A few days ago we shared the news that Google’s Android One program is back. Xiaomi was on board with the program and has already announced the Xiaomi Mi A1 (Android One).
Recent leaks suggest that HTC may also be making their own Android One smartphone, based on their upcoming phone: U11 Life.
Xiaomi Mi A1 is also a rebranded version of another phone, the Mi 5X.
News about HTC joining Android One program was leaked by LlabTooFeR, a custom ROM maker that also leaks HTC news every now and then.
HTC Ocean_Life will be released under Android One program. It will lose most of the HTC apps and run stock Android O with Sense 9.0_A1.
— LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) September 13, 2017
The “Ocean Life” mentioned here is in fact a code name for the upcoming HTC U11 Life, as revealed by Android Authority last month.
Evan Blass joined in sharing an image for the HTC Android One as well:
This is true. And it looks like this, for those who haven't seen… pic.twitter.com/gThlkozEdF
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 13, 2017
Display and Camera
From the looks of it, the HTC Android One looks very similar to the ill-fated flagship, the U11. As for the specifications, it will have a 5.2 inch Super LCD Full HD (1920 x 1080) display with a fingerprint sensor on the home button on its face.
The front camera is a 16 MP shooter, same as the back camera which also comes with phase detection autofocus.
Another interesting piece of detail is that it will feature U11’s Edge Sense feature where you squeeze the phone for specific tasks. As the feature spreads to other phones, it will allow more people to try it out which will inevitably lead to popularity for HTC.
As is the norm with Android One phones, they don’t come with any kind of bloatware. HTC’s apps will not be coming in the Android One.
Hardware and Storage
As for the processor, U11 Life will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 with an unknown amount of RAM. Storage options are limited to 32 GB with a microSD card slot for expansion.
The phone is also water and dust proof with an IP 67 rating. It is also likely that it will not have a headphone jack, however we can’t say for sure.
As HTC’s Android One venture is still unconfirmed, the pricing is also unknown. We expect that it might come around $300 as it features similar specifications as the Xiaomi Mi A1. Take all of this with a grain of salt.