HTC U12+ Review
The big tech guru’s at HTC have recently shifted a large section of its own talent to Google’s Pixel programme, but this hasn’t stopped the company from unveiling their new device for 2018 – the HTC U12+. If you’re starting to wonder where the HTC U12 is, don’t worry – the company decided (for clarity purposes) to go straight to the plus-sized model. This is to directly rival flagship phones like the S9+, and comes at a more affordable price too.
The new phone comes with an IP68 rating, and the 6-inch display features an 18:9 aspect ratio as seen before on the HTC U11+, again making for a fairly big handset in size. HTC have dodged one trend that is almost unavoidable, the notorious notch that was made famous by the iPhone X. HTC have still reduced the bezel sizes however, and to much avail as they have trimmed out the amount of dead space needed at the sides of the phone by developing a new shaping process for the production.
One of the most exciting features on the U12+ is, very surprisingly, the side buttons – or lack thereof. As we have seen throughout the U-series from HTC, Edge Sense has been a unique selling point, and it appears here again but much improved. The side buttons don’t move, instead they are pressure sensitive, with haptic feedback instead.HTC have taken inspiration from Apple in removing parts of their handset, which theoretically means less can go wrong. This new way of squeezing the edges instead of pressing buttons really does feel futuristic, you can squeeze, long squeeze and double tap the edges. The best part? You can decide what these actions launch, be it Google Assistant of Wi-Fi hotspot, it is fully customisable.
The power behind the HTC U12+ will come from the Snapdragon 845, and like the OnePlus 6, it will pack this chipset worldwide, ensuring you get great hardware. This is combined with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage with the ability to expand this via microSD. There is a 3500aMh battery to supply the HTC with enough power to make sure it lasts roughly an average days use. The handset has Android Oreo installed as of now, with HTC confirming that it will be moved to Android P. There is USB Type-C on the bottom for charging and music, confirming the omission of the 3.5mm headphone jack.
The screen is 6-inches in size, and is Quad HD+ with 2880x1440 resolution meaning this is as high-end as you can get at the moment. Companies like Huawei and OnePlus are still sticking to full HD+, so this is a step up compared to rival flagships. The U12+ display is brilliant, with a great balance in colour and has a quality LCD display instead of OLED that offers good viewing angles. Because of the resolution every detail is richer and deeper and more accurate, giving it a much more premium look here along with the overall design of the phone.
In 2014 HTC released the One M8 which had a dual camera (one of the very first to do so), and it became a trendsetter. However, it was nowhere near perfect, and some believe it was too early to this game, and many have wondered why it took HTC so long to release a second attempt. On the HTC U12+, we have two cameras on the rear with the main being 12MP with f/1.75 aperture. On the front though, there are also two cameras – both 8MP and f/2.0 – they are perfectly designed for those selfies.
This is a truly innovative phone in terms of design and the features it packs, with the Edge Sense having been immensely updated. The dual cameras still need some time to be tested properly, and the high asking price compared to cheaper rivals will pose many questions. With HTC’s chequered past, only time will tell how successful this flagship device will be.