HTC announces today a "Lite" version of the HTC U12 Plus flagship. The HTC U12 Life is a mid-range smartphone that is more likely to be a successor to last year's U11 Life than a U12 Plus at a lower price. HTC is using a 6-inch FHD + (2160 x 1080) display with an aspect ratio of 18: 9 and a 1500: 1 contrast ratio this year. While most cell phone manufacturers are pushing for notches, HTC is still avoiding them with the U12 Life once, but the company has slightly shrunk the bezels at the bottom and top of the screen.
The most obvious changes from last year's model may be found in the design. HTC supplies the U1
HTC uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor inside, coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage (a 128GB model will also be available in Taiwan) , The U12 Life also supports dual-SIM or the ability to use a microSD card in one of the SIM slots. The Snapdragon 636 should offer about 40 percent better processor performance and 10 percent better graphics performance than the Snapdragon 630 in the U11 Life. The phone is powered by a substantial 3,600mAh battery.
HTC U12 Life also includes a dual camera setup. There is a 16 megapixel sensor and a 5 megapixel rear sensor, but unlike the U12 Plus, the front camera is limited to a single 13 megapixel sensor. Both the front and rear cameras have f / 2.0 apertures. HTC has added an LED flash and HDR support to the front camera for improved selfies in low light.
Elsewhere, the U12 Life also includes stereo speakers and a headphone jack. HTC says the company was able to bring the headphone jack back, as the larger 6-inch display meant there was more room for them and there was no design trade-off. Unfortunately, the U12 Life will ship with Android 8.1, not the latest version of Android 9 (Pie), and it will not be an Android One device. That means it will also include HTC's Sense adjustments, which consist of a lightweight Android-based skin and a handful of HTC apps.
HTC will award the U12 Life at less than half the price of the U12 Plus consumers will be able to get one for £ 299 (€ 349) when it is available in Europe at the end of September. Unlike last year's U11 Life, however, HTC does not plan to bring U12 life to the US.