HTC U11 Life hands on-A cheap (£349!) imitation of the U11

HTC U11 Life hands on-A cheap (£349!) imitation of the U11

HTC U11 Life hands on-A cheap (£349!) imitation of the U11

It's more attractive than the Pixel and iPhone, but not quite on the same level as the latest Note.

Design wise, the handset looks pretty similar to the regular old U11, featuring that shiny Liquid Surface design language.

"The question you asked is too tough, I don't know how to answer you", Chang replied, followed by a long pause. It also has the fingerprint scanner.

XDA Developers spotted the HTC-made device within the AOSP last week and, although it's not exactly the same as the device unveiled today, it bears numerous hallmarks of the new HTC U11 Plus. The phone comes with a 6.00-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 2560 pixels. HTC told me that on the U.S. version, an Oreo build is expected to be out by the end of the month, but I'd expect the skinned, United States version to regularly lag behind the Android One version.

Unfortunately though, it isn't a pure version of Oreo.

As for the camera, the HTC U11+ still uses the same 12MP UltraPixel 3 sensor from the U11 - but that's not exactly a bad thing; in our review the camera was a pleasant surprise, with super fast autofocus and better than expected overall performance.

Personally, I prefer, pure, stock Android, which is Android as Google intends it to be.

The U11 Life with HTC Sense will be available from HTC.com in Sapphire Blue starting today, November 2, for $349 ($449 CAD). The same goes for your apps library, which you can dive into by swiping up on any part of the screen. This is a set of pressure sensors on the left and right sides of the phone, and a squeeze can launch an action.

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The non-Android One version has Amazon Alexa built in.

With the HTC U11+ priced at £649, it's unsurprising if it's the kind of phone which is appealing but simply out of your budget.

My favourite use-case for it, however, is taking pictures. If HTC can do it then so can you. The same can't be said for Active Edge, the Google Pixel 2's Edge Sense rip-off, which - infuriatingly - only lets you launch Google Assistant.

Water and dust-proofing have taken a slight step down too, now at IP67, though that still means you can dunk the U11 life in a meter of water for up to 30 minutes.

HTC has equipped the U11+ with a 12-megapixel rear camera with an f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilisation. You do get 4K video recording report support and for those wondering, there is an 8MP shooter at the front.

The handset boasts a 16-megapixel camera up front and another 16-megapixel camera around back.

HTC has loaded the U11+ with an impressive-sounding 3,930mAh battery, which is claimed to offer up to 25 hours of talk time. It also comes with a bigger battery of 4,000 mAH, as well as with wireless charging capability.

We won't know how good it is until we test it properly, but the signs are promising.

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