HTC has unveiled a new mid-range phone, in the form of the U12 Life. And with impressive specs at a very competitive price, it’s likely to appeal to smartphone fans who want a great device without the hefty price tag.
A stripped back take on HTC’s U12, the U12 Life retains all the best features of its older brother while making some crucial savings to make the phone more affordable.
But what’s so great about the U12 Life? What features does it have? And is it good value for money? Read on and we’ll tell you five things you need to know about the U12 Life.
1) It’s faster and it lasts longer
Running on the SnapDragon 636 processor, the HTC U12 Life is said to be 40% faster than its predecessors.
And not only that, but the battery has been boosted too. Up slightly from the U12+’s 3,500mAh battery, the Life runs on a 3600mAh power-pack.
HTC claims that this’ll give you 88 hours of continuous music playback, 12 hours of web browsing or 13 hours of video streaming. Which is pretty good by today’s standards.
2) Fingerprint smudges begone
One of the hallmarks of HTC phones over the last few years years has been that liquid-glass finish that looks gorgeously glossy provided you never actually touch it. As soon as anything comes into contact with the device, it’ll be covered in smudges and fingerprints in a matter of seconds.
Luckily, HTC has taken this feedback on-board and has come up with a new finish that’ll keep the phone looking cleaner for longer.
Available in Twilight Purple and Moonlight Blue, the Life’s new look comprises of 3D stripes lasered into lower two thirds of the plastic body, making it less susceptible to smudges and smears.
3) Dual-lens camera smarts
Although dual-lens cameras are becoming increasingly commonplace, even on mid-tier devices, it’s still a definite plus at this price point.
The Life is equipped with a dual-lens camera that teams a 16-megapixel lens and a 5-megapixel secondary lens and enables you to take impressive bokeh shots that’ll artfully blur the background of the photo, while bringing the subject into sharp focus.
Around the front, there’s a 13-megapixel selfie camera with an LED flash to help you take great snaps even in low-light.
4) Edge Sense has gone, but the headphone slot is back
In an interesting move, HTC has decided not to include its Edge Sense technology on the Life.
On previous models, users have been able to squeeze the sides of the device for extra functions, such as taking a selfie or switching on the torch.
HTC has put this down to a cost-cutting measure that’ll help them to sell the Life for under £300 SIM-free. But after the lukewarm reception for its Edge Sense smarts, it seems likely that the feature could be phased out.
On the plus side, HTC has brought back the 3.5mm headphone slot. This is a very welcome inclusion, especially for those who still use old-fashioned wired earbuds.
5) Pricing and availability
The HTC U12 Life will cost £299 SIM-free. There haven’t been any contract deals announced yet. But we’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything.