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HTC U12 Life: A Premium Mid-Ranger With No Compromises

Today at IFA, HTC has unveiled the HTC U12 Life smartphone, the midrange version of the U12 Plus launched earlier. The phone has a two-tone design on the back like the Pixel. The lower half of the back has a textured finish which doesn’t catch any fingerprints and leads to better grip. The specifications of this device had leaked a while ago but as it turned out those rumors weren’t true. Read further for detailed specifications and price.

HTC U12 Life Price

The HTC U12 Life will be priced at GBP 300 (INR 25000 approximately) for the 4GB/64GB version which apparently seems to be the only variant except a 6GB/128GB one only for Taiwan. There will be two color options, Moonlight Blue and Twilight Purple. The device will be made available in Europe, Asia and Middle East in September.

HTC U12 Life Specifications:

The HTC 12 Life comes with a 6-inch FHD+ display (1080×2160 pixels) with an 18:9 aspect ratio. HTC did not include a notch in the display standing by its promise to not to do so in any of its smartphones. It packs a Snapdragon 636 processor instead of a 660 as suggested by the rumors. You could easily speculate that this phone runs on Android One looking at the U11 Life but unfortunately, it does not.

It still runs on Android 8.1 Oreo but with HTC Sense skin on top. There is a respectable 3600mAh battery included which is great considering that the predecessor had only a 2600mAh one. There is a Type-C port but no fast charging though. It comes in only one variant, with 4GB of ram and 64GB of storage which can be expanded via a microSD card. HTC has included stereo speaker system which uses the earpiece and the main speaker for the effect and this time around, HTC also kept the 3.5mm headphone jack.

U12 Life sports a vertical Dual Camera setup on the rear with 16MP+5MP sensors both with f/2.0 aperture size. It is capable of recording 1080p video at 60 fps and 4K at 30 fps. The secondary camera only does bokeh effect, no artistic telephoto or wide-angle lens here. The front-facing camera is 13MP with HDR and beauty mode.

In my opinion, offering a midrange processor at this price might not be in the best interest of consumers and ditching Android One is another bad decision. Nevertheless, those cameras provide some great lowlight shots. That, with the big battery and the nice looking screen, could be a good package for someone who hates notches.


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