HTC U12+ with 6-inch QHD+ Display, 3D Liquid Glass Back, and Snapdragon 845 Chipset Announced

BY Rajesh Pandey

Published 23 May 2018

HTC today unveiled its 2018 flagship handset, the U12+. The phone is filled to the brim with almost every possible feature you can think of — barring the headphone jack.

The U12+ features the same design that HTC first debuted with the U11 and then refined with the U11+ last year. This means you get a 3D liquid glass design at the back which gives it a very unique look and feel. While there are plenty of other phones in the market featuring a glass back, only a few of them stand out like the U12+ does. HTC has also managed to reduce the bezel by 1mm, with the overall phone being smaller than the U11+ by 1.9mm.

However, with a 6-inch QHD+ (2280 x 1440) SLCD6 18:9 display at the front, the U12+ is not a small phone by any means. Thankfully, notch haters will be pleased to know that HTC has not jumped on the notch bandwagon with the U12+.

As seen on the U11 and U11+, there’s Edge Sense on the U12+ as well. It can recognize long and short squeeze which can be customized for different actions. And you can even set per-app squeeze action. Interestingly, HTC has also ditched the physical power button. Instead, they are pressure sensitive similar to what Apple did with the Touch ID button on the iPhone 7.

The U12+ includes a primary 12MP f/1.75 aperture shooter at its rear accompanied by a secondary 16MP f/2.6 telephoto sensor. Both sensors feature OIS as well.  At the front, you get dual 8MP f/2.0 sensors. HTC is really proud of the rear cameras of the U12+ as they achieve a DxOMark score of 103 — higher than the likes of the Google Pixel 2 and the iPhone X.

Other specs of the U12+ include 64/128GB of storage space, microSD card slot, W-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB-C connectivity, a fingerprint scanner at the rear, and BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset running at 2.8GHz, 6GB RAM, and it is powered by a 3500mAh battery along with fast charging and wireless charging. The handset will be available in Translucent Blue, Ceramic Black, and Flame Red colors.

HTC will not be launching the U12+ on any of the major carriers in the United States. If interested, you will have to buy the handset outright from Amazon or through HTC. It goes up for pre-order on May 23. The U12+ will work on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon’s network, with only Sprint support missing.