2017 was a year of decline for HTC. First, the U11 and U Ultra were heavily criticized. Later, Google bought a large part of HTC's manufacturing department, leaving the Taiwanese company with a skeletonized crew after losing 2,000 key employees. But that does not stop HTC – their flagship U12 + has just been announced, and it's pretty impressive.
On the positive side, HTC has received a massive influx of money from the Google deal – $ 1.1 billion, to be exact. With this additional capital and the relative success of the U11 + at the end of 2017, the U12 Plus could turn its back on the once-esteemed smartphone company. The HTC U1
- OS Version: Android 8.0 Oreo
- Skin: HTC Sense
- Dimensions: 6.17 "x 2.9"
- Thickness: 0.34 "
- Weight: 6.63 oz
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 at 2, Clocked at 8 GHz
- GPU: Adreno 630
- RAM: 6 GB
- 64 or 128 GB (expandable via microSD)
- Display: 6 "Super LCD 6
- Resolution: 2880 x 1440 (537 PPI)
- Rear View Camera: 12 MP Wide Angle Camera and 16 MP Tele
- Front Camera: 8 MP + 8 MP
- Battery: [Wateranddustresistance: IP68
- Bluetooth: 5.0
- Other: Unlock HTC Face, Edge Sense 2
Like many of its predecessors, HTC will use Super LCD technology in the U12 + – specifically, it will lend the same super LCD 6-panel of the HTC U11 + from last year
super LCD panels, which manufactured by the S-LCD Corporation differ from the LCD in that they remove the air gap between the outer glass and the display element. It also contributes to lower power consumption and improves outdoor visibility. HTC has been using the technology since Nexus One on their phones, so its use was expected.
The screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass, although HTC did not specify which version. Hopefully, after JerryRigEverything has completed its removal of the device, we will learn this information. Our guess is that Gorilla Glass 5 will be used as this is the most common version used by flagship phones in 2018. The display supports HDR 10 (but not the other HDR standard Dolby Vision) with DCI-P3 and sRGB color spaces.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC & 6GB RAM
Like any other non-Huawei Android device, the heart of the HTC U12 + is the latest and greatest from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 845 with the Adreno 630. HTC will take full advantage of the octa-core chipset, which can reach speeds of up to 2.8GHz.
While the SoC is no surprise, the amount of RAM is a real eye-catcher. The HTC U12 + comes with 6GB on all SKUs. With so much RAM, it's on par with the Samsung Galaxy S9 + and OnePlus 6, two devices known as multitasking multitasking. Gaming performance should improve as games are known to use a fair amount of RAM. But for those of us who normally do not play games on our phones, the combination of the Snapdragon 845 and 6 GB across the board should lead to a truly smooth experience.
HTC brings back an innovation they introduced last year with the HTC U11, Edge Sense. Updated for the new flagship, Edge Sense 2 will help distinguish itself from the competition with new, unique device-aware tools that enhance navigation in the phone. With Google adding Edge Sense 1.0 to the Pixel 2 lineup, we may see the first new changes coming with the upcoming Pixel 3.
Edge Sense 2 offers a new way to interact with the pressure-sensitive pages. The gesture can be completely customized according to your wishes. You can tap the pages to see apps and sensors. Just as you can make the gesture on your display by tapping the page twice, you can turn on one-hand mode. What is special about it is that the device knows which hand you are using and which side the one-hand mode uses.
Short presses and long presses are still present and remain as individual as in Edge Sense 1. What will take some time to get used to are the new buttons, which are not really buttons. Similar to the iPhone 7's 3D Touch Home button, HTC uses the same pressure sensing technology as Edge Sense to replace all buttons. Instead of pushing, you'll get haptic feedback if you've put enough pressure to activate the "button" functionality. It's different and could help keep your phone in the dark.
The rear cameras have a 12 MP main shooter and a 16 MP telephoto lens. The main shooter will be a wide-angle camera with HTC's UltraPixel 4 Tech. UltraPixel sensors use enlarged pixels that capture more than 300% more light than conventional pixels. The larger pixels enhance low-light shooting as more light is captured and improve the overall picture quality by taking more information with each photo. The main lens has a aperture of 1 / 1.75. The second lens offers 2x optical zoom, with digital zoom up to 10x. The aperture is f / 2.6.
There is also UltraSpeed Autofocus 2, which uses phase detection and laser auto focus to focus on objects quickly. Portrait mode is also supported on the rear cameras. There are even AR sticker support for those who want to add a little flair to their photos. Pro mode with manual controls is also included and supports RAW format.
As with the front cameras, the HTC U12 + is one of the rare four infrequently Company be camera smartphones in the market. Two 8-MP cameras are on board, each offering a field of view of 84 ° and an aperture of 2.0. With the dual lenses, the portrait mode can also be easily performed on the front cameras. AR stickers are also supported on the front cameras, along with HDR boost and live makeup. The screen also serves as a flash for a selfie in dim lighting.
In addition, the front cameras support Face Unlock. Face Unlock is implemented similar to the OnePlus 5, which relies on the selfie cameras for authentication. Although this is not safe, it is quick and useful if you can not use your fingers to unlock your device (as if it's freezing outside and putting on gloves).
Like videos, it supports up to 4k at 60 fps. High quality audio recording (24 kHz and 24 bit) and support for 360 ° 3D audio (with the four microphones). Like many 2018 Android flagships, the U12 + also supports 1080p and 240 fps slow motion videos. OIS is available for video recording. You can even record 8 MP photos when recording 4K video, if you wish.
HTC has re-incorporated its BoomSound technology into its flagship. Known as the BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition, HTC uses the lowest speaker and the ear speaker to deliver high-quality audio that's better than the bottom-lit stereo speakers. The bass is controlled by the lower speaker, while the ear speaker acts as a tweeter. With this arrangement HTC offers more full and rich sound.
Like many OEMs, HTC has removed the headphone jack from their devices to follow the trend of the Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The U12 + is no different and will not include the popular I / O port. Thanks to Android 8.0 Oreo Hi-Fi audio via Bluetooth headphones is possible because the U12 + supports some hi-fi codecs such as aptX HD and LDAC.
HTC U12 + will contain a sizable 3,500 mAh battery. While this is not the largest capacity we've seen, this is definitely at the upper limit of battery capacity, with many flagships choosing much less. With this large capacity, Quick Charge 3.0 is paired, allowing 50% load in 35 minutes. It also supports Quick Charge 4.0 when paired with a compatible charger. HTC will refrain from using the technology for wireless charging despite the glass cover.
Both VoLTE and Wi-Fi telephony are supported. 802.11ac is supported with MU-MIMO for fast data connections over a Wi-Fi network. With HTC Connect, you can wirelessly stream media from your phone to compatible external devices such as TVs, speakers, and audio systems. Other popular standards like Chromecast, DLNA and Miracast are also supported. There is also support for DisplayPort via the USB Type-C port.
The devices are available in 64 GB or 128 GB memory variants, both of which support microSD expansion (up to 2 TB). Both options include 6GB of RAM.
The Liquid Glass Surface design also returns. The design introduced with the U Ultra reflects the light so that the colors change depending on the viewing angle.
The U12 + is now available on the HTC website. Use the following link to get the 64 GB carrier version (AT & T, T-Mobile and Verizon) or the unlocked version with either 64 GB or 128 GB of storage. Only Sprint customers can not use this device.
In addition, you can buy the phone from Amazon. Obviously, this version will work in both GSM (AT & T and T-Mobile) and Verizon networks. This variant is not sold via carrier.
Prices start at $ 799 for the 64 GB version. For the 128 GB variant, the price increases to 849 US dollars. For US customers, there will be two colors – Translucent Blue and Ceramic Black. Translucent Blue is the most interesting of the two because it is semi-transparent and reveals some of the internals of the device. There is also a red color, but it will not be available in the US.
With the HTC U12 + fans can be hopeful that HTC is on the rebound. How well it sells will largely depend on increasing customer perception, but with the datasheet bearing this thing, we can be sure that the phone will be better able to compete with people like Samsung and LG. What do you think about the U12 +? Are you going to try the once iconic brand again? Let us know in the comments below.