You would actually have some pretty high-quality selfies. The Rear camera is different from the 12-megapixel shooter of the original U11 and both of these 16-megapixel cameras move up to an aperture of f/2.4.
The Camera app is absolutely top. If you want to switch the HDR mode then you have HDR Auto and you have HDR Auto off. Usually, what happens on most phones, you tap and then you have a menu that you have to select it. I think this works way faster the same also goes for a flash. So, this is my opinion is way better, of course, we can change between video and photo, Front-facing and back facing camera there are some extra modes here can easily change the resolution, Panorama mode is there, Pro Mode as well with white balance. So, that’s typical stuff nothing amazing here.
The video does not support 1080p@60fps, just 4K, 1080p@30fps and also slow-motion. You will miss some extra features like Bokeh Mode or something else since we don’t have Dual Lens.
The image quality is not 100% in focus yet but that is totally fine. I’m really happy with the results actually I would really like to give it a great but I just can’t fully because there is no autofocus which kinds of prevents me often and the fact that I had quite some misfires.
Indoors, super nice sharpness, super detailed and colours are nice. In low light, it diminishes but the front-facing camera in low light does not give the great results. Low light is super grainy, blurry and I’m not super happy with the front-facing camera but with good lighting, this is absolutely nice.
Daylight conditions, even though it’s the winter here so definitely no great weather but the results actually are surprisingly good. You found some super nice, saturated and sharp images.
The 4K video is not quite great. The autofocus works nice and smooth but the camera is very shaky because there sees to be no stabilization. The 1080p video at 30 frames per second is super nicely stabilized and the footage is super smooth and everything is great. Of course, it’s not super sharp still but I would actually say stick with this phone with 1080p@30fps because you get this way better stabilization.
The front camera footage is actually very good because sharp nice detailed not very shaky, the only one thing that I’ve noticed that the microphone actually seems a little bit on the thinner side. Of course, there are some extra options with this I thin surround audio and so on which makes things a little bit better. So, I definitely like the front-facing camera even in low-light.
Processor, Memory & Performance: –
The HTC U11 Life is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset which clocked at Octa-Core 2.2GHz Processor with 3 gigabytes of RAM and 32 gigabytes of internal storage for the base model. The storage is also expandable up to 2TB via micro SD Card. It also comes with 4 gigabytes of RAM and 64 gigabytes of internal storage version.
The performance is very good and snappy. I’ve already played quite a few games on this phone like Shadow War, Clash Royale and I haven’t noticed the phone struggle to keep up at all. The performance is actually noticeably smooth which is a feather in the cap of the phone specifications and optimization. So, far it doesn’t really feel like you’re sacrificing too much by picking the HTC U11 Life.
It handles day-to-day tasks with the breeze. You’re not gonna have no hiccups or anything. I have the U11 and the U11 Life is not a snappier as the U11 but it didn’t make me seem like I was operating a mid-range phone.
The HTC U11 Life runs on Android Oreo out of the box. We still have the same annoyance from Oreo which means that you see the background tasks in the notification and so on. if something is running in the background which I think annoying and also that every notification actually makes a sound even the one that turns into Do Not Disturb mode that usually doesn’t make a sound, that’s Oreo.
Now the Launcher, you will see here standard launcher kind of like the Pixel one you won’t really get anything extra. So, the notifications, this is Stock Oreo and there is nothing really changed. It is looking like a Stock Android and behaving like that which is good because HTC is known for fast efforts and this is one of the very few phones with already Oreo. It’s a clean software, no bloat and so on.
The U11 Life ships with a 2600 milliamp-hours battery. With my kind of usage that includes a lot of media, some gaming and plenty of audio playing. I was able to get 4 hours of SOT which I thought was pretty impressive for a battery size like this.
The Speaker is loud but to me, it just sounds a little bit on the cheap side probably because it’s encased in plastic and you get the weird vibration here. But the good thing about that it doesn’t matter because once you plug HTC USonic earphone right here, it’s a world of difference. The headphone jack including a pair of USB-C earbuds. The USonic compatible earbuds can be powered by the phone for Active noise cancelling and this is all found inside of the settings and can be triggered in the notification shade.
Overall the HTC U11 Life is a very good smartphone. The build quality is really good but the hollow back & plasticky feel prevents me from giving it a higher rating. The design is great & smooth and especially feels good in the hand. The fingerprint reader is very good and reliable and the display is good and very nice calibration. The decent speaker and there is no 3.5mm headphone jack. Overall performance is very good and the battery life is good but not great. The software is very good, clean and enhanced. Overall camera quality is good but the front-facing camera is great.
There are some shortcomings- lack of high quality, big bezels, weak battery life performance and the camera lacks some feature and the main camera quality is not excellent. So, finally, if you have no problems with the cons of the HTC U11 Life then definitely I’ll recommend you otherwise it’s all up to you.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|HTC U11 Life||Coming Soon||Rs 29,990|
|HTC U11 Life||Coming Soon||$ 349.00|
|Technology||GSM / LTE / HSPA|
|BODY||Dimensions||149.09 x 72.9 x 8.1mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||Super LCD, Full HD 1080p, 16:9 Ratio
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3
IP67 Rating Water/Dust resistance
|CAMERA||Rear||16-MP, f/2.0, PDAF, BSI Sensor, LED Flash|
|Front||16-MP, f/2.0, BSI Sensor, Auto Selfie|
|Features||Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, Hyperlapse, HDR Boost, Panorama, Slo-Mo|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.1 Nougat with HTC Sense|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 630|
|Internal||32GB, 3GB RAM / 64GB, 4GB RAM|
|External||Up to 2TB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Magnetic, Sensor Hub, Edge Sensor, Proximity, Gyro, Compass, Ambient Light, Gravity|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi Direct, Hotspot, DLNA. Miracast, AirPlay|
|USB||USB 2.0, Type-C|
|Others||Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, & NFC|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker with Stereo Speakers|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 2600 mAh|