HTC U11 Life Review: Display, Battery Life, Connectivity

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Display

The HTC U11 Life employs a 5.2" Super Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) classy screen of 1080p resolution with 424ppi. There is a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to haged it safe, and a standard RGB pixel layout.


The maximum classy screen brightness is remarkable at about 550 nits as is the contrast of 1529:1. This puts the U11 Life's classy screen on par with the best in its price bracket.

The color accuracy is fine - we measured an average deltaE of 4.8 and maximum deviation of 8.2 at point white. Becautilize of the bluish whites there is a noticeable colder see to the interface, and it can't be fixed as the U11 Life doesn't come with color calibration options.

Display test

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

HTC U11 Life 0.357 546 1529

Motorola Moto X4 0.297 431 1451

Xiaomi Mi A1 0.351 551 1570

Sony Xperia XA1 0.512 537 1049

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) 0 413 ∞

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) max auto 0 559 ∞

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) 0 348 ∞

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017) Max Auto 0 482 ∞

Huawei P10 Lite 0.351 560 1595

Sony Xperia XA1 Plus 0.376 591 1572

Motorola Moto Z2 Play 0 432 ∞

Oppo F5 0.192 422 2198

Oppo F5 (Max Auto) 0.214 462 2159

vivo V7+ 0.289 515 1782

The sunlight legibility is okay for the class and above average for an LCD. It's no match for any AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) but the fine score means you will be able to comfortably read the classy screen as long as you can live with some loss of contrast and washed-out colors.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Apple iPhone X

    5.013

  • OnePlus 5T

    4.789

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    4.768

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

    4.658

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    4.615

  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play

    4.459

  • Oppo R11

    4.454

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

    4.439

  • OnePlus 3

    4.424

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    4.376

  • HTC One A9

    4.274

  • Samsung Galaxy Note7

    4.247

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    4.241

  • Nokia 8

    4.239

  • Google Pixel 2 XL (pre-update)

    4.234

  • OnePlus 3T

    4.232

  • Google Pixel XL

    4.164

  • ZTE Axon 7

    4.154

  • Samsung Galaxy Note8

    4.148

  • Meizu Pro 7 Plus

    4.147

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

    4.124

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017)

    4.124

  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro (normal)

    4.096

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    4.09

  • Google Pixel 2 (pre-update)

    4.023

  • LG V30

    4.022

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    4.019

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

    3.998

  • OnePlus X

    3.983

  • Vivo Xplay5 Elite

    3.983

  • Apple iPhone 7

    3.964

  • Oppo R7s

    3.964

  • Apple iPhone 8 (True Tone)

    3.957

  • Huawei P9 Plus

    3.956

  • Meizu Pro 6 Plus

    3.935

  • Lenovo Moto Z

    3.931

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

    3.918

  • OnePlus 5

    3.914

  • Samsung Galaxy C5

    3.911

  • Samsung Galaxy C7

    3.896

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    3.895

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor

    3.879

  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor

    3.873

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    3.859

  • Sony Xperia XZs

    3.818

  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)

    3.817

  • Motorola Moto X (2014)

    3.816

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)

    3.812

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

    3.804

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) outdoor mode

    3.802

  • Xiaomi Redmi Pro

    3.798

  • LG V20 Max auto

    3.798

  • Sony Xperia XZ

    3.795

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    3.789

  • Apple iPhone 6s

    3.783

  • Meizu Pro 5

    3.781

  • Microsoft Lumia 650

    3.772

  • Xiaomi Mi 6

    3.767

  • Sony Xperia XZ1

    3.765

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)

    3.756

  • Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    3.729

  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (True Tone)

    3.725

  • Oppo F1 Plus

    3.709

  • Vivo X5Pro

    3.706

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    3.694

  • Samsung Galaxy A3 (2017)

    3.688

  • Apple iPhone SE

    3.681

  • Huawei Mate 9

    3.68

  • Samsung Galaxy A7

    3.679

  • Meizu PRO 6

    3.659

  • BlackBerry Priv

    3.645

  • Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra

    3.597

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    3.588

  • LG G6

    3.556

  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus

    3.53

  • Motorola Moto Z Play

    3.526

  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016) outdoor mode

    3.523

  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)

    3.523

  • Acer Jade Primo

    3.521

  • Microsoft Lumia 950

    3.512

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    3.499

  • nubia Z11

    3.466

  • Huawei P10 Plus

    3.456

  • HTC U Ultra

    3.453

  • Samsung Galaxy J7

    3.422

  • Meizu MX5

    3.416

  • LG V20

    3.402

  • Huawei P10

    3.379

  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)

    3.378

  • Oppo R9s

    3.352

  • Honor 8 Pro

    3.341

  • Oppo R7

    3.32

  • Lenovo P2

    3.316

  • Honor 9

    3.289

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s

    3.276

  • Nokia 5

    3.261

  • Nokia 6 (Chinese version)

    3.244

  • Nokia 6 (Global version)

    3.238

  • Samsung Galaxy J2

    3.235

  • Sony Xperia X Performance

    3.234

  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2

    3.228

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    3.222

  • Oppo F3 Plus

    3.218

  • Huawei Mate 9 Pro

    3.206

  • Huawei P9

    3.195

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

    3.19

  • ZTE Nubia Z17

    3.159

  • Lenovo Vibe Shot

    3.113

  • HTC U11 Life

    3.108

  • Motorola Moto X Force

    3.105

  • LG Nexus 5X

    3.092

  • HTC U11

    3.089

  • Huawei Mate S

    3.073

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

    3.065

  • Sony Xperia XA1

    3.012

  • Sony Xperia L1

    2.994

  • Sony Xperia X

    2.989

  • Huawei P10 Lite

    2.974

  • Samsung Galaxy Note

    2.97

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    2.95

  • Huawei Mate 8

    2.949

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4

    2.92

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3S

    2.913

  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra

    2.906

  • LG G5

    2.905

  • HTC One S

    2.901

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3s Prime

    2.893

  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

    2.884

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium (sRGB)

    2.877

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    2.877

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    2.876

  • Nokia 3

    2.871

  • Microsoft Lumia 550

    2.851

  • Lenovo Moto M

    2.813

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro

    2.803

  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact

    2.784

  • Meizu MX6

    2.751

  • LG V10

    2.744

  • Huawei Mate 10 (normal)

    2.742

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    2.735

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (S625)

    2.714

  • Meizu M5

    2.71

  • Sony Xperia M5

    2.69

  • Xiaomi Mi A1

    2.689

  • Huawei P9 Lite

    2.679

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

    2.679

  • vivo V7+

    2.671

  • Vivo V3Max

    2.659

  • Xiaomi Mi Mix

    2.658

  • Oppo F5

    2.653

  • Doogee Mix

    2.642

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    2.641

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4a

    2.635

  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Standard)

    2.616

  • Sony Xperia XA

    2.609

  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus

    2.582

  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus (max auto)

    2.582

  • Meizu M5s

    2.58

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    2.574

  • LeEco Le Max 2

    2.567

  • Asus Zenfone 3 ZE552KL

    2.563

  • Microsoft Lumia 640

    2.563

  • Xiaomi Mi Max 2

    2.561

  • HTC U11+

    2.556

  • Lenovo K6 Note

    2.544

  • Lenovo Moto G4

    2.544

  • Oppo F1

    2.528

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

    2.525

  • Huawei Honor 7 Lite / Honor 5c

    2.506

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    2.503

  • Oppo F1s

    2.481

  • Motorola Moto G

    2.477

  • Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus

    2.473

  • Huawei G8

    2.471

  • Huawei nova

    2.467

  • Lenovo Vibe K5

    2.459

  • Meizu m3 max

    2.447

  • Xiaomi Mi 5X (Auto)

    2.417

  • HTC 10 evo

    2.407

  • Huawei Honor 7

    2.406

  • Sony Xperia E5

    2.386

  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo

    2.382

  • HTC 10

    2.378

  • Oppo F3

    2.376

  • vivo V5 Plus

    2.371

  • Meizu m1 note

    2.362

  • Huawei nova plus

    2.329

  • Razer Phone

    2.328

  • HTC One E9+

    2.305

  • Alcatel One Touch Hero

    2.272

  • Apple iPhone 4S

    2.269

  • Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

    2.254

  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

    2.253

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)

    2.249

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    2.235

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    2.234

  • Motorola Moto G (2014)

    2.233

  • LG Nexus 5

    2.228

  • Huawei P8

    2.196

  • Meizu M5 Note

    2.189

  • Huawei Honor 6

    2.169

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    2.166

  • OnePlus Two

    2.165

  • HTC One X

    2.158

  • LG Aka

    2.145

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (X20)

    2.145

  • Archos 50 Diamond

    2.134

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2.119

  • Xiaomi Mi 4S

    2.095

  • Acer Liquid X2

    2.084

  • Huawei P8lite

    2.078

  • vivo V5

    2.059

  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual

    2.026

  • Xiaomi Mi 3

    2.001

  • Xiaomi Mi Max

    1.996

  • Sony Xperia E4g

    1.972

  • OnePlus One

    1.961

  • Meizu m3 note

    1.923

  • Meizu m2 note

    1.892

  • BlackBerry Leap

    1.892

  • HTC Butterfly

    1.873

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    1.772

  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini

    1.759

  • Sony Xperia U

    1.758

  • Asus Zenfone Selfie

    1.68

  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)

    1.675

  • ZTE Nubia Z9

    1.659

  • Jolla Jolla

    1.605

  • Motorola Moto E

    1.545

  • Sony Xperia M

    1.473

  • Sony Xperia L

    1.351

  • HTC Desire C

    1.3

  • Sony Xperia C

    1.283

  • Meizu MX

    1.221

  • Sony Xperia E

    1.215

Battery life

The HTC U11 Life is powered by a rather unimpressive 2,600mAh battery. The phone doesn't support Quick Charge, but it ships with a 10W charger that fills up 35% of the battery in half an hour.

We hoped for the recent 14nm Snapdragon 630 to create up for the small power and it delivered. The HTC U11 Life scored a very fine endurance rating of 73 hours and posted 10+ hours on the web browsing (screen-on) test, which is great.


Our endurance rating denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you utilize the HTC U11 Life for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern so our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

Connectivity

The Snapdragon 630 in charge of the HTC U11 Life comes with an improved modem compared to the 625/626 models and supports 3-carrier aggregation and Cat. 11 LTE for up to 600Mbps of download and 75Mbps of upload (though these numbers may vary by region and network).

Another perk of the newer chip is Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) ac, the 62x models had a/b/g/n, but no ac. The U11 Life supports NFC too but there's no Frequency Modulation (FM) radio. The phone supports the latest Bluetooth 5.0. Positioning is handled by GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellites.

The U11 Life uses a USB-C interface (Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0) for charging and wired connectivity. No audio jack on the U11 Life, though an adapter is provided inside the retail box.


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