Taiwanese smartphone brand is going through possibly the rough time it ever had since its inception. Brands such as Huawei and Xiaomi are killing the company in leading countries such as China, India, and the US.
As a result, HTC is no more the brand who launched the first Android smartphone. It is no more the brand which launched the first metal-clad Android smartphone. Lastly, it’s no more the same which we witnessed a few years ago.
However, in the last two years, the company is slightly back to the winning ways. The HTC 10 was a solid smartphone of 2016 but was overshadowed by the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Google Pixel smartphones, who proved to be marginally better than the former.
HTC did not stop the fight and revamped the product lineup by releasing the HTC U Ultra and HTC U Play earlier this year. But they turned out to be the disappointment because of improper specifications. But the standout feature amongst the two phones was the design.
And in May 2017, HTC launched its true flagship of 2017- the HTC U11, which is a massive hit for the company. And yes, HTC addressed the pricing aspect with the U11 by releasing it for a mere Rs. 51,990 in India and $649 in other countries.
Although HTC is currently enjoying the success of U11, the Taiwanese smartphone company is reportedly working on the smaller variant of U11, and it will be called as HTC Ocean Life as tipped by LlabTooFeR, the most reliable HTC leaker ever.
LlabTooFeR posted a series of tweets on Twitter, which allegedly revealed the specifications of the mini HTC U11. The device will sport a 5.2-inch Full HD display, unlike the 5.5-inch Quad HD screen seen on the U11.
The phone will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset, instead of the Snapdragon 835 used on the U11. It will have 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. At the moment, it is unknown whether the storage is expandable or not.
Also, the HTC U11 will have a 16MP camera at the rear and a 16MP large selfie camera. HTC will add the Bluetooth 5.0 support in the Ocean Life. The device will be powered by the Android 7.1.1 Nougat based Sense 9.0 UI on top.
In addition, the smaller variant of the U11 will feature the marquee feature of the HTC U11- the Edge Sense technology. HTC has added an Edge sensor at the sides of the phone which by squeezing the device will do some actions- opening Google Assistant, capturing an image in the camera app, etc. The HTC Ocean Life will have UltraSonic technology. It may lack the 3.5mm headphone jack as well.
The HTC Ocean Life will be released in coming days, maybe in August 2017 with a much lower price tag than the HTC U11.