HTC has finally unveiled their brand new flagship – the HTC U12+. After a lot of leaks, we now finally have it. HTC has further improved last year’s flagship, the U11 with a new design and a lot of software and hardware improvements and enhancements.
HTC has unwrapped their device in a short video, showing off the U12+’s new features, check it out here if you’re interested.
The company has been struggling for years to maintain and keep up it’s un-profitable smartphone business, the company now hopes to change it with it’s brand new U12+ flagship device.
The U12+ comes with a metal frame and a glass back design – protected by Gorilla Glass 5 both on the front and back.
It comes with a 6″ QHD+ Super IPS LCD display with 18:9 aspect ratio, 1440 x 2280 (~537ppi) resolution. The display supports and is certified for HDR10 and DCI-P3 colours.
The U12+ is powered by the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset and it has 6GB of RAM. Storage options are either 64GB or 128GB and yes, it does have a MicroSD card slot.
There’s also a dual-camera setup on the back featuring a 12MP Ultrapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture lens, OIS, Laser autofocus and Phase detection. The 16MP secondary sensor allows for 2x optical zoom. The U12+ is one of few devices that support 4K footage to be recorded @60fps and it can also shoot 1080p @240fps. If that’s not enough, there’s also a dual-camera selfie shooter with two 8MP lenses that allows better portrait images to be taken with the front camera(s).
Other features include an IP68 water and dust certificate, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C on the bottom, still no headphone jack (though HTC provides an adapter inside the box), NFC and as you’d expect – an improved version of Edge Sense squeeze features.
The Squeeze features have been further improved, allowing you to tap either of the side of the device to bring the display down to one-hand compatibility (by shrinking it down) and giving you more useful features. The squeeze feature can now adapt how you hold the device, so it can prevent accidental orientation of the display if e.g.: you lay down in bed. It’s a feature that not many have wanted, but once you have it – you’ll likely always want to have it due to its usefulness.
Another interesting feature – if you can call it that – is the fact that there are now only fake volume up/down and power on/off buttons on the side. So, what does this mean?
It means that the buttons are there where they should be, however you can’t click them – instead, HTC has included a pressure sensitive sensor that works with a vibration system – providing you with feedback when they are ‘pressed’. We’re curious to find out how people will find it on a day-to-day use.
Other than having the device launch with Android 8.0 Oreo on top of HTC Sense – HTC is committed to push Android P to the device as early as possible.
Despite having a glass back on the U12+, it doesn’t have any wireless charging capabilities, but it does have a fairly large 3500 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0.
The device will be available in 3 colours.
You can already pre-order the HTC U12+ in Europe for £700 or €799 (for 64GB variant). The US also has the device in-store and up for pre-order. You can find the Blue colour w/64GB storage for $799 or $849 with 128GB storage. If you want the Black colour variant, you can pre-order only the 64GB storage model for $799.