HTC U12 Life goes official with Snapdragon 636 SoC, dual-finish design and dual rear cameras

Taiwanese smartphone brand HTC announced the HTC U12+ back in May this year. The U12+ is a flagship smartphone that comes with Snapdragon 845 SoC and 6 GB RAM. Well now, the company has announced HTC U12 Life, which unlike the U12+, is a mid-ranger.


Being a mid-range smartphone, the HTC U12 Life comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 SoC running the show which is paired with 4 GB of DDR4X RAM. The smartphone boots up to Android 8.1 Oreo and comes with 64 GB of UFS 2.1 storage on-board. Having said that, one of the biggest highlight of HTC U12 Life is its design.


On the front, you have a 6-inch display that has aspect ratio of 18:9 and a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. But, the back of the U12 Life flaunts a dual-finish design which reminds us of Google’s Pixel smartphones. However, unlike the Pixels, the U12 Life doesn’t have a two-tone glass-metal design. Instead, the top portion of the phone is actually acrylic glass, whereas, the bottom of the phone is etched with “soft, subtle stripes”. HTC calls this “Dual Tone Liquid Surface” design.

The back of the U12 Life is also home to a dual camera setup which is placed vertically in the top-left corner, and, a fingerprint scanner that’s located slightly below it, but in center alignment. This dual camera setup is a combination of one 16 MP and one 5 MP camera which can record 4K videos and capture photos with Bokeh Effect. Having said that, for selfies and video calls, you get a 13 MP single snapper on the front.

Lastly, the HTC U12 Life comes in two color options – Moonlight Blue and Twilight Purple – and, it ships with a 3600 mAh battery that draws power from a USB Type-C port.

HTC U12 Life Specifications

  • CPU: Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR4X
  • GPU: Adreno 509
  • Operating System: Android 8.1 Oreo with HTC Sense
  • Display: 6-inch Full-HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) 18:9 display
  • Rear Camera: 16 MP + 5 MP with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, HDR, Bokeh Mode, 4K video recording and dual LED flash
  • Front Camera: 13 MP with f/2.0 aperture, HDR, Beauty Mode and LED flash
  • Internal Storage: 64 GB UFS 2.1
  • External Storage: Expandable via microSD card
  • SIM: Dual Hybrid Slot
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, 3.5 mm headphone jack, USB Type-C
  • Other: Fingerprint Scanner
  • Colors: Moonlight Blue, Twilight Purple
  • Battery: 3600 mAh with 10W (5V/2A) charging

HTC U12 Life Price and Availability

  • Price: £299 (around $389/₹27,522)
  • Availability: To be available in Europe, Asia and Middle-East in late September