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HTC U12 Life: A Water-Down Version Of U12 Flagship

HTC U12 Life is now official, the device is the watered-down variant of the U12 Plus flagship smartphone which debuted at number 2 on DXOMark.

The U12 Life is powered by the Snapdragon 636 chipset. It also sports dual rear camera and comes with other great internal features. Lets see what else the U12 Life has to offer.

HTC U12 Life Specs and Features

・6-inch FHD+ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 2160 pixels
・Android 8.1 Oreo with 4GB RAM
・Octa-core 1.8GHz Snapdragon 636
・64GB built-in storage
・16MP + 5MP rear camera and 13MP front camera
・3600mAh non-removable Battery

Design And Display

From afar, it looks like a smartphone from Google, particularly the Pixels. The back was designed with two distinct textures. The upper part is covered with smooth acrylic glass, while the bottom has a horizontal line etched into the glass.

At the top left corner, we can see the iPhone X-like dual rear camera, while the fingerprint scanner takes its position as well. Turning to the sides, it measures 8.3 mm in thickness and weighs 175g.

HTC U12 Life

The front is built around a tall FHD+ display with no narrow bezels in sight. While the top and bottom bezels are moderate. On the bright side, there’s no notch just like the U12 Plus. It has a 6-inch FHD+ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels and 402 pixels per inch density for sharp visuals. The screen also stretches up to 77.7% screen-to-body ratio.

Hardware and Software

Sitting behind the screen is the Snapdragon 636 chip from Qualcomm. It is manufactured on the 14nm process node and has an 8-core processor that is clocked at 1.8GHz. This is aided by the Adreno 509 graphics processing Unit.

For multitasking, you get the usual 4GB of RAM space available and ready to multitask. In the storage department, the device boasts of 64GB but you can upgrade up to 256GB. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box as well.

Camera And Connectivity

In the photography segment, the phone is equipped with dual 16MP + 5MP rear camera. The 16MP is the main camera with f/2.0 aperture and Phase Detection, while the 5MP is for background blur. The selfie camera is a 13MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture.

The U12 Life supports 4G LTE connectivity and accommodates dual Nano SIMs. It also has support for Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type C, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot and A-GPS, GLONASS.

Battery And Availability

The HTC U12 Life is powered by a non-removable 3600mAh battery with fast charging technology. HTC U12 Life will be available on shopping stores, starting from $349 to $399, that’s about (N120,000 – N140,000).

Full Specification of HTC U12 Life

・Announced: August 2018
・Status: Available. September 2018

・Network Technology: GSM / WCDMA / LTE
・3G Support: WCDMA: B1 2100MHz / B8 900 MHz / 1900 MHz / 850 MHz
・4G Support: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700), 32(1500), 38(2600), 40(2300), 66(1700/2100)
・Dual SIM Support: Yes (Nano + Nano)

・Material Type: Aluminium alloy + Glass
・Dimensions: 158.5 x 75.4 x 8.3 mm
・Colour: Moonlight Blue, Twilight Purple
・Weight: 175g

・Screen Type: FHD+ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
・Size: 6-inch
・Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels
・Pixel Density: 402ppi
・Screen to Body Ratio: 76.72%

・Operating system: Android 8.1 Oreo
・Processor: Octa-core 1.8GHz
・Chipset type: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
・Graphics Processing Unit: Adreno 509

・Memory Card Slot: Yes, up to 256GB
・Internal storage: 64GB

・Back Camera: 16MP + 5MP
・Front Camera: 13MP
・Back Flash: Yes, LED
・Front Flash: No

・WiFi Hotspot: Yes
・Bluetooth: Yes
・Face Unlock: No
・Fingerprint Sensor: Yes (Rear)
・Sensors: accelerometer, proximity, ambient light, compass, gyroscope
・USB: 2.0
・GPS: Yes
・3.5mm Audio Jack: Yes

・Capacity: 3600mAh
・Type: Li-Po
・Standby Time: –
・Talktime: –
・Fast Charging: Yes

Joseph Young
Joseph Young
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