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    HTC U12 Life

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    Release Date
    5-Aug-18
    Market Status
    Out of Stock
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    Specs at a Glance
    Battery Capacity
    3600 mAh
    Battery Capacity
    Operating System
    Android v8.1 (Oreo)
    Operating System
    Screen Size
    6.0 inches
    Screen Size
    Variants Available
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    General
    Announced On5-Aug-18
    Market StatusOut of Stock
    BrandHTC
    Price StatusConfirmed
    PriceRs. 12,990
    Design
    Weight175 grams
    ColorsMoonlight Blue, Twilight Purple
    BuildPlastic body
    Dimensions158.5 x 75.4 x 8.3 mm
    Display
    Screen Size6.0 inches
    Screen TypeIPS LCD
    Screen Resolution1080 x 2160 pixels
    Pixel Density402 ppi
    Aspect Ratio18:09
    Screen to Body Ratio77.74%
    Screen DesignBezel-less
    Screen QualityFHD
    Performance
    GPUAdreno 509
    Operating SystemAndroid v8.1 (Oreo)
    ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 636
    CPUOcta core (1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 260 + 1.6 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 260)
    Custom User InterfaceHTC Sense
    Clock Speed1.8 GHz
    Architecture64 bit
    Memory & Storage
    Phone Variants4GB 64GB
    Expandable StorageYes
    RAM TypeLPDDR4X
    Expandable Storage CapacityYes, 256 GB
    Front Camera
    Front Video Recording1920x1080 @ 30 fps
    Front Camera FeaturesFixed Focus
    Front Camera SetupSingle, 13MP
    Front Camera 1 Resolution13 MP
    Front Camera 1 Typef/2.0 Primary Camera
    Front SensorCMOS
    Front Aperturef/2.0
    Front FlashYes, LED Flash
    Battery
    Battery Capacity3600 mAh
    Battery RemovableNo
    Battery TypeLi-ion
    USB Type-CYes
    Miscellaneous Features
    SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope
    Network & Connectivity
    GPSYes A-GPS, Glonass
    Audio FeaturesActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
    NFCYes
    BluetoothYes
    3.5mm Audio JackYes
    Bluetooth Typev5.0
    Audio Jack3.5 mm
    Rear Camera
    Rear FlashYes, Dual LED Flash
    Rear Video Recording3840x2160 @ 30 fps
    Rear Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
    Rear Camera SetupDual, 16MP + 5MP
    Rear Camera 1 Resolution16 MP
    Rear Camera 1 Typef/2.0 Primary Camera
    Rear Camera 2 Resolution5 MP
    Rear SensorCMOS image sensor
    Rear Aperturef/2.0
    Network
    Network Support4G
    SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano
    Wi-FiYes, Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz
    SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM, Dual VoLTE
    eSIMNo
    Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
    VoLTEYes
    SIM 1 Bands4G Bands: TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40), FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 700(band 17) / 800(band 20), 3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz, 2G B...
    SIM 2 Bands4G Bands: TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40), FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 850(band 5) / 700(band 17) / 800(band 20), 3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz, 2G Bands: GSM 1800 ...
    Sensors
    Fingerprint ScannerYes
    Fingerprint Scanner PositionRear

    About the Phone

    Important features of the device include a dual rear camera setup with 16 MP and 5 MP shooters, 6 inch screen, 64 GB of storage, and the Snapdragon 636 chipset. The phone, as stated before, does not lend any high end feel to the user, and one can instantly tell the difference between the U12 life, and for instance, the OnePlus 5.

    The design at the back does a decent job of salvaging the look and feel of the phone, but we just cannot ignore the fact that the glass feels like plastic.

    So, should you buy this phone? Only if you want a brand which has been long lost in the depths of the smartphone market, and you want no notch. Even if the latter is true, you could be looking at better options in a similar price range or lower.

    The phone is packed into a plasticky, rather than glass or aluminium shell. This is perhaps the factor that contributes most to the U12 life not feeling or looking like a flagship level or top end phone, one that every device in the INR 30000 range should feel like.

    If you do not want a notch, and want something different than all the Samsungs and Apples out there, then the U12 life can be a reasonable option. We would be hard pressed to think of any other reasons why you would want to purchase this phone, though.

    The polycarbonate frame that we’ve been talking about in the beginning of this review haunts us yet again. The design of the HTC U12 life is actually quite good, with etched stripes on the back of the device to help improve grip and reduce fingerprints. Whatever HTC may do to sell off the back as glass, it isn’t working. The frame is plastic, and it feels like it.

    The buttons, unlike the U12 plus, are physical this time around, and work just fine. The speakers work just fine, and the USB type C charging port which is a normality now in all phones features at the bottom of the handset, along with a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

    The 6 inch display with no notch makes the phone quite big to hold in the hand. The screen is an LTPS one, and uses much less energy than an IPS LCD panel. A 2160 by 1080 resolution and 402 pixels per inch make the screen bright and satisfying, with vibrant colours and solid viewing angles. The brightness could have been a little better.

    The display is pretty good for a phone in the price range of the HTC U12 life, and HTC has certainly done well with the LTPS technology display.

    The octa core Snapdragon 636 chipset, coupled with the Adreno 509 GPU, promises to deliver decent power on paper, coupled with the 4 GB of RAM. Alas, it fails to make the cut. It suffers from sluggishness and slowdown in performing the most menial of multitasking, which is simply unacceptable from a phone these days. A OnePlus-level speed range isn’t expected from such a mid-range chipset, but the U12 life lets us down in all honesty.

    Storage offered is 64 GB, with expandable memory possible via the hybrid SIM/memory card slot. So, you can either make the phone a dual SIM one, or you can opt for more memory.

    The camera setup on the phone is solid, with the two rear 16 MP and 5 MP shooters producing decent images, but those that lack a real kick. You can easily tell the difference between shots taken by the U12 life and the iPhone 6 plus, for instance. At this price point, we weren’t expecting wonders, but the cameras perform satisfactorily.

    The front facing camera is surprisingly downgraded from a 16 MP lens to a 13 MP one, but the quality remains pretty similar. The phone captures natural detail really nicely, without the artificial beauty features or skin softening some phones abuse.

    Due to the lack of optical image stabilisation, however, as soon as you encounter low light, the performance starts to dip. Blur creeps into the images, and you need a really steady hand to avoid said blur.

    The battery inside the device is of a 3600 mAh capacity, and is significantly larger than what its predecessor, the U11 life, had. Regular usage lasts you through a day, but be sure to charge overnight so that you don’t run out of battery in the middle of the next day. The 10 watt charger included in the box claims to charge the device from empty to full in about 40 minutes.

    The increase in battery capacity from the last variant doesn’t translate equally to battery life. This is owing largely to the bigger screen that the battery has to power, with screen on times ranging from four to five and a half hours for regular to heavy tasks.

    The HTC U12 life is by no means a bad device. It is close to being a great one, but alas, not close enough. Standard features offer good performance, but if you shell out such an amount of money, you really should be looking to make better use of your bucks. The U12 life is good, but not good enough to warrant a purchase when there are so many options available for much cheaper prices.

    We’d give this one a pass.