The HTC U12 Plus has suffered an especially leak-riddled buildup to its announcement today. And HTC, which can’t exactly hold its collective head up high and declare that the U12+ was the best-kept secret in the world of smartphones. However, thanks to that it is now official from HTC.
The HTC U12+ has officially been launched, confirming pretty much everything that we already knew about it. This Android-powerhouse smartphone is definitely going to capture a lot of attention due to its aesthetic and product design.
Smartphones aren’t all about the physical, rather rely heavily on the technical specification and whether or not it can get the job done and compete with other smartphones on the market. From that view, would-be U12+ owners will be looking at a device with a 6-inch Quad HD+ Super LCD 6 (2880 x 1440) display. But, if you’ve been keeping abreast of the leaks, then you already knew that was coming.
You know that the U12+ is IP68-rated for water and dust resistance, though. The hardware will offer a dual-camera system on both the front and rear of the device and also, will offer the usual legendary HTC sound thanks to the BoioomSound speakers. Well, you’ve seen the images that show the absence of a screen notch and a headphone jack. It has been guessed that HTC would bring a new version of Edge Sense, it’s system for squeezing the phone to perform various actions. It also relies on HTC’s pressure-sensitive tech for the side buttons, which are now fixed in place and provide haptic feedback instead of being mechanical.
Like iPhones and most other Android devices these days, the HTC U12+ does away with the 3.5mm headphone jack, unlikely, it does not even come with what appears to be the now accepted notched design at the top of the screen. In fact, HTC has introduced a new revamped Edge Sense system which allows a user to perform specific actions on the side of the device.
When compared to the U11+, the U12 Plus has a smaller battery, a 3,500mAh offering, but that’s to be expected considering we have a less bulky handset which is more pleasing to the touch. The design of the hardware is definitely of the more appealing ones to launch in recent times, but it’s really the stunning nature and ability of the camera system which will get consumers excited more about what HTC is bringing to the market with its flagship U12+.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor is predictably at the heart of the HTC U12+. accompanied by 6GB of RAM and at least ships with 64GB of expandable storage. Those purchasing in the US, Canada, or China will have the option of a 128GB variant. Deal here is the new HTC flagship U12+ have the microSD slot available, which supports cards up to 2TB in size.
Furthermore, the handset sports a Translucent Blue color option that gives you a glimpse of what all is running behind the scenes. You can also choose from the Flame Red or Ceramic Black – of course, as your preferences. The software, based on Android 8.0, is otherwise broadly unchanged, HTC is redoubling its efforts to offer a choice of digital assistants, with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa preloaded on the U12+. In China, they’ve replaced with Baidu Assistant.
The HTC U12+ goes up for pre-order today for $799 with 64GB or $849 with 128GB of storage in the US. Pricing in Europe is set at €799 / £699 for the 64GB variant (no bigger storage option available), while in Canada the U12 Plus will cost C$1,099 with 64GB or C$1,169 with 128GB. Its shipments are expected to begin sometime in the middle of June in the US, with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon offering separate plans for customers using their network in the region.
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