For a long time, HTC has parted with the hardware for Google, and HTC's ailing mobile business has shifted from top-tier to middle-class. The HTC U12 Life introduced at the IFA in 2018 now refrains from some of today's common design principles of the numerous iPhone clones available on the market. Strong specifications and a fairly stable design make him a candidate for the best middle-class smartphone out there.
Immediately it is obvious that the design has taken many cues from the original Pixel smartphones – all of which we know that HTC was responsible for – with a slightly similar two-color backplate, including some interesting subtle stripes that probably loved or to be abhorred. Even the fingerprint scanner sits in a position almost identical to the original pixel, but the rear camera module was literally torn right out of the Apple Playbook.
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Onboard memory is limited to 64 GB, but can be extended via the microSD card slot. The 3.600mAh battery in combination with the more efficient Snapdragon 636 will hopefully give users a whole day of trouble. HTC claims it should be good for up to 12 hours of regular LTE browsing or 13 hours of uninterrupted video playback.
– HTC (@htc) August 30, 2018
Wired headphone users welcome the inclusion of the 3.5mm Audio hacks, but the U12 Life also includes stereo speakers for better wireless media consumption. The USB-C charging port is easy to charge and forget to become an audio interface – assuming you still have the option. If wireless headsets are more your thing then the HTC Life also supports Bluetooth 5.
Elsewhere, the dual 16MP and 5MP cameras add the ability to shoot video in 4K at 30fps or 1080p at 60fps while the front has 13MP camera a real LED flash for even better lighting for your selfies. Both the front and rear cameras have f / 2.0 lenses while supporting HDR for increased image contrast, color depth, and brighter images.
The HTC U12 Life comes with Android Oreo 8.1, with no information on an update to Android Pie yet available. This release will also include HTC Sense UI customizations, which are relatively lightweight compared to other OEM Android skins. Expect a handful of HTC apps in addition to the standard stick experience.
Currently only European and British prices are available for the U12 Life, which is about half the price of the U12 Plus. You can pick it up for £ 299 in the UK or € 349 in continental Europe later in September. The disappointing part is that unlike U11 Life, it's not yet known if HTC plans to release U12 Life in the US.
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