The new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones recently started shipping to customers and represent Google’s vision of Android 8.0 Oreo. Fortunately, you don’t have to drop over $600 to get that experience. Android One phones are basically Google’s budget Pixel line and HTC is about to launch their first one, the HTC U11 Life. The Android One program launched to bring affordable and reliable pure Android smartphones to emerging markets, but it’s popularity is quickly spreading and North America just got it’s first one with the Moto X4. Will the HTC U11 Life be number 2?
HTC is holding a launch event on November 2nd and it’s widely believed that the U11 Plus will be revealed. This will be a high-end flagship with a 6-inch, 18:9 display and Snapdragon 835. The U11 Life is now also believed to be part of the event. Specs are rumored to include a 5.2-inch, 16:9 IPS LCD display at FHD and covered by an unknown version of Gorilla Glass. A Snapdragon 630 will likely be onboard (allowing up to 300 Mbps downstream via LTE) with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, and microSD support will be included. It will have an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance. Colors are thought to include Brilliant Black (above), Sapphire Blue and Ice White
The phone has a fingerprint sensor/home button on the front and hardware buttons on either side, all sitting on a sizable bottom chin. The main camera is expected to be 16 megapixels at f/2.0 and support HDR, 4k video and RAW format. The front facing camera will also be a 16 megapixel shooter at f/2.0. A smallish, non-removable 2,600mAh battery will be installed, but the smaller screen coupled with Android 8.0 Oreo and an efficient 14-nanometer SoC should get most people through a full day. Edge Sense, allowing you to squeeze the phone to launch an app, will also be included.
The bottom of the phone will have a USB-C port supporting USB 2.0 and microphones that can record high resolution audio. A headphone jack is unfortunately absent, which is the trend these days, but HTC USonic USB-C headphones with Active Noise Cancellation will ship in the box.
The U11 Life should retail for around $399 in the US (similar to the Moto X4) and a version with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage could also surface in some markets.
Source: Roland Quandt