HTC officially doubles down on the edge with the U12+

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.

 HTC U12+
AnnouncedMay 23, 2018
ReleasedMay 2016
Display6-inch Super LCD 6, 2:1 aspect ratio, 2880 x 1440 resolution, Gorilla Glass 5, HDR 10
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core, Adreno 630 GPUI
Storage64/128GB UFS 2.1 with MicroSD card support
Primary Rear Camera12MP, 1.4μm pixels, F/1.75, OIS, EIS, UltraPixel 4, HDR Boost, UltraSpeed AF
Secondary Rear Camera16MP sensor, 1μm pixels, F/2.6, 2X Optical Zoom, Portrait Mode
Front CameraDual 8MP sensors, 1.12μm pixels, F/2.0. 84° wide-angle FOV, Portrait Mode
Battery3,500mAh (non-removable)
ChargingUSB Type-C with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0
SoundHTC BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition, HTC USonic,
USB Type-C Noise cancelling headphones
SoftwareAndroid 8.0 Oreo, HTC Sense
ConnectivityNFC, 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
Water/Dust ResistanceIP68
SIMDual Hybrid SIM in selected regions, Dual LTE
NetworkCat. 18 Gigabit LTE, download up to 1.2 Gbps, upload up to 150 Mbps,
Network BandsFDD: Bands B4, B12, B17, B28, B20, B5, B8, B3, B1, B7, B32, B2, B13, B66
TDD: Bands B39, B40, B38, B41
SensorsAmbient, proximity, motion, compass, gyro, magnetic, edge sensor, fingerprint sensor
Measurements156.6 x 73.9 x 8.7-9.7mm
Weight188 grams
ColorsTranslucent 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.

source: HTC

Pre-order: HTC

About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.

  • pda96

    By offering me too devices at premium prices, HTC continues to dig its own grave. I’m surprised that even after so many years of losses, this company is still in business.