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Leaked HTC U11 Life looks like its first Android One phone

HTC is holding a press event on November 2, where it expected to unveil the HTC U11 Plus, a larger version of its flagship device with an edge-to-edge screen.

However, judging by a leak on Friday, it appears as though the company has more in store in the shape of the mid-range, previously rumoured HTC U11 Life.

If the leak from winfuture.de is to be believed, this will be the firm’s first handset to be part of the Android One program.

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According to the leak the handset will ship with the latest Android Oreo software to boot.

Other specs are said to include:

  • 5.2-inch, 1080p screen
  • Octa-core Snapdragon 630 processor
  • 3GB of RAM / 32GB of internal storage space (microSD expandable)
  • 16-megapixel cameras and the front and back of the phone
  • 2,600mAh battery
  • IP67 certification
  • Gorilla Glass display protection
  • Bluetooth 5.0 / NFC / USB-C / No headphone jack
  • Edge Sense technology

The leak also says HTC is shipping the phone with the USonic active noise cancelling headphones that were bundled in with the original U11.

The purest version of Android

Android One phones, in Google’s own words, present Android at its best. The handsets are stripped of any unnecessary bloatware, are guaranteed speedy Android updates for two years and have the Google Assistant on board.

Effectively, they’re doing what the Nexus program did before Mountain View went all in on the high-end, “Made by Google” Pixel phones.

Other handsets in the range include the Moto X4 and the Xiaomi Mi A1.

Overall this sounds like the more exciting of the two devices HTC is reportedly planning to unveil on November 2.

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