HTC U12 Life with a slick shiny back and Snapdragon 636 announced

HTC has announced its brand new mid-range smartphone, the HTC U12 Life today at the eve of the IFA 2018 kick-off. Now, this isn’t a surprise launch as the company had issued a teaser earlier which we reported here at Gizchina. It is priced £299 in the United Kingdom and sadly it isn’t coming to the US this time.

Specs-wise you’ll find a Snapdragon 636 inside which is a reasonable upgrade over the Snapdragon 630 in its predecessor. The front 18:9 panel is 6.0-inches and has IPS LCD tech with Full-HD+ resolution. If anyone hates notches and likes HTC, this seems to be a good mid-range new option.

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For optics, the rear cameras have an array of 16MP + 5MP sensors and the front is endowed with a 13MP single sensor with f/2.0 aperture. It is a dual SIM device and has 4GB/6GB RAM and 64GB/128GB storage options. The package is rounded off with a 3,600mAh battery.

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The HTC U11 Life successor has a new plastic back with a slick and shiny backside. Yup, it’s not metal or glass but it mimics metal. In terms of colours, it is much reminiscent of the dual-tone Pixel 2 rear but it is much shiny and comes in different colours. HTC has probably made a ton of these shiny rear panels before and this is an evolution of that design.

  • 6-inch (2160 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 IPS 2.5D curved glass display
  • 1.8GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 636 14nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 509 GPU
  • 4GB LPDDR4x  RAM, 64GB (UFS2.1) storage, expandable memory with microSD
  • Android 8.1 (Oreo) with HTC Sense
  • Dual SIM
  • 16MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, Dual LED flash, 5MP secondary rear camera
  • 13MP front-facing camera with LED flash, f/2.0 aperture
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Dimensions: 158.5 x 75.4 x 8.3 mm; Weight: 175g
  • Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4 / 5GHz) MIMO, Bluetooth 5, GPS + GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C
  • 3600mAh (typical) / 3500mAh (minimum) battery

The HTC U12 Life also has a headphone jack, USB Type-C and NFC and it runs Android 8.1 Oreo with HTC Sense. Yay or Nay?

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1 Comment

  1. Cinegain
    August 30, 2018

    Haven’t been interested in a HTC since their Desire series.
    Used to have a Desire Z. Now that was filling a gap in the market. This? I don’t know, but this seems over a year behind of the times…