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This might be HTC’s first Android One phone

by Justin Herrick | September 13, 2017September 13, 2017 2:30 pm EST

HTC isn’t done for the year. Until today, it didn’t look as if the company was planning the release of another notable phone for 2017. Now we’re learning about a phone that could arrive this fall and belong to Android One.

LlabTooFeR, who’s well-informed on all things HTC, and Evan Blass have both shared the existence of device known as Ocean Life or U11 Life. The latter insider even showed us an image of what the phone will look like.

The Taiwanese company’s first dip into Android One will be similar to other offerings on the market. Google’s program focuses exclusively on mid-range and low-end devices, trying to make them perform better by running a clean version of Android. So ignore the presence of HTC Sense in the leaked image. The hardware is what will be the same.

The Ocean Life (or U11 Life) is rumored to feature a 5.2-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 630 processor, 32GB of internal storage, a 16MP rear camera, and an IP67 rating to resist water and dust. It’ll run stock Android, but HTC won’t drop Edge Sense for touch-sensitive actions.

Google is making a visible push for Android One to grow as the calendar turns to 2018. Earlier this month the company watched as Xiaomi announced its first phone for the program. The Mi A1, which doesn’t have any traces of MIUI as Android One makes stock Android a requirement, will be released throughout the world later this year. And last week a rumor came out that Motorola would have the Moto X4 arrive in the U.S. as an Android One phone. Having a number of partners on-hand to consistently introduce new hardware gives the program much-needed visibility.

HTC hasn’t sent out any invites for a launch event, but you probably shouldn’t expect one for the Ocean Life or U11 Life. Android One phones aren’t high-end, glitzy products. They’re simple. HTC is likely to do a brief online-only announcement on October 20 as that’s the date listed on the leaked image.

Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...