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HTC U12 Life

Specifications

HTC U12 Life
HTC U12 Life (U Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
, 4GB or 6GB
Display
6 inch 18:9, 2160 x 1080 pixel 402 PPI, capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 64GB or 128GB, 54 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm audio, Card Reader: microSD, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, barometer, USB Type-C 2.0 (OTG)
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0, GSM (850/900/1,800/1,900), 3G UMTS (B1/B2/B5/B8/B42), HSUPA (6), 4G LTE FDD/TDD (B1/B2/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B12/B17/B20/B28/B32/B66/B38B/B40), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.3 x 158.5 x 75.4 ( = 0.33 x 6.24 x 2.97 in)
Battery
3600 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Camera
Primary Camera: 16 MPix 16+5MP (f/2.0)
Secondary Camera: 13 MPix f/2.0
Additional features
Speakers: 1 speaker, Keyboard: on-screen, Keyboard Light: yes, USB power supply, USB Type-C cable, stereo headset, HTC Sense, fanless
Weight
175 g ( = 6.17 oz / 0.39 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
300 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 75.52% - good
Average of 22 scores (from 39 reviews)
price: 75%, performance: 67%, features: 70%, display: 78% mobility: 79%, workmanship: 86%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 96%

Reviews for the HTC U12 Life

83.4% HTC U12 Life Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
HTC positions the U12 Life as a smartphone with amazing camera effects to suit and satisfy everyone's artistic needs and wishes. In addition, it is also capable of 4K video recording, is supposed to feature a high-performance SoC, and long battery life. Let's find out which claims will hold up to our review and which ones will fall victim to an overly zealous marketing department.
HTC U12 Life review: If at first you don’t succeed…
Source: Android Authority English
HTC is struggling and is clearly looking anywhere it can for success, even if that means completely disregarding what it has done previously in the Life series. Taken on its own, the HTC U12 Life is a decent enough phone, but there's just too much competition that's far better for the price to recommend it.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/26/2018
70% HTC U12 Life Review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
A phone that holds more modest expectations compared to its flagship sibling, but at least it meets them.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/16/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% HTC U12 Life review
Source: Techradar English
It's not the very best phone at the price, but with its big screen and unusual finish the HTC U12 Life offers a useful alternative to the glut of glass-backed phones.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/18/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% HTC U12 Life review
Source: PC Advisor English
Some of the decisions made for the U12 Life seem a little odd like ditching Android One and Edge Sense. However, some of this will be to achieve it's sub-£300 price tag which make it an interesting choice in the mid-range.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/18/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% HTC announces new super-budget phone
Source: Gadgetspeak English
HTC has just announced, at a “media pre-briefing” its latest super-budget phone. Scheduled to be available late September / early October this 6 inch 18:9 FHD+ (1080 x 2160) phone will have a retail price of £299 which places it firmly on the middle ground between the premium products and the real budget phones.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/02/2018
Rating: Total score: 90% workmanship: 80%
HTC U12 life hands-on review
Source: GSM Arena English
All things considered, HTC appears to be trying to go after the popular mid-rangers of the day. Offers from Xiaomi, Nokia and a few other players, like we mentioned earlier. That, however, is probably the most competitive space to be in right now.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/31/2018
HTC U12 Life first look
Source: Trusted Reviews English
For £299, the HTC U12 Life looks to represent a good deal. It has an attractive screen, decent specs and an interesting camera array.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/30/2018
HTC U12 Life review
Source: PC Advisor English
We might not agree with every decision made for the U12 Life, such as putting the fingerprint scanner in the shiniest part of the phone or ditching Android One. However, HTC appears to have done a pretty decent job of creating an attractive mid-range phone.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/30/2018
HTC U12 Life initial review: One seriously shiny mid-range phone
Source: Pocket Lint English
Overall, the HTC U12 Life gets a whole lot right for a mid-price handset. It's updated the screen size and aspect ratio compared to its predecessor, improved the battery capacity, and doubled-down on the cameras too.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/30/2018
HTC U12 Life hands-on review
Source: Stuff TV English
If it lives up to the specs and performs as it looks like it might, it'll be a very keenly priced mid-range handset that could give the likes of the Honor 9 a run for their money.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/30/2018
HTC U12 Life is like the Pixel 2, only prettier
Source: CNet English
The HTC U12 Life will sell in Europe but not the US or Australia. It's a midprice offering that will sell for £299, which converts to about $390 or AU$535. Apart from the Pixel-like backing, the U12 Life has some pretty compelling features for a phone of its quite reasonable price. There's a large, 6-inch display, two rear cameras for portrait mode, expandable storage and a rare headphone jack. (See all specs below.)
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/30/2018
HTC U12 Life hands-on: Last chance at life
Source: Android Authority English
HTC has often been criticised for overpricing its handsets, and often for good reason. The HTC U12 Life price is 349 euros or 299 pounds, on a par with its predecessor in Europe. You’ll have to decide for yourself if this particular constellation of additions and subtractions from the base recipe is better or worse value than the original U11 Life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/30/2018

Foreign Reviews

74% HTC U12 Life
Source: Android Mag German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/19/2018
Rating: Total score: 74% performance: 58% display: 80% mobility: 66% workmanship: 100%
HTC U12 Life schönes Design, langsame Kamera
Source: Tech Stage German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/18/2018
77% HTC U12 Life Mittelklasse-Handy mit deutlichen Schwächen
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/14/2018
Rating: Total score: 77% performance: 83% features: 74% display: 83% mobility: 88%
74% Solide Mittelklasse
Source: Android Smartphone - 6/18 German
Single Review, , Medium, Date: 11/01/2018
Rating: Total score: 74% performance: 58% display: 80% mobility: 66% workmanship: 100%
80% HTC U12 life Schluss mit Putzen und Glasbruch?
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/28/2018
Rating: Total score: 80% features: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
Das Hands-on von der IFA
Source: Curved German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/30/2018
Gut ausgestattetes Smartphone, guter Preis
Source: WinFuture German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/28/2018
HTC U12 Life, primeras impresiones: HTC dice adiós a Android One con Sense, minijack y una peculiar trasera "multicolor"
Source: Xataka Spanish ES→EN
Positive: Good price. Negative: Poor display; weak hardware.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/04/2018
77% Recensione HTC u12 Life: non eccelle ma fa tutto bene
Source: HDblog.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/24/2018
Rating: Total score: 77%
70% HTC U12 life recensione: sexy, ma è abbastanza?
Source: AndroidPit.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/19/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
82% Recensione HTC U12 Life – Ecco come deve essere un medio di gamma
Source: Techzilla.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/12/2018
Rating: Total score: 82% price: 85% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 85%
79% Recensione HTC U12 Life
Source: AndroidWorld.it Italian IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/08/2018
Rating: Total score: 79% price: 65% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 80%
HTC U12 life: i feticisti del design sognano davvero gli smartphone a strisce?
Source: AndroidPit.it Italian IT→EN
Positive: Premium design; compact size; decent hardware.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/30/2018
75% Review: HTC U12 Life – smartphone zonder echte bijzonderheden
Source: Tablets Magazine Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/21/2018
Rating: Total score: 75%
70% HTC U12 Life - Stap in de goede richting
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/04/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
HTC U12 Life review: degelijke smartphone zonder veel poespas
Source: AndroidWorld.nl Dutch NL→EN
Positive: Decent battery life; nice performance; good screen.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/01/2018
70% Test du HTC U12 Life : tu es sexy mais il te manque un petit quelque chose
Source: AndroidPit.fr French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/24/2018
Rating: Total score: 70%
90% Test du HTC U12 Life : la grosse surprise de fin d’année !
Source: Phonandroid French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/01/2018
Rating: Total score: 90%
85% Test Du Htc U12 Life : Ne Vous Arrêtez Pas À Son Doux Visage
Source: Frandroid French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/30/2018
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 70% display: 70% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90%
Prise en main du HTC U12 life : son design lui permet-il de garder la tête haute face à la concurrence ?
Source: AndroidPit.fr French FR→EN
Positive: Stylish design; solid workmanship; nice performance. Negative: Unsupported waterproof; relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/30/2018
75% Recenzja HTC U12 Life – dobrego średniaka z nietypową obudową
Source: Tabletowo Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/15/2018
Rating: Total score: 75% performance: 85% display: 85% mobility: 70% workmanship: 90%
67% [Recenzja] HTC U12 Life – świetny pomysł, ale jak z wykonaniem?
Source: Android.com.pl Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 11/05/2018
Rating: Total score: 67%
Đánh giá hiệu năng HTC U12 Life, 7 triệu làm được gì?
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Beautiful design; nice gaming performance.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/15/2018
Đánh giá chi tiết HTC U12 Life, bạn còn nhớ thương hiệu này?
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN
Positive: Impressive color; good price; long battery life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/09/2018
65% Test HTC U12 Life
Source: Tek.no NO→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/28/2018
Rating: Total score: 65%
58% Test og anmeldelse af HTC U12 Life: Godt billigt alternativ
Source: Mobil DK DA→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/23/2018
Rating: Total score: 58% display: 70% mobility: 60% workmanship: 60%
Test: HTC U12 Life
Source: Mobil.se SV→EN
Positive: Good price; long battery life; nice design; solid workmanship.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/19/2018

Comment

Model: The HTC U12 Life is a mid-range smartphone with a low-price tag, yet still offers a glass back. The highlights of the phone are definitely the big screen and the design of the phone. The size of the phone is just nice, not too big or too small. It is available in two colors, which are Moonlight Blue and Twilight Purple. The back of the phone features the HTC 3D Ultra Stripes, which is a group of 0.3 mm deep lines on its metal-like case, offering a totally fresh take on liquid surface inspired design. The stripes are pleasant to the touch and yet the phone does not lose its shine. It is also useful to have a better grip on the phone at the palm. Furthermore, it prevents fingerprint smudges, which is another advantage. There is also the fingerprint reader at the back of the phone, which works really fast. The front of the phone features a 6-inch Full HD+ screen. It is a big screen with 1080 x 2160 pixels and vivid colors, which suggests good color performance. The brightness is also good for both indoors and outdoors. The screen ratio is 18:9, which is quite commonly seen these days. For image and video capturing, the HTC U12 Life features a 16 MP rear camera and a secondary 5 MP one on the back. The secondary camera acts as a depth sensor, which is common to smartphones nowadays to have one. HTC claims that the camera is capable of capturing artistic bokeh photos. However, the camera does not have an Auto HDR mode, which is a modern camera mode most phones have. The user will have to enable and disable HDR manually. Given the price point, it is still acceptable for HTC U12 Life to have such camera specifications.

The device is powered by a Snapdragon 636. It should perform well on most applications without major issues. The processor has no multitasking troubles and is fast and effective. The Snapdragon 636 is paired with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory that can be expanded via microSD. It is a good hardware specification, which should satisfy most users. As for battery life, the HTC U12 Life has a 3,600 mAh battery. It is an average battery size which is not little, but not huge either. It will last a whole day under normal usage without running performance demanding applications such as games. This U12 Life comes with a mini headphone jack, which could be handy for calls and entertainment on the go. As a closure, the HTC U12 Life is targeted to casual users who do some simple to moderate tasks on their phone. The low price point makes it ideal for buyers on a budget but still need decent hardware performance. However, this price point also puts it against many other devices from various other brands, some with greater specs and design.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Qualcomm Adreno 509: Integrated graphics card in the Snapdragon 636 SoC based on the Adreno 500 architecture. Most likely featuring a slightly higher core clock compared to the Adreno 508. Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
636: Mid-range octa-core SoC with eight Kryo 260 cpu cores at up to 1.8 GHz, an Adreno 509 GPU, a LPDDR4-2666 memory controller and a X12 LTE (Cat 13/12, 300 / 150 MBit) modem. Manufactured in the modern 14nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
6":

This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.  

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.175 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


HTC:

High Tech Computer Corporation (HTC) is a Taiwanese manufacturer of mobile phones and other electronic products. In 2012, HTC stopped producing tablets under their own name. In 2012-2013, they faced heavy sales declines. Since then, the company is medium-sized in the smartphone sector. There are numerous reviews on HTC Smartphones (as of 2016).


75.52%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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