Specs summary

Screen
5.2"

The HTC U11 Life's screen is 5.2 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.1 Nougat operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 16+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
32/64/124 GB

Internal memory is 32/64/124 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2600mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2600 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 9 days standby time, minutes (2G), 1260 minutes (3G).



If you need an inexpensive device that hits way above its weight class, the U11 Life is a lively option.

- Eric M. Zeman , Phone Scoop 

You get a feel of flagship features, but have to take a couple compromises at this price point.

- Andrew Martonik , Android Central 



Reviews (7.2/10 Avg. rating)


Phone Scoop

A mid-range handset disguised as a flagship smartphone

from Phone Scoop

The HTC U11 Life looks and mostly performs like a flagship smartphone, at half the cost. HTC did a great job designing an attractive, affordable handset that comes across as a high-end piece of hardware.

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The HTC U11 Life looks and mostly performs like a flagship smartphone, at half the cost. HTC did a great job designing an attractive, affordable handset that comes across as a high-end piece of hardware.

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Recombu

The numbers don't add up

from Recombu

For a mid-range device, there’s no denying that HTC U11 Life’s camera experience is a marked improvement on its doppelgänger from the start of the year, the HTC U Play, but that all-important DxO Mark score doesn’t seem to correlate with the praise the flagship U11’s camera yielded.

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For a mid-range device, there’s no denying that HTC U11 Life’s camera experience is a marked improvement on its doppelgänger from the start of the year, the HTC U Play, but that all-important DxO Mark score doesn’t seem to correlate with the praise the flagship U11’s camera yielded.

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Android Police

A "value" U11 that isn't much of a value at all

from Android Police

The U11 Life isn't bad, really. As phones go, it's totally fine. But fine really doesn't cut it here. And for a phone that is purportedly aimed at a value-conscious consumer, it's hard for me call the Life especially good for the money. If anything, it's a bit overpriced.

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The U11 Life isn't bad, really. As phones go, it's totally fine. But fine really doesn't cut it here. And for a phone that is purportedly aimed at a value-conscious consumer, it's hard for me call the Life especially good for the money. If anything, it's a bit overpriced.

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Tom's Guide

A lot of promise, too many compromises

from Tom's Guide

The HTC U11 Life delivers a quality camera and strong performance, but its poor battery life and uninspired design compared to the Moto G5 Plus and iPhone SE drag it down.
$349.00 HTC

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The HTC U11 Life delivers a quality camera and strong performance, but its poor battery life and uninspired design compared to the Moto G5 Plus and iPhone SE drag it down.
$349.00 HTC

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Android Central

High style at a low price, with compromises

from Android Central

HTC executed pretty well on its goal of brining the U11 design down to a much lower price point, and also kept many of the hardware features that you don't typically see down here. It's an attractive phone with a nice spec sheet, good screen and an average pair of cameras to round it out.

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HTC executed pretty well on its goal of brining the U11 design down to a much lower price point, and also kept many of the hardware features that you don't typically see down here. It's an attractive phone with a nice spec sheet, good screen and an average pair of cameras to round it out.

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ZDNet

One of the best mid-rangers

from ZDNet

To be honest, there is very little compromise in using the HTC U11 Life compared to the HTC U11 and I didn't really miss the U11 with the U11 Life in hand. Most of the time we see mid-rangers give up NFC, provide average cameras, or reduce the overall experience in some manner. I don't see that in the HTC U11 Life and it will be interesting to see if it appeals to the masses.

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To be honest, there is very little compromise in using the HTC U11 Life compared to the HTC U11 and I didn't really miss the U11 with the U11 Life in hand. Most of the time we see mid-rangers give up NFC, provide average cameras, or reduce the overall experience in some manner. I don't see that in the HTC U11 Life and it will be interesting to see if it appeals to the masses.

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SlashGear

Squeezable style on a budget

from SlashGear

I feel like the HTC U11 life doesn’t really stand out in any one area. Certainly it’s attractive to look at, it has a perfectly good screen, and its cameras produce serviceable photos. Yet there’s no one, single highlight around which the value proposition can coalesce.

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I feel like the HTC U11 life doesn’t really stand out in any one area. Certainly it’s attractive to look at, it has a perfectly good screen, and its cameras produce serviceable photos. Yet there’s no one, single highlight around which the value proposition can coalesce.

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PhoneArena

Enough to like here that it's definitely worth considering

from PhoneArena

Our first impression of the U11 life wasn't great: the phone felt too light and plasticky, and it seemed to be trying too hard to convey the gravitas of its flagship cousin. But performance didn't leave us with any complaints, battery life was totally adequate, and the camera pulled off some nice shots despite having meager-sounding hardware.

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Our first impression of the U11 life wasn't great: the phone felt too light and plasticky, and it seemed to be trying too hard to convey the gravitas of its flagship cousin. But performance didn't leave us with any complaints, battery life was totally adequate, and the camera pulled off some nice shots despite having meager-sounding hardware.

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Digital Trends

The best phone you can buy at this price range

from Digital Trends

HTC’s U11 Life will catch your eyes with its sapphire gleam, and your wallet will thank you. It offers great performance and water resistance, though the battery is average and the camera is hindered by shutter lag.

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HTC’s U11 Life will catch your eyes with its sapphire gleam, and your wallet will thank you. It offers great performance and water resistance, though the battery is average and the camera is hindered by shutter lag.

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Cnet

Stuck between a good deal and a hard place

from Cnet

The HTC U11 Life is like a cheaper Pixel 2 with its squeezable sides. It's attractive, affordable, fully water-resistant and has decent midrange specs.

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The HTC U11 Life is like a cheaper Pixel 2 with its squeezable sides. It's attractive, affordable, fully water-resistant and has decent midrange specs.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date November 2, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 7.1 Nougat

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Octa core 2.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32/64/124 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2600 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
3G Talk Time Up to: 1260 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.9 x 7.3 x 0.8 cm (5.9 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 142 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP 67
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology S-LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 424 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Corning Gorilla Glass
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2000 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Unknown
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett Unknown
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Time lapse mode, Slow motion recording
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, MKV
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
F2.0 aperture, Selfie Panorama
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, M4A
Radio Unknown
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack No
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments 64 GB storage variant comes with 4 GB of RAM.
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