HTC U12+ has defeated Huawei P20 as the second highest rated smartphone on DxOMark’s rating. The new flagship smartphone from the Taiwan-based technology giant scored an overall 103, which puts it one point ahead of Huawei P20. The U12+ is now behind only the triple camera-based Huawei P20 Pro smartphone.
HTC U12+ brings an updated dual rear camera setup with a combination of 12-megapixel wide-angle sensor with f/1.75 and optical image stabilization. The sensor also has larger pixel size of 1.4 micron. There is also a 16-megapixel secondary sensor with f/2.6 aperture and support for 2x optical zoom. The cameras also include phase detection autofocus and laser-assisted autofocus and 4K video recording at 60 frames per second. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC which employs a new Spectra image signal processor.
According to DxOMark, the HTC U12+ offers significant improvement over its predecessor and excels in still photography. It achieved a photo score of 106 and has been found to excel in key areas including color, autofocus, flash, zoom and bokeh effects. However, it does have areas for improvements including dynamic range and noise is visible in low light.
Like most other flagship smartphones, the HTC U12+ excels when taking pictures in outdoor or bright light conditions. DxOMark says it records “a good range of tones, neutral white balance, and well-rendered hues that are bold, but not overly saturated.” It also has better texture preservation in bright light and records lot of details even in intricate areas.
With a focal length of 54mm, the secondary 16-megapixel camera of HTC U12+ shoots up to 2x magnification and preserves good image quality. “In the short-range zoom samples below, the U12+ shows a level of detail that is very close to that of the Apple iPhone X.”
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The smartphone has also been found to create slightly stronger blur while shooting in bokeh mode. It works well in both indoor and outdoor conditions and offers smooth blur transitions. In the video category, it scored a sub-score of 95, making it a good all-round performer. “Given its excellent exposures in most lighting conditions, good dynamic range, a nice compromise between texture and noise, and outstanding autofocus performance, you can be confident that the HTC U12+ will deliver in a wide range of environments,” DxOMark concludes in its review.