- Analysis by KJ David
HTC's U12 life is an upmarket 6-incher whose biggest con is the fact that it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor that peaks at only 1.8GHz , whereas many of the best eight-core smartphones as of this specs-based review use engines that clock in at up to 2.5GHz. Additionally, considering that a few tantamount models pack 6GB's worth of RAM, its 4GB-only RAM count might come off as a bit of a turn-off for tech-savvy users, although its DDR4x architecture was the latest RAM solution when it hit the market.
As for its pros, this 2018 HTC release delivers hardware-level bokeh shooting (aka background blurring for portrait shots) and Ultra HD/4K (2160p) video-recording through its dual-lens rear camera, which consists of a 16-megapixel primary cam and a 5-megapixel depth-sensing deputy cam -- check out some of the best smartphones for photography here. Fittingly, its dual cam is accompanied by a dual LED flash, with phase-detection autofocus and standard HDR joining the mix as well.
For selfies, the U12 life dedicates a 13-megapixel flash-rigged front-facing camera that may not pose that huge of a threat versus the best selfie-driven smartphones out there, but nevertheless sounds respectable, relative to this model's other pros and cons.
This U-series HTC model touts a relatively-large 6-inch 18:9 FHD+ (2160 x 1080) display , but comes with no more than 64GB of on-board memory (Some of its close competitors are offered in 128GB variants). It feeds off a decent 3600mAh battery that's infused with a power-saving mode and it reels in 4G-LTE Cat 11 network speeds of up to 600Mbps .
Joining its list of pros and cons is an acrylic glass unibody with what HTC calls a dual-tone liquid surface -- probably as a means of distinguishing it from most other semi-high-end smartphones featured here at Phonerated. It comes with dual nano SIM card slots and its color options are Moonlight Blue and Twilight Purple.
Summing up, the HTC U12 life could have done better in terms of hardware, but it is far from a lifeless 2018 Android, apparently targeting users who focus on photography the most.
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