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Deal: Get the unlocked HTCU11 for $345 ($304 off)

Even in the face of smartphones with stretched-out displays, the HTCU11 is still a solid buy. Just make sure to come to peace with no headphone jack.

Published onMarch 23, 2018

If you are willing to go down the eBay route, you can pick up the still-excellent HTC U11 for $345, down $304 from the original $649 that HTC still sells the phone for from its website.

This is the unlocked version, which is compatible with AT&T’s, T-Mobile’s, and Verizon’s networks. There is no Wi-Fi calling for Verizon customers, while AT&T folks must make do with no Wi-Fi calling or VoLTE. Sprint customers are out of luck, since they must pick up separate U11 variant that works with the network.

According to the seller, which holds a 99.4% positive feedback rating on eBay, the U11 is in new condition. However, the phone comes in a generic box and does not include HTC’s USB Type-C earbuds. You can pick up the earbuds by themselves for $40, though they are currently sold out on HTC’s website.

Even though the HTC U12 Plus promises to be an absolute beast, the HTCU11 still holds its own in more ways than one. As a quick recap, the U11 features a 5.5-inch, QHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) display, octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of expandable storage.

Additionally, there is one 12MP around back and a 16MP sensor up front. The fingerprint sensor, flanked by the back and multitasking buttons on either side, can be found around front at the bottom.

HTC in 2018: Will it be able to turn things around?

The U11 features a small-ish 3,000mAh battery and lacks a headphone jack. However, the phone received its Android Oreo update this past November, with an upgrade to Android P almost certainly in the cards.

Given HTC’s recent layoffs and poor financials, it is fair to question the company’s future. With presumably another year of updates, however, the U11 is still an excellent purchase.

You can pick up the deal at the link below.

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