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HTC U12 Life
  • Operating system

    Android 8.1

  • Screen size

    6 in

  • Processor frequency

    1.8 GHz

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HTC still has some difficulties in getting back to where it was at the beginning of the smartphone era, despite some interesting models. Targeting the mid-range segment, HTC U12 Life is likely to face stiff competition.

The design of this HTC is rather successful, with a two-tone plastic, with stripes that help to ensure a good grip. If the finishes are excellent, it is a pity that the screen edges have not been optimized, so the smartphone could have been less imposing. Otherwise, it has all the expectations of such a smartphone in 2019, between the dual SIM card (or micro-SD card), NFC and the fingerprint reader that is fine, with the USB-c port.

The slab is 6 inches diagonal, with good definition for visual comfort. On the other hand, it suffers from a largely perfectible respect for colours, with tints that turn blue in addition: fortunately, a passage through the adjustments can reduce this problem. The concern is that the contrast is not more convincing, and that the brightness, if it is good at its maximum, is too high in the other case not to disturb in case of night reading.

There is indeed a mini-jack port on the HTC U12 Life, which does its job properly even if the lack of power can be felt. On the other hand, the loudspeaker is just mediocre in its reproduction.

While the U12 Life is not the brand's most powerful smartphone, what it delivers in power is sufficient for the vast majority of uses, unless you launch many demanding applications at the same time. The games will require some graphic concessions to keep a constant fluidity, but nothing too embarrassing.

In the photo, HTC has equipped its U12 Life with two sensors that work together. The tandem works well for daytime photos, with a beautiful stitch, a strong contrast and pleasant details, which fade just a little on the edges, but faithful colors. In the darkness, unfortunately, it deteriorates: the details are smoothed to excess, the colours drool and the whole thing deteriorates very strongly. The portrait mode suffers from too much play on the depth of field. The sensor on the front, for selfies, suffers from the same defects as the two main ones, namely a very good rendering in full light, and degraded in semi-darkness. On the other hand, video recording is not a major concern for the HTC U12 Life.

The generous battery benefits this U12 Life, which shows great endurance because the smartphone arrives safely two days after use away from any electrical outlet, making it a very good model.

Review of the HTC U12 Life done by Julien Hany the 2019/03/15

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Key points

Video resolution

2160 p

Photo resolution

16 MP

Internal storage (Version 64GB / 4GB RAM, Dual SIM )

64 GB

RAM (Version 64GB / 4GB RAM, Dual SIM )

4096 MB

Processor frequency

1.8 GHz

Screen size

6 in

Photo resolution (Front camera)

13 MP

Capacity

3600 mAh

PPI

402

Front Flash

Yes

Weak points

Weight

175 oz

Radio

No

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Technical specifications

The HTC U12 Life has several versions, you will find the features of the 128GB / 6GB RAM, Single SIM version then on the (128GB / 6GB RAM, Dual SIM , 64GB / 4GB RAM, Single SIM , 64GB / 4GB RAM, Dual SIM ) alternative versions, only with features that are differents form the principal sheet.

General
Operating system Android 8.1
Available Yes
Released (US) September 2018
Original price (US) 349 $
Released (FR) September 2018
Street price (EUR) 349 €
Design Candybar
Color
Blue
Purple
SAR 0.66 W/kg
Rugged No
Display
Screen type LCD
Resolution 2160x1080 pixels
Screen size 6 in
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
Colors 16 777 216
3D No
PPI 402
Network
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies 850
900
1800
1900
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
UMTS Yes
UMTS Frequencies 850
900
1900
2100
HSPA Yes
HSPA+ Yes
Maximum theoretical bandwith 42 Mbit/s
CDMA No
4G LTE Yes
LTE Frequencies 700
800
850
900
1700/2100
1900
2100

2600
WiMAX No
Digital Camera / Video
Back camera Yes
3D No
Photo resolution 16 MP
Video resolution 2160 p
Flash Yes
Flash type Dual LED
Features High Dynamic Range Mode (HDR)
Panorama
Front camera Yes
Photo resolution 13 MP
Front Flash Yes
Sensor
Accelerometer Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Compass Yes
Barometer No
Ambient light sensor Yes
Fingerprint Yes
Size and weight
75.4 in
8.3 in
158.5 in
175 oz
HTC U12 Life
Height 158.5 in
Width 75.4 in
Thickness 8.3 in
Weight 175 oz
Hardware
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SDM636
Processor frequency 1.8 GHz
Core number Octo Core
RAM 6144 MB
Internal storage 128 GB
Removable storage Yes
Memory card microSD
microSDHC
microSDXC
Connectivity
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi Standard 802.11a
802.11ac
802.11b
802.11g
802.11n
Wi-Fi hotspot Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 5.0
Profiles Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP)
Low Energy (LE)
GPS Yes
GPS type A-GPS
USB Yes
USB version 2.0
USB connector type Type-C
USB features USB charging
Mass storage device
Audio Yes
Headset jack 3.5mm
HDMI No
DLNA No
NFC Yes
Dual SIM No
eSIM No
Infrared No
Multimedia
Music player Yes
Supported formats eAAC+
FLAC
MP3
WAV
Video player Yes
Supports H.264
MPEG4
Radio No
FM Transmitter No
Battery
Battery type Lithium-ion
Capacity 3600 mAh
Qi wireless charging No
Quick Charge No
Connectivity
Dual SIM Yes
Hardware
RAM 4096 MB
Internal storage 64 GB
Hardware
RAM 4096 MB
Internal storage 64 GB
Connectivity
Dual SIM Yes



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