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HTC U12 Life

alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 reviews of HTC U12 Life. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People really like the size and price. The battery and screen also get good comments, but many are negative about the usability and camera.

design, screen, battery, price, size

performance, camera, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HTC U12 Life is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Jessica Dolcourt (

HTC U12 Life is like the Pixel 2, only prettier


It also has two rear cameras for portrait shots.

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Mike Wobker (

HTC U12 Life Smartphone Review


The perfect Bokeh. HTC positions the U12 Life as a smartphone with amazing camera effects to suit and satisfy everyone's artistic needs and wishes. In addition, it is also capable of 4K video recording, is supposed to feature a high-performance SoC,...

decent performance ; decent battery life ; skid-proof rear panel ; 3.5-mm headphone jack is back

mediocre camera ; lots of preloaded apps that cannot be uninstalled

Over the course of our tests and benchmarks the HTC U12 proved itself as a solid mid-range smartphone with a decent overall system performance capable of performing even demanding tasks without excessive and disruptive loading times. Speaker quality...

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Kris Carlon (

HTC U12 Life review: If at first you don't succeed...


HTC is struggling and is clearly looking anywhere it can for success, even if that means completely disregarding what it has done previously in the Life series. Taken on its own, the HTC U12 Life is a decent enough phone, but there's just too much...

Good display ; Decent battery life ; Dual camera ; 4GB/64GB + microSD ; Headphone jack returns

No IP rating ; Sub-par performance ; Unreliable camera ; No Edge Sense ; No Android One version ; Far more competitive alternatives

Nov, 2018

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HTC U12 Life review: sexy and it knows it


It has been more than 8 years since we met - the first time I held an HTC in my hands was in 2010. It was also my first foray into the Android world. Now, almost a decade later, the reunion has made me a little nervous. After my brief relationship with...

Good size ; No sign of a notch ; Good battery life ; Headphone jack ; Expandable storage via microSD

Camera app is slow ; Screen too sensitive ; No quick charge

HTC once again makes it clear that aesthetics are important to them and the truth is that they still offer beautiful smartphones. Is that enough to stand out from the competition? The smartphone market in the price range between £300 and £400 has...

Expert review by : Jon Mundy (

HTC U12 Life review: Flagship features for £299? | Trusted Reviews


HTC U12 Life review: Has HTC turned a corner with its new budget offerings? The U12 Life, with its Pixel-like design and great battery life may suggest so.

Strong battery life ; Big, bright balanced screen ; No glaring weaknesses

Middling performance ; Underwhelming camera ; HTC Sense feels dated

A phone that holds more modest expectations compared to its flagship sibling, but at least it meets them.

Nov, 2018

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HTC U12 Life hands-on review


The U12 Life offers head-turning looks and decent specs for a keen price

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Andrew Williams (

HTC U12 Life review


Is there life in this phone?

Unusual design ; Big screen ; Reasonable price

Glass body feels more plastic ; Slow, unrefined HDR mode ; App loads slightly slower than rivals

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.

Oct, 2018

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HTC U12 Life review: HTC’s best mid-tier smartphone?


HTC tackles the mid-tier yet again, and the U12 Life might be HTC's best-priced smartphone yet

Stunning dual-finish design ; Long-lasting battery

Disappointing camera ; Blinkfeed is rubbish

The Xiaomi Pocophone F1’s dominance remains unscathed, then, leaving it my current recommendation in this price range.

Feb, 2019

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HTC U12 Life review: Hands on with HTC’s latest mid-tier smartphone


HTC tackles the mid-tier yet again, and the U12 Life could be HTC's best-priced smartphone yet

I’m yet to receive a handset for full review, but I’ll update this article in the coming weeks with my final thoughts.

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Jessica Dolcourt (

HTC U12 Life is like the Pixel 2, only prettier


It also has two rear cameras for portrait shots.

Aug, 2018

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity:3600
Wireless charging:N

Call Management

Call blocking:Y
Call divert:Y
Call hold:Y
Call timer:Y
Call waiting:Y
Caller ID:Y
Conference call:Y
Speed dialing:Y
Vibrating alert:Y


Auto focus:Y
Flash Type:LED
Front camera aperture number:2
Front camera resolution (numeric):13
Rear camera aperture number:2
Rear camera resolution (numeric):16
Rear camera type:Dual camera
Second rear camera resolution (numeric):5
Video recording:Y


Fingerprint reader:Y
Form Factor:Bar
Product color:Blue / Purple


Aspect Ratio:18:9
Display Diagonal:6
Display Resolution:1080 x 2160
Orientation sensor:Y
Screen shape:Flat
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen type:Capacitive


Ambient light sensor:Y
Magnetic sensor:Y
Proximity sensor:Y


Instant messaging (IM):Y
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y
Short Message Service (SMS):Y


FM radio:N


GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y


2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G standards:UMTS
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth version:5.0
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y
SIM card capability:Dual SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other Features

Google applications:Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:USB
Quick start guide:Y


Flight mode:Y
Microphone mute:Y
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock,Calculator,Calendar
Support for contact groups:Y
Video call:Y

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:USB Type-C
USB port:Y


64-bit computing:Y
Processor cores:8
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.8
Processor model:636


Operating system installed:Android 8.1


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Internal storage capacity:64
RAM capacity:4
USB mass storage:Y


Subscription type:No subscription

Weight & Dimensions