HTC will announce a new phone on Friday and the guess is the device is the U12 Life. Just a few days before the unveiling, the phone has been benchmarked on Geekbench.
The benchmark result lists the device as the “HTC HTC 2Q6E1”. It is powered by the Snapdragon 636 processor and packs 4GB of RAM. You might be wondering why we say its the Snapdragon 636 and not “sdm660” as shown in the image below. That’s because Geekbench incorrectly identifies the Snapdragon 636 as the Snapdragon 660.
To confirm this is indeed the Snapdragon 636 and not the Snapdragon 660, we decided to compare the scores to that of true Snapdragon 660 (Nokia 7 Plus, Mi 6X) and Snapdragon 636 phones (Nokia X6, Redmi Note 5 Pro). Not only does the HTC U12 Life have similar benchmark scores as the Nokia X6 and Redmi Note 5 Pro, the base frequency (1.6GHz.) is also the same. These are proofs that the chipset is the Snapdragon 636 and not Snapdragon 660.
The HTC U11 Life that was released last year launched with a Snapdragon 630 processor, so the Snapdragon 636 is still a significant upgrade. The processor uses custom Kryo 360 cores and not Cortex A53 cores like the SDM63o. And according to Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 636 offers up to a 40% increase in performance over the Snapdragon 630.
Apart from a Snapdragon 636 processor, the HTC U12 Life is also expected to come with a 6-inch 18:9 display, dual rear cameras, and a single front-facing camera. We also expect it to have Edge Sense for calling up Google Assistant or Alexa.