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HTC U12 Plus: live on the edge with this 6-inch flagship

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It has been a while since we last heard of the Taiwanese company, but the world stood up and noticed the HTC U12 Plus having just released a couple of weeks ago.

But before we begin, let’s do a quick throwback to last year’s amazing U11 Plus:

  • 6-inch Quad HD Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2880 pixels, 18:9 ratio or ~538 ppi density
  • Fullview display
  • IP68 certified - dust and water proof up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • Front/back glass & aluminum frame
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 540 graphics and 4GB/6GB RAM
  • 12MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, phase detection autofocus, OIS and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Android Oreo 8.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3930 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • November 2017 release date
  • 699 Pound Sterling or ~970 US Dollar price tag

HTC U11 Plus is one expensive flagship that struggles to fight head-on with others in its price range. Yes, it does have everything that you could wish for, but the high price tag is holding back its huge potential.

Now let’s turn our attention to the latest U12 Plus with the below improvements:

  • 6-inch Quad HD+ Super LCD6 capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2880 pixels, 18:9 ratio or ~537 ppi density
  • IP68 certified - dust and waterproof up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • Liquid surface
  • Edge Sense 2
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Corning Gorilla Glass protection
  • Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver), Adreno 630 and 6GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP (f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF) + 16MP primary camera (12MP effective, f/2.6 aperture, 1.0µm), PDAF & laser AF, OIS, gyro-EIS, 2x optical zoom and dual-LED dual-tone flash
  • Dual 8MP secondary camera with (f/2.0 aperture, 1.12µm), 1080p, HDR, panorama
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • HTC BoomSound audio
  • Android Oreo 8.0, upgradeable to Android P 9.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery with Fast battery charging: 50% charge in 35 minutes (Quick Charge 3.0)
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • June 2018 release date
  • USD 799 price tag

Starting with the obvious, U12 Plus sports a similar 6-inch screen size and resolution – but with an upgraded Super LCD6 screen. The new 3D glass on this 18:9 beauty delivers ultra-thin borders that are 2mm narrower than HTC U11.

You also get to enjoy a more comfortable hold and view, so you can focus on what you love. The water-resistant IP68 rating means you can use your phone even when there’s rain or dust. The next generation of Edge Sense offers more useful features and now even knows which hand you are using, giving you true one-handed freedom for either hand.

The camera aspect of the U12 Plus is the highlight of the show here. It received the highest-rated dual camera setup in the smartphone industry. With four cameras, it delivers outstanding quality imaging and opens up whole new worlds for artistic creativity. Your photos will be amazing, and your videos with immersive audio will stand out from the crowd. No other smartphone can challenge the dual 12MP+16MP primary camera and dual 8MP selfie camera that it has.

With HTC BoomSound audio, it offers the loudest and clearest sound that you will ever hear from a smartphone. The subtle woofer and tweeter separation design produce unheard of power and clarity.

Battery-wise, the 3500 mAh-rated battery is just delightful to power up the flagship for a full day of charge. When the time comes to plug it in, it only takes 35 minutes to get it up to 50%.

Finally, the promise of the update to the latest Android P 9.0 operating system once it is out in the market; will further prolong its shelf life in the smartphone arena.

Conclusion:

HTC U12 Plus saw lots of exciting changes going on compared to last year’s flagship. The best thing is, all that improvements and enhancements come with a lower price tag. You should check it out if you have the dough.

HTC U12 Plus had just been released for approximately USD 799. There are three colours for you to choose from: Translucent Blue, Ceramic Black and Flame Red.

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