First photos of the HTC U11+, full specs for U11 Life emerge

Despite the recent acquisition of some of its talent and licensing of its IP portfolio by Google, Taiwanese phone maker HTC is set to announce a couple of devices at the start of next month. We know a fair bit of information about them: one will be a mid-ranger named the U11 Life, while the other will be an upgraded variant of the U11, called the U11 Plus.

But today has brought us a bit more information about both of those: the former got a full specs and price reveal, while the latter got its first real-life photos. Exciting! has managed to obtain the full specifications for the Android One version of the U11 Life, as well as an official render (albeit one with a very low resolution). In essence, they pretty closely match the ones we've already heard: a Snapdragon 630 SoC, a 5.2-inch Full HD display, 16 MP cameras both on the front and the back, a 2,600 mAh battery, and an IP67 water and dust resistance rating.

But while there was previously some ambiguity as to the amount of RAM and storage the different versions will get, it appears we now know the answer. The specs listed today show only 32 GB of expandable storage, which an earlier specs combined with 3 GB of RAM. However, since these specs seem to be of a European version of the phone, it's not immediately clear whether the U.S. version will also come with those, or if it will have the slightly better 4 GB/64 GB combo instead.

A surprise here is the lack of a headphone jack: while the U11 didn't come with one as well, this "feature" tends to be limited to flagships only, regardless of manufacturer. But to rectify this, the U11 Life will also come with  pair of USB-C USonic earphones.

The device will come in two color variants: "Sapphire Blue" and "Ice White," and will cost about €400 (which we imagine will translate to about $400 in the U.S). 

But the bigger device of the two is definitely HTC's slight refresh of the U11, which we've technically also seen before but in CAD-based renders only. However, Chinese regulatory agency TENAA has just published the first real photos of the device, which you can see above. 

Unsurprisingly, the photos match the renders pretty much perfectly: the front of the device features no fingerprint scanner because of the tall, 18:9 display. Instead, it has now been moved to the rear panel below the camera (which is still a single-sensor module).

Also, we've obtained information suggesting that the device won't be marketed as the "U11 Plus," but as the "U11+" instead — so take from that what you will.

The U11+ will be a mostly visual upgrade over the regular U11: apart from the tall display and moved fingerprint scanner, the only other major change will be an upgraded 4,000 mAh battery capacity and 6 GB of RAM. Also, the device is expected to launch with the brand-new Android 8.0 Oreo.

The two devices are expected to launch at HTC's November 2 event, which is less than two weeks from now.

source: WinFuture, TENAA

Related phones

  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 128GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3930 mAh(25h 3G talk time)
U11 life
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. libra89

Posts: 2338; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

In my opinion, every phone that drops the jack should come with some headphones. They don't need to be great, just decent. Good that they decided to do this.

3. notfair

Posts: 777; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

HTC U11 headphones are great.

15. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

I agree .. They are really great!

2. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Bezels .... moving on


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I think top and bottom bezels are actually a good thing, provided they aren't much more than a centimeter. The thin tip and bottom bezels of LGs current and event previous G series phones were actually good.

7. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2528; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

You've dealt with bezels for how many years and all of a sudden it's now an issue that prevents you from purchasing an otherwise great device?

10. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

While we know that HTC's mobile division has been struggling for quite sometime, that doesn't mean they shouldn't adapt to the times. This phone probably has ~ 65% screen to body ratio and it's not even symmetrical. The bottom bezel is unnecessarily big.

16. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

I can't agree more!

5. newbey123

Posts: 704; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Big battery and best android skin means this might be my next phone.

9. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

2600mah on a 5.2in phone is not big by any means.

11. newbey123

Posts: 704; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

HTC+ is stated as having 4,000 mah, which is big.

6. Sealblaighter

Posts: 435; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I wonder if the white color will be all white.

17. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

I dont think so

21. Sealblaighter

Posts: 435; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Probably will be all black, which I personally do not like.

8. redmd

Posts: 1964; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I want to request for emerald green just like S6 edge. My God that phone looked gorgeous.

12. jacky899

Posts: 434; Member since: May 16, 2017

Very beautiful phone. Hope they improve their amazing camera even further with the jump from 12mp to 16mp.

18. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

The U11 + will still feature a 12 MP sensor similar to the one offered on the U11 as far as i know.

13. A_A_A

Posts: 229; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

LG G6 has got smaller bezels and cost half of U11+ price... Just another flop from HTC who can't accept the fact that the whole U series is a flop and needs to be completely discontinued. Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is definition of insanity.

14. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Hmm, if Google didn't use this design it must be worse than the V30 design. Unless Google passed on this because the LG P-oled and front facing speakers do not fit in the chassis of this device.

19. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

To : htc Please teach Samsung how to place the Fingerprint sensor in an accessible location. Thank you ..

20. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Lol To samsung: Please teach HTC how to make the best design and how to place fps in an accessible and beautiful location

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