With what seems to be a saturated market full of display notches and a camera modules that’s looking exactly like it’s made from Cupertino, HTC on the other hand took the other way and stayed with what loved the most. A notchless display with no obstruction or whatsoever in the company latest flagship the HTC U12+.
While the naming convention looks to imply that’s there could be another variant that sits behind the gargantuan-size, well, something could come out on the later date but according to HTC, the U12+ is the company’s one and only flagship device and nothing else.
The new HTC U12+ is built-in metal and glass with the glass being the prominent element that you’ll see on the front and back. This choice of material enabled HTC to offer their unique color options including a Ceramic Black, Flame Red and a Translucent Blue color option which is a besides the color scheme, the glass itself is transparent which shows the innards of the device.
The handset comes with a large 6-inch Super LCD display with an Quad-HD+ display on a 18:9 Aspect ratio. This display may not be as vibrant as those found on the Samsung devices or the Huawei P20’s but the absence of the notch is a lot of a big deal and it’s actually a Plus.
Under the luxurious looking handset is a powerhouse with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. Such power is paired with 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or a 128GB of internal storage with microSD card support for memory expansion. But be reminded though that expanding the storage space on the device requires to ditch the second SIM slot as the HTC U12+ has a hybrid SIM/memory card slot for that matter.
For imaging, the HTC U12+ has everything that you’ll need to take the best shoot. Like what the company pioneer a few years ago, the new flagship features a dual camera setup on the back. And get this, it comes with a dual camera on the front as well.
The main sensors sits horizontally on the back of the device when standing (oriented like that from the LG flagships). These sensors composed of a 12 Megapixel f/1.75 Aperture wide-angle lens camera and a 16 Megapixel telephoto sensor with an f/2.6 Aperture. It offers a 1.85x and 2.0x Optical zoom and 10x digital zoom. It includes a dual-LED dual-tone flash to assist in low light conditions. The front camera are a pair for 8 Megapixel sensors with an f/2.0 Aperture with an 84-degree wide-angle view lens.
These camera setup produces Bokeh shots and features AR stickers, face detection and HDR Boost. The front-facing cameras are stepping up the feature and comes with a Face Unlock feature, a feature to the existing fingerprint and pin/password unlocking features.
Other notable features on the U12+ is HTC’s gesture features with the Edge Sense 2. May it be a squeeze or a simple tap, the HTC U12+ can take actions fast and easy. Tap and hold both sides of the handset and turning it sideways will reorient the screen horizontally with ease. Double tapping either sides of the device will enable one-handed use feature and lastly the all squeeze gesture is also there to access either Google or Alexa assistant. Better yet, these Edge Sense 2 features can also be customized and assign functions with taps and squeezes.
Other interesting features that the new handset has included are the ever impressive BoomSound audio enhancements and support for AptX HD for a crisp audio output through bluetooth speakers and earphones. Another cool feature and the much-needed one is water protection, the handset comes with an IP68 Certified build for Dust and Water resistance to keep users at peace in any given situation.
The new HTC U12+ has a 3500 mAh embedded battery however, despite the glass back though, the handset does not have wireless charging but that’s not a problem as it supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 and features both Power Saving Mode and Extreme Power Saving Mode for the most need battery performance. The HTC U12+ is driven by Android 8.0 Oreo with HTC Sense UI on top.