HTC to launch dual-camera phones in 2018


That doesn't come without cutting some corners, of course - and HTC found places to cut back just about everywhere.

HTC U11+ is powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and would arrive with either 4GB or 6GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB of expandable storage, respectively. It packs a 12 MP primary camera and a BoomSound speaker which the manufacturer says is an improvement on previous models. At this week's keynote event, the Taiwan-based handset maker introduced the HTC U11 Life to the public, a mid-range smartphone jam-packed with all the defining features of the original U11 premium device. Citing sources familiar with HTC and Google have claimed that the new U11+ is indeed the "Muskie" device which was reported in June to be shelved.

Yesterday, we passed along a report that said HTC will go back to producing phones with dual camera setups, starting in 2018. However, the 3GB RAM version will only ship to the US, AndroidHeadlines quoted HTC as saying. The U11 Life will cost $349 when it launches. The firm hit a very hard patch after its glory days in the early 2010s, but it can now take pride in a comprehensive, high-quality mobile offering. Users can now enjoy the top-notch features of HTC U11, albeit in a smaller package, for only $350. Did you buy the U11?

A release date for Australia is now unclear, but we've asked HTC and hope to hear more soon. In addition, in this device used exactly the battery and pixel density in the screen as in Google's Pixel 2 XL. Though here, as with the U11, it can either trigger Google assistant or Alexa, rather than having to call them out by name.

The HTC U11+ sticks on to a single rear camera with 12MP resolution and also the 3.5mm headphone jack is absent as well. Out of the box, you'll get Android 7.1 Nougat with Google's stock apps and interface.

What actually happened was the "Muskie" got axed, the LG "Taimen" became the Pixel XL 2 which eventually launched, alongside HTC's "Walleye" Pixel 2.

The three color options for the HTC U11 Plus are: Amazing Silver, Ceramic Black and Translucent Black. We will keep you updated if that plan changes, but for now HTC's official stance is it won't be bringing the U11 Plus to those in the US.

The device will be available on sale from 20th of November and is priced at £699. It offers a almost edge-to-edge display, a massive (especially for HTC) 4000mAh battery, and a cool looking model with a translucent case so that you can see some of the components inside the phone.