HTC is reportedly working on a mid-segment smartphone which is probably based on the lines of its current flagship HTC U11. The phone is being called HTC U11 Life and is said to come with Android One interface instead of HTC’s own Sense UI.
LlabTooFeR , known for leaking HTC smartphones, has tweeted several details about the phone. The tweet says it will be based on Snapdragon 630. Currently two mid-segment phones, the Asus Zenfone 4 and the Moto X4 are based on the recently launched platform from Qualcomm. Compared to the Snapdragon 626 found on Moto Z2 Play the chip has some flagship features like support for faster LPDDR4 memory, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi up to 433 Mbit/s, USB 3.1.
Next, it says HTC U11 Life will come in two variants — with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage and with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. It is not known if the storage is expandable or a dual SIM variant of the phone will be sold. But there are bright chances that both options will be available, as the markets Android One was developed for have a huge demand for these features.
The phone will have a 5.2 inch display with fullHD 1080p resolution and a 16-megapixel camera in front. The rear camera also has the same resolution but it could be a different sensor. It will have a 2600mAh battery.
HTC U11 Life is IP67 water and dust resistant like the U11 and will run the latest version of Android One, built on Android 8.0 Oreo. The phone will also come with HTC’s propriety USonic audio and the ‘squeeze’ EdgeSense feature that the company introduced on the U11. Sensors lined on the phones left and right edges allow you to perform custom functions by just squeezing the phone in your hold. In our review we wrote: ‘The Edge Sense on-board the U11 — besides being a gimmick that could have done with a simple button like the Bixby button on-board the Samsung Galaxy S8 — comes with limited functionality for now, like short squeeze and squeeze and hold to operate one app at a time.’
Bringing down flagship features to mid-segment smartphones is a strategy that has worked well for Samsung and Apple. While Samsung trickled down its water-resistant all glass design to its A-series phones, Apple brought down the latest chipset and cameras on its iPhone SE back in time they were launched and they were an instant hit.