HTC U12+ review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

HTC U12+ review

Quick verdict

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

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 U12+ at a glance
When did the HTC U12+ come out? HTC started selling the HTC U12+ in Australia from the end of July 2018.
What’s new about the HTC U12+? Snapdragon 845, 18:9 display
How much does the HTC U12+ cost? $1,199

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, so quite why it's a "plus" model is a matter for the marketing folk rather than a defining characteristic of the handset.


  • 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

  • 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 U12+

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.
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OS Android 8
Display size (inches) 6
Display resolution (pixels) 2880 x 1440
Pixels per inch (PPI) 537
Processor Snapdragon 845
Height (mm) 156.6
Width (mm) 73.9
Depth (mm) 9.7
Weight (g) 188
Battery size (mAh) 3,500
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 128GB
MicroSD expansion 2TB
Fingerprint scanner Yes
Water resistance IP68
Rear camera (1) resolution 12
Rear camera (1) aperture f/1.75
Rear camera (2) resolution 16
Rear camera (2) aperture f/2.6
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 8
Front camera (1) aperture f/2.0
Front camera (2) resolution 8
Front camera (2) aperture f/2.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 18
NFC support Yes
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Updated February 17th, 2019
Name Product Display size Display resolution Internal storage Battery size More info
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Alex Kidman

Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and

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