HTC U12 Life

7.3/10 AVG.
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7.3/10
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The HTC U12 Life currently has an Informr score of 7.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.8 GHz
Screen Size
6"
Camera
16+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Digital Trends

The HTC U12 Life is a solid midrange smartphone with a lot to offer. It’s definitely a step up from midrange mediocrity, but there are compromises here. We like the design, the large screen, and the long battery life, but it’s let down by flaws in the software.

- Simon Hill, Digital Trends
TechRadar

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.

- Andrew Williams, TechRadar
Tech Advisor

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 has done a pretty decent job of creating an attractive mid-range phone. Not only does it look pretty nice (if you're on-board...

- Chris Martin, Tech Advisor
GSMArena

Frankly speaking, it's kind of hard to read HTC's marketing strategy and intentions lately. The U12 Life only adds to the overall confusion of the matter. It's clearly not a toned-down version of the U12+, but something different entirely. All things considered, HTC appears to be trying to go after...

- GSMArena
TrustedReviews

For £299, the HTC U12 Life looks to represent a good deal. It has an attractive screen, decent specs and an interesting camera array.

- Max Parker, TrustedReviews


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Common Questions


HTC released the U12 Life on September 30, 2018.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the HTC U12 Life user manual here.


HTC backs up the U12 Life with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
6"

The HTC U12 Life's screen size is 6 inches with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.8 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 13+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3600mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3600 mAh battery.

U12 Life Specs

Overview
Release date September 30, 2018
Regions available UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa core 1.8 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64/128 GB
RAM 4/6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3600 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Glass
Colors Moonlight Blue, Twilight Purple
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.85 x 7.54 x 0.83 cm (6.2 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 175 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology S-LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Pixel density 402 pixels
Size 6 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX, aptX HD
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.0
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, Dual camera feature (5 MP 2nd camera), HDR
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
Face detection, Self-timer, Aperture f/2.0, Front camera flash, HDR
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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Critic Reviews


Digital Trends

A midrange contender, but it’s no champion

from Digital Trends

The HTC U12 Life is a solid midrange smartphone with a lot to offer. It’s definitely a step up from midrange mediocrity, but there are compromises here. We like the design, the large screen, and the long battery life, but it’s let down by flaws in the software.

Read full review

The HTC U12 Life is a solid midrange smartphone with a lot to offer. It’s definitely a step up from midrange mediocrity, but there are compromises here. We like the design, the large screen, and the long battery life, but it’s let down by flaws in the software.

Read full review

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TechRadar

Not a standard-setting smash

from TechRadar

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.

Read full review

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.

Read full review

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Tech Advisor

Decent design and specs

from Tech Advisor

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 has done a pretty decent job of creating an attractive mid-range phone. Not only does it look pretty nice (if you're on-boa...More

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 has done a pretty decent job of creating an attractive mid-range phone. Not only does it look pretty nice (if you're on-board with the mirror finish), it comes in at just £299 with some decent specs including a large screen, dual cameras, 64GB of storage and a big battery.

Read full review

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GSMArena

A tough battle lined up for itself on this one

Frankly speaking, it's kind of hard to read HTC's marketing strategy and intentions lately. The U12 Life only adds to the overall confusion of the matter. It's clearly not a toned-down version of the U12+, but something different entirely. All things considered, HTC appears to be trying to go after the popular mid-rangers of the day.

Read full review

Frankly speaking, it's kind of hard to read HTC's marketing strategy and intentions lately. The U12 Life only adds to the overall confusion of the matter. It's clearly not a toned-down version of the U12+, but something different entirely. All things considered, HTC appears to be trying to go after the popular mid-rangers of the day.

Read full review

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TrustedReviews

A great phone

from TrustedReviews

For £299, the HTC U12 Life looks to represent a good deal. It has an attractive screen, decent specs and an interesting camera array.

Read full review

For £299, the HTC U12 Life looks to represent a good deal. It has an attractive screen, decent specs and an interesting camera array.

Read full review

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Pocket-lint

One seriously shiny mid-range phone

from Pocket-lint

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.

Read full review

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.

Read full review

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TechRadar

HTC could be about to break its mid-tier mediocrity

from TechRadar

The HTC U12 Life has a premium design, enough power under the hood, dual rear cameras and a headphone jack, all for a price that won't break the bank. It could be a sleeper hit.

Read full review

The HTC U12 Life has a premium design, enough power under the hood, dual rear cameras and a headphone jack, all for a price that won't break the bank. It could be a sleeper hit.

Read full review

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Expert Reviews

Could be HTC’s best-priced smartphone yet

from Expert Reviews

HTC’s U12 Life is certainly very interesting. In a market saturated with mid-range headsets, with many middling results, HTC’s freshest mid-ranger has the potential to breathe new, ahem, life into the long-standing Taiwanese firm. With a decent camera, top-notch design and a lovely screen, th...More

HTC’s U12 Life is certainly very interesting. In a market saturated with mid-range headsets, with many middling results, HTC’s freshest mid-ranger has the potential to breathe new, ahem, life into the long-standing Taiwanese firm. With a decent camera, top-notch design and a lovely screen, the Life is perfectly poised to come out fighting when it launches in October.

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Stuff

Offers head-turning looks and decent specs

from Stuff

The HTC U12 Life is a very classy-looking phone with a lot going for it. 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.

Read full review

The HTC U12 Life is a very classy-looking phone with a lot going for it. 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.

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Android Authority

Last chance at life

from Android Authority

The U12 Life feels a little confused in a field of laser-focused competition. Perhaps HTC is right and this time it has perfected the mix – in which case the U11 Life must have been the confused device – but if HTC hasn’t gotten it right this time, we may not see another Life in the series next year.

Read full review

The U12 Life feels a little confused in a field of laser-focused competition. Perhaps HTC is right and this time it has perfected the mix – in which case the U11 Life must have been the confused device – but if HTC hasn’t gotten it right this time, we may not see another Life in the series next year.

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