HTC has launched the U12+, its first flagship smartphone for 2018. The new U12+ is the successor to last year’s U11+, and brings several improvements including a camera that now sits second on the DxOMark rating list. The specifications of HTC U12+ are basically replay of whatever was leaked ahead of its official launch.
The HTC U12+ builds on the design of its predecessor with 6-inch Quad HD+ Super LCD 6 display supporting a resolution of 2880×1440 pixels, and 18:9 aspect ratio. It has thin bezels surrounding the display, and does not feature a notch. It also has that translucent back, which was widely appreciated last time around. The smartphone now comes in translucent blue, ceramic black, and flame red color variants.
HTC U12+, as one would expect, is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with clock frequency up to 2.8GHz. The smartphone comes with 6GB RAM, and option for either 64GB or 128GB internal storage. It runs Android 8.0 Oreo along with second-generation Edge Sense feature that allows users to squeeze to access apps or control the phone. With Edge Sense 2, users can hold for smart rotate and smart dim or double tap for a mini screen for one-handed use. There are also other customizable gestures to launch camera or activate Google Assistant.
One of the biggest improvements coming to HTC U12+ is in the camera department. With an overall score of 103, the smartphone has managed to beat Huawei P20 as the second-highest rated device on DxOmark. The HTC U12+ sports four cameras – two on the front, and two on the rear. The rear camera setup combines a 12-megapixel wide-angle camera with HTC UltraPixel 4 that uses a sensor with pixel size of 1.4 micron, and has f/1.75 aperture. It also gets a 16-megapixel telephoto lens with pixel size of 1 micron and f2.6 aperture. The main camera supports optical image stabilization, AR sticker, RAW shooting, and dual-LED flash.
At the front, there is dual 8-megapixel image sensors with 1.12 micron pixel size, and f/2.0 aperture. The front cameras have a wider 84-degree field of view, and support bokeh mode for portrait. They also support AR sticker, face unlock, and selfie panorama among other features. The main camera is capable of recording 4K videos at 60fps and 1080p slow-motion videos at 240fps.
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The HTC U12+ comes with IP68 water and dust resistance, and supports connectivity features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, and 4G LTE with dual LTE support. The HTC U12+ is backed by a 3,500mAh battery, and can charge up to 50 percent in 35 minutes using Quick Charge 3.0. The HTC U12+ is now available for preorder at $799 (around Rs 54,600) for the 64GB variant, and $849 (around Rs 58,000) for the 128GB variant.
The HTC U12+ is not a radical change from its predecessor, but that seems to be the plan here. The smartphone sticks to the basics, and is focusing on delivering a great imaging experience along with large battery, IP68 certification, and improvements to Edge Sense. The smartphone will compete against the likes of Samsung Galaxy S9+, Huawei P20 Pro, LG G7 ThinQ, and OnePlus 6.
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