The system-on-a-chip is still Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, but the RAM is getting a boost, up to 6GB (with 128GB of storage; a 4GB/64GB option is still available). The North American version will launch with Android 7.1.1 Nougat and HTC Sense, while the rest of the world will get an Android One device with stock Android 8.0 Oreo.
The display is a bit smaller than the U11 at 5.2in and the resolution drops to Full HD. The smartphone comes with 3GB/4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage. We'll test out performance including benchmarks soon.
The phone is powered by a 2,600 mAh battery along with USB type-C reversible connector, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, NFC, and Global Positioning System in terms of connectivity options. Rather than relying Bluetooth or a special dongle, however, HTC opted for USB-C headphones that plug into the phone's charging port.
There might not be HTC's BoomSound speakers here but there are still some features for audio fans. If you want decent audio, particularly at a midrange price, Sony and HTC are still your best bets. While the flagship has a 3,000 mAh cell, the life was downgraded to 2,600 mAh one. The front houses a 16MP selfie camera.
The smartphone features a 16 MP primary camera with f/2.0 aperture lens, phase detection autofocus, Geo-tagging, 4K video recording and LED flash. Both sensors have the same f/2.0 aperture, which is wide enough for enhanced performance in low-light conditions. It's limited to 1080p video, though. As we've said time and again - it's not all about the megapixels. A source speaking with the Verge said that the larger of the two new U11 devices revealed today was originally meant to be released with the Pixel 2, but was "rejected in favor of the LG alternative".
Pick up the U11 and you'll immediately notice the cheaper body. At the same time, a great numerous truths we're meant to cling to today depend greatly on our own point of view.
The partnership does include slapping Google's dud AndroidOne brand on one of its devices for the first time - and it's also the first time the Landfill™ brand has been used in mature Western markets.
You also get monthly security patches for up to three years and guaranteed OS updates for two years.