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HTC U11 Life and U11 Plus: News and rumors

HTC won plenty of new fans with the HTC U11[1], a capable smartphone with unusual squeezable bezels. But the Taiwan-based company isn’t finished yet. If rumors are to be believed, it’ll expand the U11 lineup with two new spin-offs: U11 Life and U11 Plus.

Neither are expected to be especially groundbreaking, but they’ll likely bring many of the features that make the U11 desirable to new form factors and price points. Here’s what we think we know about the U11 Life and U11 Plus so far.


HTC hasn’t officially confirmed the U11 Life or U11 Plus, and there haven’t been any rumors regarding its release. But it might not be long before we know more.

In October, HTC sent invitations to a November 2 event in Taiwan. It didn’t reveal much but we wouldn’t be surprised to see at least one of the two upcoming U11 models formally announced. Pricing remains a mystery but we’re expecting the new phones to come a little under (in the U11 Life’s case) and a little over (U11 Plus) the U11’s price tag.

The U11 started at £750.


The HTC U11 looks stunning from the back, thanks to the eye-catching 3D liquid glass finish. We don’t know if the U11 Life and U11 Plus will have the same color-shifting design. But if a leaked image of the U11 Life is anything to go by, there’s a definite family resemblance between it and the U11 — down to a physical home button below the screen that doubles as a fingerprint sensor.

The U11 Life’s screen, speaking of, is expected to measure 5.2-inches and have a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, according to Android Authority[2].

And it might be quite durable — it’s rumored to have a IP67 water and dust resistance rating, matching that of the HTC U11 and the Apple iPhone 7[3]. Unsurprisingly, the U11 Plus’s screen is said to be larger. It’s reportedly 5.99 inches in length with a resolution of 2,880 x 1,440 pixels and an aspect ratio of 18:9.

The phone’s body, meanwhile, is said to have a superior IP68 water resistance rating, which means it’ll come away unscathed from water up to 5 feet deep.


The U11 Plus is shaping up to be a powerful smartphone, if the rumblings are true. According to a mid-October report in Android Authority[4], HTC’s upcoming flagship has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835[5] system-on-chip, 4 or 6 GB of RAM, and up to 128 GB internal storage. The cameras rear and front cameras are reportedly 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel (down from the HTC U11’s 16-megapixel sensor), respectively, and the battery is said to support Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 technology.

The U11 Life might not measure up to the U11 Plus in raw power, but many of the U11’s best hardware features are reportedly present and accounted for. In early October, Twitter user LlabTooFer[6] published the U11 Life’s preliminary specifications. According to the list, HTC’s budget smartphone has a midrange Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 paired with 3GB or 4GB of RAM, depending on the model; a 2,600mAh battery; and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.

U11 Life (AndroidOne program)SD630RAM/ROM 3/32gb or 4/64gb5.2?

1080pCameras 16/16mpBattery 2600mahEdge Sense, USonicIP67Android O — LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) October 3, 2017[7]

Sadly, it’s unlikely the U11’s 12-megapixel UltraPixel camera will make it to the U11 Life. Instead, the phone is said to have a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 16-megapixel front camera, the latter of which matches the camera on the U11.

If the rumors are true, the rear camera should benefit from phase detection autofocus. Both the U11 Life and U11 Plus are said to retain many of their high-end predecessor’s unique technologies, including touch-sensitive Edge Sense bezels which let you trigger app apps by squeezing the phone’s side, and noise-canceling USonic headphone technology that generate a custom audio profile based on the shape of your ear. On the software side of the equation, the HTC U11 Life and U11 Plus will reportedly ship running the latest version of Android, Android 8.0 Oreo[8], with HTC’s Sense[9] 9.0 user interface.

Update: Added U11 Plus rumors.


  1. ^ HTC U11 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  2. ^ Android Authority (www.androidauthority.com)
  3. ^ Apple iPhone 7 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ Android Authority (www.androidauthority.com)
  5. ^ Snapdragon 835 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  6. ^ LlabTooFer (twitter.com)
  7. ^ October 3, 2017 (twitter.com)
  8. ^ Android 8.0 Oreo (www.digitaltrends.com)
  9. ^ HTC’s Sense (www.htcsense.com)

Google Pixel 2 XL joins the parade of worthy halo smartphones

Pixel Too Following yesterday’s reveal of the new Huawei Mate 10[1], which followed the reveal of the Apple iPhone X[2], which came after the reveal of the LG V30[3], it’s Google’s turn today, and we’ve got a full review of the new Google Pixel 2 XL[4], the latest and greatest smartphone from the team in Mountain View, and it’s another worthy player. It’s getting really hard to pick a phone these days.

Anyway, the Pixel 2 XL ups Google’s cred in the smartphone game, with a big pOLED display coming in at 2880 by 1440, for a sorta odd 18:9 aspect ratio with some minimal bezels. Like its competitor the iPhone 8 and X, there’s no headphone jack, but it is packing Bluetooth 5, the latest and greatest wireless system with more range and options, so that helps. It also has that fun edge-squeeze feature for bring up Google Assistant when you don’t want to say “OK Google.”

The battery runs all day and charges via SB© USB-C, and while the now familiar Snapdragon 835 runs the show, the Android 8 Oreo OS is the real star, giving the phone both snappy performance and a high level of security. Take a look at our full hands-on review of Google Pixel 2 XL[5] with all the details. More surface area for the new Surface Book 2

More hot hardware news now: Microsoft continues to develop their Windows 10 Creators update, and at a recent gathering to show it off, they also unveiled the new Surface Book 2. Redmond’s top-tier 2-in-1 with the funky hinge now comes in a 15-inch size, with more of everything: more horsepower, more screen size, of course, and more battery power. DT Editor in Chief Jeremy Kaplan was at the rollout and says pretty much every under-the-hood aspect of the laptop-tablet hybrid is new, but it looks almost identical to the previous model, which is fine since we think it looked sharp.

The 15-inch size is new, however, and it’s the largest laptop Microsoft has produced so far. Check out Jeremy’s thorough hands-on look at the new Surface Book 2[6]. ZTE doubles your screen time

Apple’s almost-all-front screen iPhone X may get all the press – even if they didn’t really get there first – but while the whole no-bezels thing may be the current rage, we gotta hand it to Chinese phone maker ZTE for taking the smart flip phone to a whole new place. Check out the new AXON-M, a not-so thin smartphone with a very clever – and we have to say, kind of nerdy – feature: two 5.3-inch HD screens. And they’re not front-and-back like we’ve seen with some phones: no, this is kind of a super-glorified flip phone because the screens are side by side on a hinge. The Verge, where this video came from[7], says ZTE isn’t the first here either; Kyocera made a similar but unsuccessful phone six years ago.

But maybe the time is now for a phone “book” as it were and six years ago is an eternity in tech, so maybe ZTE is onto something here[8]. The Axon M is indeed coming to the US through AT&T, so if one screen was never enough for you, good news: it should be here by the end of the year. Sorry, no price info just yet.

We’ve got more news on our Facebook page[9] and YouTube channel[10], and be sure to tune in to this week’s DT podcasts: Close to the Metal[11] (computers and such) on Tuesday, Trends with Benefits[12] (general tech shenanigans) on Thursdays, and Between the Streams[13] (movie and TV topics) every Friday.


  1. ^ Huawei Mate 10 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  2. ^ Apple iPhone X (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ LG V30 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ we’ve got a full review of the new Google Pixel 2 XL (www.digitaltrends.com)
  5. ^ full hands-on review of Google Pixel 2 XL (www.digitaltrends.com)
  6. ^ horough hands-on look at the new Surface Book 2 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  7. ^ The Verge, where this video came from (www.theverge.com)
  8. ^ so maybe ZTE is onto something here (www.zteusa.com)
  9. ^ Facebook page (www.facebook.com)
  10. ^ YouTube channel (www.youtube.com)
  11. ^ Close to the Metal (www.digitaltrends.com)
  12. ^ Trends with Benefits (www.digitaltrends.com)
  13. ^ Between the Streams (www.digitaltrends.com)

2018 Nissan Rogue marks US debut of semi-autonomous ProPilot

Nissan was quick to point out that its semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist highway system[1] would be available on the 2018 Nissan Leaf[2]. But that won’t be the first Nissan in the US to carry this tech. The 2018 Nissan Rogue, which goes on sale Oct.

24, will be the first vehicle in the US to carry ProPilot Assist. It’s available on the SL Platinum Package trim, which is expected to cost less than £35,000. Anything that reduces the annoyance of the highway slog is good in my book.


The whole point of ProPilot Assist is to reduce driving-related tedium.

It’ll control the accelerator, brake and steering in a single marked highway lane. The driver has to push the bright blue ProPilot button on the steering wheel and set the adaptive cruise control to the desired speed, and the system will take care of the rest. Nissan’s second ProPilot Assist-equipped vehicle will be the 2018 Leaf, which goes on sale in January.

Eventually, Nissan wants to roll this tech out to a number of models in the US, Europe, Japan and China. But given the Rogue’s popularity, this was a very smart place to start. Other than ProPilot Assist, the Rogue’s 2018 changes are minimal.

The NissanConnect infotainment system is now standard across the lineup, and it includes both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SV trim gets a standard motion-activated liftgate, and the SL trim gets adaptive cruise control and other assist systems as standard equipment. If you’re wondering how much this all costs, 2018 Nissan Rogue pricing information is below.

Hybrid pricing has not yet been announced:

2018 Nissan Rogue Pricing


2018 MSRP 2017 MSRP Net Change Rogue S FWD

£24,680 £23,820 £860 Rogue SV FWD

£25,900 £25,240 £660 Rogue SL FWD

£31,060 £29,960 £1,100 Rogue S AWD

£26,030 £25,170 £860 Rogue SV AWD

£27,250 £26,590 £660 Rogue SL AWD

£32,410 £31,310 £1,100


  1. ^ ProPilot Assist highway system (www.cnet.com)
  2. ^ 2018 Nissan Leaf (www.cnet.com)

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