The HTC smartphone maker is currently in a very poor position in the smartphone market. While many of its models are just as capable as competitors, they are not selling just as well, and the company has been forced to sell an entire division to Google last year to limit its losses. The U11 device series, however, seems to be saving the company, according to a very good original model, especially in the photo. We now have the U11 Life, a mid-range version of the original, yet equipped with Android 8.0 "clean" through Android One. But is the Sense UI interface an advantage or disadvantage?
Design, construction, ergonomics
HTC U11 Life seems to be a little bit ahead of the emergence of new high-end and thin-edge smartphones, but it has begun on the market alongside the HTC U11 +, the company's edge-to-edge screen. On the front we can see thick edges above and below the display, and a fingerprint sensor is also located at the bottom. It is strange, however, that at the bottom, the phone has more space than necessary. The capacitive buttons are located on both sides of the fingerprint sensor, and above them we have a few millimeters of empty space to display. At the top we have a speakerphone for fairly small calls compared to other phones on the market and a front camera with a fairly large sensor.
The back of the device reminds you of HTC U11's design last summer, with a curved glass surface very pleasant to touch. But this is extremely reflective and is a true fingerprint magnet. Also, the margins curve make this phone very slippery, especially when we consider that the metal edges are rounded. The main camera is the only important element on the back of the phone, with the HTC and Android One logos placed beneath it. Interestingly, HTC did not protect the junction between glass and metal with plastic, which could absorb shocks to avoid small accidents, so letting the phone on a hard surface guarantees breaks at least a portion of the glass. We recommend using your phone with a protective case.
HTC gave up the headphone jack in 2016, so we did not expect it to come back. The only items we find on the side of the phone are the volume buttons and the power button on the right, the SIM card slot and the microSD card at the top, and a USB Type-C port at the bottom, but its alignment right on the edge of the phone is at least strange. An advantage over U11 Life's other mid-range premium phones is water and dust resistance, something we generally see only on high-end smartphones
- Display: 5.2 ", IPS, 1.920 x 1.080 pixels, Gorilla Glass 3
- Operating System: Android 8.0 AOSP
- Chipset: Snapdragon 630
- Processor: octa-core (8 x Cortex-A53 at 2.2 GHz)
- Graphic processor: Adreno 508
- RAM: 3 GB
- Memory: 32 GB
- Card: yes
- Date: HSPA, LTE
- WiFi: 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, dual-band
- Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
- USB: USB Type-C
- Camera: 16 MP, F / 2.0, phase detection, LED flash
- Video capture: 4K (3840 x 2160 @ 30 FPS)
- Front camera: 16 MP, f / 2.0, 1080p (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) shooting
- Battery: Li-Po 2.600 mAh
- Dimensions: 149.1 x 72.9 x 8.1 mm
- Weight: 142 grams
- Other: fingerprint sensor, waterproof and dustproof IP67, USonic background noise canceling included in the package, Edge Sense