Google’s Android One initiative seems rejuvenated with the launch of exclusive Android One handsets from the likes of Xiaomi and Motorola. Now, it appears HTC is gearing up for a launch of an Android One handset allegedly called HTC U11 Life, internally called HTC Ocean Life.
HTC tipster @LlabTooFer has posted alleged specs of the handset on his Twitter page. According to the leak, the upcoming HTC U11 Life Android One handset will be a mid-range device. In terms of specs, the smartphone will come with a 5.2-inch Full HD display.
Under the hood, the smartphone gets powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor bundled with either 3GB or 4GB of RAM, and 32GB or 64GB of built-in storage. Optics on the smartphone will include 16MP primary camera, as well as a 16MP front-facing shooter for selfies.
Other features on the smartphone will include Edge Sense Squeezing gesture, IP67 dust and water resistance, as well USonic headphones that should come bundled in the box. Elsewhere, the HTC U11 Life is also said to be the first Android One branded handset to ship with the latest version of Google’s mobile OS called Android Oreo.
The handset will offer a pure, unadulterated, stock Android experience thanks to the Android One OS on-board, making sure users get guaranteed updates for at least two years. It’s the same operating system Google deploys on its flagship Pixel range of handsets.
Put simply, the Android One OS is not tweaked by manufacturers with custom Android skins we usually come see in smartphones from Samsung, LG, Sony, and more. For instance, HTC smartphones come with a slightly tweaked version of Android with their proprietary Android skin called ‘Sense UI’. Though, that won’t be the case with the upcoming HTC U11 Life as it’ll ship with stock Android.
In other related news, Google has officially confirmed that Motorola’s upcoming Moto X4 will be the first Android One handset to release in the United States. The Android One branded Moto X4 will soon hit US stores and carry a price tag of $399.