HTC launching Android One budget edition of the U11

HTC U11 Life will be part of the Android One program

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Android One is Google’s programme spearheaded by CEO Sundar Pichai for emerging markets. Devices with the OS come with a stripped down version of stock Android with budget specs and price points. Each major manufacturer has been dipping their toes into this market that caters heavily to countries such as India and other parts of East Asia. The latest is HTC with a design based on its quirky U11, called U11 Life.

The full specs of the U11 Life leaked today, courtesy of a source that’s been accurate with regard to HTC phones in the past. The U11 Life is said to come with a 5.2-inch 1080p touchscreen, 16MP rear camera and a 16MP selfie snapper. Doesn’t sound very budget-spec does it?

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HTC’s U11 Life: big bezel, small price tag?

It will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 processor and the battery will be a quaint 2,600mAh. Buyers will have a choice of two models: one with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage and the other with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. The Edge Sense feature that lets you squeeze the U11’s frame to perform actions will be present in the U11 Life too, along with USonic headphones and IP67 water and dust resistance. The U11 Life will run Android 8.0 Oreo from day one, giving HTC a leg up over the current competition.

There’s no word on pricing yet but it won’t be much of a surprise considering the usual range for Android One phones.