HTC U12+ Reviewed at Engadget

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 S9Xperia 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.

 

Specifications

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
Battery 3,420mAh
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)
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Waterproofing IP68
NFC Yes
Headphone jack No (USB-C only)

 

Pros

  • Great display and audio
  • One of the best cameras around
  • Solid performance with the latest mobile chip

Cons

  • Terrible and frustrating pressure-sensitive power and volume keys
  • Not quite as responsive as other flagships
  • Front-facing dual camera isn’t great

Summary

There’s no real reason to choose the HTC U12+ over any other 2018 Android flagship. Sure, it has a good camera, a big, beautiful display and is appropriately priced, but there are too many viable alternatives. What’s more, the day-to-day user experience is often ruined by pressure-sensitive power and volume keys that seem to have minds of their own.

Source: Engadget

 

You can buy the HTC U12+ mobile phone. from Amazon for USD $899 for the 128GB version – https://amzn.to/2lp2d9r

 

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