The HTC U12 Life has come to Berlin and soon will head out to the world at the end of September. It runs Android 8.1 Oreo, though not Android One.
The back of the phone features two distinct textures – smooth acrylic glass and horizontal lines etched into the glass. The end result is reminiscent of the Pixel phones, but has its own look too. Two color options will be on offer: Moonlight Blue and Twilight Purple.
Around the front is a 6-inch 18:9 screen, the same size as the U12+ screen. It has a 1,080 x 2,160px resolution so it’s not quite as sharp, but the good news is that HTC held strong and didn’t add a notch. Unlike the U12+, however, the U12 Life does have a 3.5mm jack.
There are two things important in Life – photography and battery life. For the latter, the phone comes equipped with a 3,600mAh power cell. There’s no fast charging on board, however, there’s just a regular 10W charger in the retail box. At least it charges over USB-C.
For photography, the HTC U12 Life has a 16+5MP dual camera on its back. The main sensor is behind an f/2.0 aperture and has Phase Detection AF. The secondary sensor is used for bokeh mode.
On the front is a 13MP camera (f/2.0, fixed focus), which has its own LED flash for selfies after dark. The rear camera records 2160p/30fps and 1080p/60fps video, for selfie videos the max resolution is 1080p.
A Snapdragon 636 chipset is hooked up to 4GB of RAM. There’s 64GB of built-in storage that can be expanded via the microSD slot.
On the connectivity side, the HTC U12 Life is a dual SIM phone with LTE (Cat. 11, up to 600Mbps down, 75Mbps up). Both SIMs can connect to LTE networks. Then there’s the Usual mix of Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5, NFC and GPS/GLONASS.
The phone will launch in Europe, Asia and the Middle East in late September. The UK price will be £300 (that's around €335).
Well if the price and specs will be comparable with Pocophone HTC can braktrough from darkness into the light othervise HTC is gone or it will be.
I already like this phone a million more times than the U12+. Thanks for keeping the 3.5 mm jack HTC. With more sensible decisions like these, HTC might come back to profits again and return to it's glory days.