HTC has officially announced the U12+, their supersized flagship device for 2018. If you’ve been keeping up with the rumors lately you probably already know what to expect from this one, but HTC still managed to drop a few key software features to keep things exciting.
The specs are top shelf here with a Snapdragon 845, 6GB of RAM, and plenty of internal storage. HTC’s cameras are always on point, too, so photo enthusiasts will find a lot to love here.
|Announced||May 23, 2018|
|Display||6-inch Super LCD 6, 2:1 aspect ratio, 2880 x 1440 resolution, Gorilla Glass 5, HDR 10|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core, Adreno 630 GPUI|
|Storage||64/128GB UFS 2.1 with MicroSD card support|
|Primary Rear Camera||12MP, 1.4μm pixels, F/1.75, OIS, EIS, UltraPixel 4, HDR Boost, UltraSpeed AF|
|Secondary Rear Camera||16MP sensor, 1μm pixels, F/2.6, 2X Optical Zoom, Portrait Mode|
|Front Camera||Dual 8MP sensors, 1.12μm pixels, F/2.0. 84° wide-angle FOV, Portrait Mode|
|Charging||USB Type-C with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0|
|Sound||HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition, HTC USonic,
USB Type-C Noise cancelling headphones
|Software||Android 8.0 Oreo, HTC Sense|
|Connectivity||NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Calling, HTC Connect, MU-MIMO, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C|
|SIM||Dual Hybrid SIM in selected regions, Dual LTE|
|Network||Cat. 18 Gigabit LTE, download up to 1.2 Gbps, upload up to 150 Mbps,
|Network Bands||FDD: Bands B4, B12, B17, B28, B20, B5, B8, B3, B1, B7, B32, B2, B13, B66
TDD: Bands B39, B40, B38, B41
|Sensors||Ambient, proximity, motion, compass, gyro, magnetic, edge sensor, fingerprint sensor|
|Measurements||156.6 x 73.9 x 8.7-9.7mm|
|Colors||Translucent Blue, Flaming Red, Ceramic Black|
Edge Sense 2 is one of the highly advertised new software features, building on what we saw with last year’s model. Instead of just launching apps and shortcuts, the HTC U12+ can now tell which hand you’re holding the phone with to more intuitively use gestures and shortcuts to navigate your device. That includes taking photos, zooming in on maps, and more.
The dual camera system on the back of the device claims to be close to DSLR quality with new HDR modes for improved low light performance, a 2x optical zoom and 10x digital zoom, and a new Sonic Zoom feature that allows users to zoom in on particular sounds to better capture particular moments of videos. It also managed to top DxOMark’s list for best smartphone with dual cameras.
HTC is still including BoomSound for loud, crisp audio, and the device supports AptX audio for higher resolution Bluetooth streaming.
And if you’re curious about the actual design of the phone, HTC went all out with a “liquid surface” finish that offers a premium glass design with pressure sensitive buttons and vibrant colors. The flame red option does the color shifting thing that we’ve seen some other phones do, and it’s always an impressive look.
It is made of glass and still doesn’t feature wireless charging, though, which some people are probably gonna be irked about.
The device is up for pre-order on HTC’s site for $799, and there are options for HTC financing if you don’t want to throw all the money at the phone up front. We’ll keep you updated on carrier information as it becomes available.