Review: HTC U11 Life for T-Mobile
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.
Beyond its stunning looks, the U11 Life is comfortable to use, has a decent screen, delivers fine wireless performance, and sounds great when it comes to calls and music. I wish battery life were a bit better. It's a bummer that the phone doesn't have a headphone jack, but the included earbuds are actually very good. The waterproofing is an added bonus.
HTC's user interface works well, even if it takes some tweaking to fine-tune. I like how quickly the camera app performs, and it delivers the goods when it comes to taking photos and videos. The Edge Sense tool can be useful. I like that HTC includes Alexa on its devices for those who prefer Amazon's assistant over Google's.
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For $300, this phone is a steal. Monthly payments with T-Mobile are an easy $12. This is an excellent handset for the money. It competes well with other mid-range devices, such as the Moto X4 and should be a winner for HTC. If you need an inexpensive device that hits way above its weight class, the U11 Life is a lively option.
Not everyone has the means or the desire to spend $1000 on a smartphone. There's good news: phone makers spent 2017 shoring up their ranks of budget-friendly devices, which now offer an incredible amount of performance for the dollar.
HTC’s U11 Life looks almost as good as the company’s top-tier flagship handset. HTC dialed back some of the U11’s under-the-hood components in order to give the U11 Life a more attractive price point.
Nov 2, 2017
HTC today announced the U11 Life, a mid-range handset that resembles the company’s U11 flagship though it tones down specs to reach a reasonable price point. The U11 Life is almost identical to the U11 at a glance, but it trades the U11’s high-quality glass for plastic.
Dec 18, 2017
Owners of the T-Mobile variant of the U11 Life smartphone can expect to receive the Android 8 Oreo over the coming days, according to HTC. HTC has made the system update available and will roll it out beginning today.
Nov 30, 2017
Owners of the unlocked variant of the HTC U11 Life can expect to receive Android 8 Oreo over the coming days, according to HTC exec Mo Versi. HTC has made the system update available and will roll it out beginning today.