HTC U12 Plus Launch Today

Doris Richards
May 25, 2018

So, we now have ample information about what the smartphone has in store. But HTC has this time interestingly replaced all the physical buttons, including the volume rocker and power button, with a set of pressure-sensitive buttons to deliver a futuristic feel.

HTC has also failed to include wireless charging which is fast becoming a standard feature on most flagship smartphones.

You'll have to wait for our full review to see whether the quality of the HTC U12 Plus's screen is better, but while the HTC U11's generally impressed in our review, we'd expect at least slight improvements from the HTC U12 Plus. Its shipments are expected to begin sometime in the middle of June, with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon offering separate plans for customers using their network in the region. £699 is the United Kingdom asking price.

HTC is yet to confirm the livestreaming availability for the launch event.

But the ailing company has one more trick up its sleeve: the new HTC U12 Plus.

Most of the smartphone OEMs have switched to OLED panels for their new phones. The phone is even smart enough to recognize in which hand you're holding it, and shift the reduced UI to the appropriate side of the display.

Hopefully if nothing else it's a bit brighter, as we found both the HTC U11 and HTC U11 Plus to be slightly dimmer than we'd like.

HTC has also doubled down on its touch feedback experience, debuting Edge Sense 2 on the U12+. The handset also lets you simply hold its edges to rotate the screen. HTC claims that Edge Sense 2 works in "almost any app" available in Google Play. This places it between the Huawei P20 Pro (with an overall score of 106) and the Huawei P20 (with an overall score of 102). In terms of video, DxOMark said the U12+ offered effective stabilisation; good tracking and accurate autofocus; pleasant white balance and vivid colour; good exposure and dynamic range, as well as generally low levels of noise. The HTC U11 is IP67 certified, meaning it can be submerged up to 1 meter deep in water for up to 30 minutes, while the HTC U12 Plus beats it with IP68 certification, meaning it can be dunked up to 1.5 meters deep for up to 30 minutes.

Just recently, HTC also announced that they will be developing a blockchain-powered smartphone which the company will be naming Exodus.

The U12 Plus has a glass back in Flame Red, Translucent Blue or Ceramic Black, along with a metal frame and slim bezels above and below the display, but no notch. I'm a sucker for the flame red version, which looks stunning when the light dances around its edges. The phone will come with 6-inch Super LCD6 screen bearing Quad HD+ 1440×2880 pixels resolution. The main sensor features an f/1.8 lens with OIS and Phase detection plus Laser autofocus.

One of the notable hardware upgrades comes in the form of dual rear- and front-mounted cameras.

But as well as an extra lens on the back, the HTC U12 Plus also has an extra lens on the front, with an f/2.0 aperture. On the connectivity front, there is 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, and NFC. The smartphone has a rear-facing fingerprint sensor.

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