HTC U12+ review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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The HTC U12+ has some silly gimmicks, but if you can look past them it's a top-quality handset with a great camera.

6 inches

Display size

1440 x 2880px

128GB

Internal storage

12MP + 16MP

Rear camera

3,500 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Display Size
6 inches
Resolution
1440 x 2880px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
537 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP + 16MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.75 + f/2.6
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
8MP + 8MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0 + f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
156.6mm x 73.9mm x 9.7mm
Weight
188g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 18

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 845
RAM
6GB
Operating system
Android 8
Internal storage
128GB
External storage support
Up to 2TB
Battery capacity
3,500mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP68
Wireless charging
No
Launch price (RRP)$1,199
Launch date2018-06
HTC U12+

The good

  • Delightful physical design
  • Good audio quality
  • Premium performance
  • Excellent dual-lens cameras

The areas for improvement

  • No headphone jack
  • Upgraded Edge Sense is tricky to get working
  • Higher price than some competitors

HTC sits in a unique position in the mobile phone space. It can rightly claim to have ushered in the Android smartphone era, and it's also something of a favoured Google partner, having sold considerable IP and staff assets to the search giant back in 2017.

However, that doesn't mean that it has enjoyed considerable success with its recent handsets. The HTC U11 was an excellent handset that was largely overlooked by consumers despite offering features that would appear later in the year in the very popular Google Pixel 2. HTC's taken the core concepts behind the HTC U11 and iterated them in a number of interesting ways with the HTC U12+.

If you were wondering, there's no such thing as the HTC U12. The "plus" moniker is used to denote that the phone supports dual SIM cards, allowing you to switch between different mobile networks and phone numbers on the fly (a feature useful for folks using their phone for both business and personal purposes).

Design

  • Unique "no button" design
  • Lacks headphone jack
HTC U12+ review

Camera

  • Good low-light performance
  • A good choice for those who want to use auto rather than pro modes
HTC U12+ review

Performance

  • App performance that's equal to other 2018 premium handsets
  • Edge Sense is too sensitive
  • Boom Sound speakers deliver good audio
HTC U12+ review

Battery life

  • Battery life is mid-range for a premium phone.
  • Wireless charging support is a big plus.
HTC U12+ review

Verdict

  • HTC's best phone to date and a great premium competitor.
  • Lack of contract options may be a problem for some users.
HTC U12+ review

Pricing and availability

Compare SIM-only plans for the HTC U12+

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Name Product Features Data Price
Monthly winner: Data
Circles.Life 100GB for $38 SIM-only Plan
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • New customers get over 20% off for 12 months - pay $30/mth, then $38/mth onwards. T&Cs apply. Ends 18.01.2021, 9pm AEDT
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
100GB
Data
$30
per month
100GB
Data
Moose 15.80 6GB 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
6GB
Data
$15.80
per month
6GB
Data
$15.80
per month
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Circles.Life 20GB for $28 SIM-only Monthly Plan
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • New customers get triple data and over 20% off for 12 months - pay $22/mth, then $28/mth onwards. T&Cs apply. Ends 18.01.2021, 9pm AEDT
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
60GB
Data
$22
per month
60GB
Data
felix Subscription $35 1 month
SIM-Only - Subscription
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
No download limit
Speeds limited to 20Mbps
$35
per 1 months
No download limit
Speeds limited to 20Mbps
$35
per 1 months
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Moose 23.80 20GB 1 Month
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
20GB
Data
$23.80
per month
20GB
Data
$23.80
per month
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Circles.Life 8GB for $18 SIM-only Plan
SIM-Only - Postpaid
No contract
  • New customers get over 20% off for 12 months - pay $14/mth, then $18/mth onwards. T&Cs apply. Ends 18.01.2021, 9pm AEDT
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
8GB
Data
$14
per month
8GB
Data
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HTC U12+ specs

Display

Display Size
6 inches
Resolution
1440 x 2880px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
537 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP + 16MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.75 + f/2.6
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
8MP + 8MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0 + f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
156.6mm x 73.9mm x 9.7mm
Weight
188g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
Category 18

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Snapdragon 845
RAM
6GB
Operating system
Android 8
Internal storage
128GB
External storage support
Up to 2TB
Battery capacity
3,500mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
No
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
IP68
Wireless charging
No

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