HTC U12 Life: Notchless, reasonably priced and proper buttons? Oh joy | 8/30/2018 | Staff
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Hands On Ailing HTC has given the midrange market a kick with U12 Life, announced today. It's a far more impressive offering than its predecessor, the HTC U11 Life.

While Motorola rules the sub-£200 market, and Huawei the £300+ mid market, things are dicier in between. Ignore the retail pricing of £299. If you're looking for a SIM-free phone, the trivial 30-second task of joining the "HTC Club" membership programme knocks 10 per cent off the price, bringing it down to £269.10. At that price it's a contender.

HTC - Design - Decisions - Unit - Predecessor

HTC has made all the right design decisions here. This unit is larger (6-inch) than its predecessor, providing room for a much bigger (around 40 per cent) battery. HTC reinstates the 3.5mm audio jack, and adds stereo speakers. Rather than the spartan Android One SKU on most variants of the U11 Life, the U12 Life presents you with a cut-down HTC Sense skin on top of Android 8.1. And HTC sounds quite militant about shunning the Notch.

"All our content is still rectangular," HTC's Fabian Nappenbach told us. So there's no Notch. There's no Edge Squeeze feature. And it's merely "splash resistant", rather than leaping in the air for joy waving its IP67 certificate.

Performance - Prototype - Camera - Lag - U11

Performance seemed snappy on the prototype we tried, with the camera lag of the U11 Life banished (not final production software, but still impressive). The Snapdragon 660 is considerably more capable than the U11 Life's Snapdragon 630, while retaining its meagre power consumption. HTC claims it should be good for 12 hours of LTE browsing, or 13 hours of continuous video.

My experience of the same chip in last year's BlackBerry was that it was fine to...
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