Recently we have seen a huge push by smartphone OEMs to launch Android One branded smartphones. The Chinese company Xiaomi a few weeks back launched its first Android One smartphone, the Mi A1 for the South Asian markets. Now, reports have come in that Google wants to bring the program to the United States. As per the reports, to do so the company has partnered up with many OEMs to launch Android One powered devices. The company with the launch of the Mi A1 also launched a new logo for the program.
There have been reports pointing towards the fact that Motorola has been developing an Android One smartphone and as per the leaked images it might be the Moto X4 running on the Android One platform. Today a new report has surfaced from two popular leakers stating that HTC might also be working on an Android One device that it is planning to launch soon. It seems like the new device will be a toned down variant of the HTC U11 which in our review performed exceptionally good.
This is true. And it looks like this, for those who haven’t seen… pic.twitter.com/gThlkozEdF
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 13, 2017
A Custom ROM developer LlabTooFeR who also leaks news related to HTC on various occasions has said that the company will be soon unveiling an Android One device with the name Ocean Life. As per him, the device will be running on stock Android software with a bit of customisations including Edge Sense, Zoe and the HTC Camera app.
The popular Twitter leakster also said the same and posted an image of the device on his Twitter handle, however, in the image he posted it seems as if the Ocean Life is running HTC’s own Sense UI. Android Central had previously reported that the alleged HTC Ocean Life will be called the HTC U11 Life. As per the report, the phone will launch exclusively in the US with T-Mobile. It will feature a 5.2-inch Full HD display, 16-megapixel camera on both the front and back. It will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, which would be a huge departure from the U11’s Snapdragon 835 which performed extremely well in our test.
It is also said that the HTC U11 Life will retain the HTC U11’s Edge Squeeze gestures which made the phone unique. HTC might be watering down the specifications of the HTC U11 to launch an Android One smartphone, however, Xiaomi took a different way and rebranded the Mi 5X without changing any specifications, and same is being said for Motorola. As of now we currently don’t know when and for how much will HTC launch this new smartphone.