HTC U12 Life Launched: 6-inch Mid-Range with Two-Toneby Ian Cutress on August 30, 2018 10:00 AM EST
In a raft of smartphone announcements at IFA 2018, next on the list is from HTC with the U12 Life. The U12 Life is the more mid-range version of the U12 family, which also contains the U12+ that was announced in May. The new smartphone still goes big with a 6-inch 2160x1080 display, with an 18:9 aspect ratio, and no notch as smartphones used to be.
At the heart of the U12 Life is the Snapdragon 636, with eight Kryo 260 cores and an Adreno 509 GPU, placing it firmly in the mid-range. This follows through with the cameras, upgraded from the U11 Life with a dual rear camera (16MP + 5MP, f/2.0) and a front camera (13MP f/2.0). HTC has put a focus on selfies here, offering a front camera LED flash.
Other features of the smartphone include 4GB of DRAM, 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage, and an expandable microSD slot. The fingerprint sensor is on the rear, which comes with the textured glass back on the bottom half of the smartphone for a two-tone effect – HTC calls this a dual-tone liquid surface. The battery is rated at 3600 mAh, with up to 10W charging, and will be offered in two colors: Moonlight Blue and Twilight Purple.
The phone supports dual nano-SIMs with dual LTE, and has both a 3.5 mm audio jack and USB Type-C connection. The modem inside is good up to Cat 11, or 600 Mbps download. Other wireless connectivity comes via an 802.11ac module with NFC and Bluetooth 5.0.
Pricing for the Life should be around 350 Euro, launching in EMEA later next month. We'll try and get a hands on while we're here at IFA.