Engadget has posted a review of the HTC U12+ mobile phone. It’s a good alternative to any Android based phone from LG, Samsung and Huawei.
HTC’s U11+ never made it to the US, but considering it launched elsewhere in December last year, it’s no surprise you’re looking at a very similar handset in the U12+. The most obvious visual difference between the two is you now get two camera lenses instead of one, both on the front and back of the device. Otherwise, the design hasn’t really come on leaps in six months.
HTC has stuck with a mostly glass build, a metal border sandwiched between a flat pane on the front and curved sheet on the back. It’s a solidly put-together device with a luxurious feel familiar to phones like the glass-lavished Galaxy S9, Xperia XZ2 and Nokia 8 Sirocco, to name a few. You also get IP68-rated waterproofing, which you’d expect from 2018 flagship but important for peace of mind nonetheless. Wireless charging, however, isn’t featured, but then again that’s still not a given in high-end devices quite yet.
One thing you need to know: Like the U11+, the U12+ is a big phone and relatively heavy, too, at 188g (around 6.6 ounces) — roughly the same as the Galaxy S9+, 14g heavier than the iPhone X, but 10g lighter than the Xperia XZ2. HTC has managed to shave 1mm off the width, making the six-inch display near edge-to-edge on either side, and shed nearly 2mm off the height, though there’s still a fair slice of pixel-free space above and below the screen.
|Processor||Octa-core Snapdragon 845|
|RAM / storage||6GB / 64GB|
|MicroSD card support||Up to 400GB|
|Display||6-inch LCD, HDR 10|
|Display resolution||2,880 x 1,440 (18:9)|
|Rear camera||12MP wide-angle + 16MP telephoto|
|Front-facing camera||8MP + 8MP|
|OS||Android 8.0 Oreo with HTC Sense|
|Charging||USB-C with quick-charging|
|Dimensions||156.6 x 73.9 x 9.7mm (6.2 x 2.9 x 0.4 inches)|
|Weight||188g (6.6 ounces)|
|Headphone jack||No (USB-C only)|
- Great display and audio
- One of the best cameras around
- Solid performance with the latest mobile chip
- Terrible and frustrating pressure-sensitive power and volume keys
- Not quite as responsive as other flagships
- Front-facing dual camera isn’t great