The HTC U12+ has some silly gimmicks, but if you can look past them it's a top-quality handset with a great camera.
- 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
The HTC U12+ is an excellent premium smartphone and well worth your consideration, even if some of its gimmicks are less than compelling.
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).
- Unique "no button" design
- Lacks headphone jack
- Good low-light performance
- A good choice for those who want to use auto rather than pro modes
- App performance that's equal to other 2018 premium handsets
- Edge Sense is too sensitive
- Boom Sound speakers deliver good audio
- Battery life is mid-range for a premium phone.
- Wireless charging support is a big plus.
- HTC's best phone to date and a great premium competitor.
- Lack of contract options may be a problem for some users.
Pricing and availability
HTC's stylish squeezy smartphone
The HTC U12+ combines an excellent camera with cutting edge design and HTC's unique Edge Sense squeezable sides. Buy yours today!
- HTC only sells the HTC U12+ outright in Australia for $1,199.
HTC U12+ specs
Power, storage and battery
|Display size||6 inches|
|Resolution||1440 x 2880|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||537|
|Rear camera megapixels||12MP + 16MP|
|Rear camera aperture size||f/1.75 + f/2.6|
|Front camera megapixels||8MP + 8MP|
|Front camera aperture size||f/2.0 + f/2.0|
|Dimensions||156.6mm x 73.9mm x 9.7mm|
|Network category speed||Category 18|
|Operating system||Android 8|
|External storage support||Up to 2TB|
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