HTC U12+: A flagship phone from HTC

by Saroj Upreti

The HTC U12+ is a flagship offering from HTC launched recently on May 23. The HTC U12+ is the successor of HTC U11 with the inclusion of squeezy surface panels to rock the smartphone industry once again. Let’s delve into the quick spec-sheet of the device.

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Display6 inch, WQHD+ resoltuion, 18:9 aspect ratio
ProcessorSnapdragon 845
Storage64/128 GB
CameraPrimary: Dual cameras with 12 and 16MP sensors

Secondary: Dual cameras with 8MP sensors
Battery3500 mAH, USB Type-C, Quick charge 3/4 support
AndroidAndroid 8.0, HTC Sense
Prominent featuresEdge Sense 2, Boom-Bombastic HiFi Sound, IP68 certified, Facial recognition


HTC U12+: A flagship phone from HTC

The design of HTC U12+ is quite astonishing as the company has incorporated the” liquid surface design”. HTC has done a brilliant job in design compartment encapsulating the device with curvy glass back with gradient polishing looks. The gradient looks gives a two-tone glossy color look from varying viewing angle in presence of light. The U12+ is available in 3 color variants: ceramic black, translucent blue, and flame red. The ceramic black looks like a casual phone from HTC but later two are quite stunning. The translucent blue is blurred glass panel and allows you to see some internals of the device. The flame red has pink-reddish gradient looks that change its color spectrum from different angles.

The innovative feature of Edge sense 2 is truly a masterpiece of HTC’s design module. The edge sensors are pressure sensitive panels that allow you to support various gesture options. The pressure of your grip at the sides of the phone triggers the gesture shortcuts.


HTC U12+: A flagship phone from HTC

The HTC U12+ sports a QHD+ 6-inch display of whopping 2560*1440 resolution. The display is super bright, vibrant and supports wide color spectrum. But, the deployment of LCD panel instead of OLED from a brand like HTC is really a bummer. The device also flaunts trendy feature of 2018, an 18:9 aspect ratio display. The design of HTC U12+ is completely notch-free and has thinner bezels at the front.



The dual camera setup at the rear features a primary camera of a 12MP and secondary camera of a 16MP. The primary camera is descent shooter of 12 MP sensor with an aperture of f/1.75. The primary camera allows you to take stunning shots and has the support of both optical as well as an electronic stabilizer. The secondary camera is a telephoto lens that supports optical zoom up to 2x and digital zoom up to 10x. The secondary camera is also incredible at taking portrait shots (also known as Bokeh effect).

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The front of the device also sports dual camera setup of 8 MP lens with f/2.0 apertures. It offers wide-angle selfies up to 84-degree flexibility and portrait shots. The front camera also comes with selfie flash to illuminate subjects at dark places. The low-light images from HTC U12+ are quite sharp, natural and vibrant.

Battery, Performance, and Storage


Under the hood, the device is powered by the latest Snapdragon 845 SOC and 6 GB RAM. The onboard storage is either 64 GB or 128 GB along with micro-SD card expansion support. There’s a 3500 mAh battery inside the device which has support for quick charge 3/4+. The device, sadly, doesn’t have support for Qi wireless charging which is quite a disappointment for a flagship phone.

Software, Price, and Availability: HTC U12+

HTC U12+: A flagship phone from HTC

The HTC U12+ runs on Android 8.0 and the company claims to rollover android upgrades for 2 years. The price of U12+ is exorbitant, with a tag of $800 for the base model and $850 for the standard model. As per the claim of HTC, the phone will be made available globally.

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