HTC U12 Life is official: Here’s what you need to know

HTC U12 Life is official: Here’s what you need to know

HTC has been struggling to regain a foothold back in the smartphone market. Much of the company’s talent was acquired by Google to continue work on the next generation of Pixel smartphones. The company has cut staff in both the United States and India, but that doesn’t mean they’re giving up on their smartphone business. Just recently, they announced their Android 9 Pie upgrade plan and even launched a brand new flagship smartphone. Now, the company has unveiled the HTC U12 Life as their next mid-range smartphone.

We’ve actually heard about this new smartphone already thanks to some leaks. It was back in July that we saw an alleged specification sheet for the HTC U12 Life leak online. That leak revealed that the U12 Life is aimed at the mid-range market. Then, earlier this month we saw some alleged sketches of what the HTC U12 Life would look like. The sketches revealed a design that sure has some striking resemblance to the Google Pixel design. Now that the device has been made official, we can share the HTC U12 Life’s specifications, press renders, pricing, and availability.

HTC U12 Life Specifications

SpecificationHTC U12 Life
Dimensions and Weight158.5 x 75.4 x 8.3 mm, 175g
Display6-inch FHD+ (2160×1080) with 18:9 aspect ratio
CPU/GPUQualcomm Snapdragon 636 with Adreno 509 GPU
Storage64GB, expandable via microSD card
Battery3,600 mAh
Rear Camera(s)16MP + 5 MP, PDAF, f/2.0
Front Camera(s)13MP with flash and beauty mode, f/2.0
SoftwareAndroid 8.1 Oreo with HTC Sense
Audio3.5mm headphone jack
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0, NFC, Dual SIM
ChargingUSB Type-C
SecurityFingerprint sensor
Price£300 / €335
ColorsMoonlight Blue, Twilight Purple

The most interesting thing about this phone is the design. The two-tone Pixel-esque back looks really nice. The top section is smooth glossy glass while the bottom section has stripes etched in. It’s a striking look and the two colors serve it well. The spec sheet is not terribly impressive, but this is a solid mid-range phone. The Snapdragon 636 and 4GB of RAM combo should get the job done.

HTC U12 Life Pricing and Availability

The HTC U12 Life will launch in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East in late September. Pricing in the UK will be £300. The phone is available in two colors: Moonlight Blue and Twilight Purple. You can learn more about the HTC U12 Life on HTC’s website.

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Doug Lynch
Doug Lynch

When I am passionate about something, I go all in and thrive on having my finger on the pulse of what is happening in that industry. This has transitioned over the years from PCs and video games, but for close to a decade now all of my attention has gone toward smartphones and Android.