Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

HTC looks to turn its luck around with the new U12 Plus

HTC looks to turn its luck around with the new U12 Plus

Most of the smartphone OEMs have switched to OLED panels for their new phones. Instead, HTC is focusing on bringing you innovations you can actually feel. It features an internal storage of 128 GB.

However, Edge Sense has been tweaked a bit for the HTC U12, as for example a new double-tap option makes it easier to use with one hand. The side view of the phone suggests that it could be sporting a thicker profile. HTC's phones have always had dimmer screens, which can be a problem in bright sunlight. Besides, you can squeeze the smartphone to access Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. It also further refines the feature that lets you "squeeze" the phone to do certain things, like zooming in on maps or snapping pics. Meaning you'll get the same 6-inch Super LCD6 display which now supports HDR 10 and DCI-P3. IP68 certification is also on the spec list. The almost $1,000 smartphone does come with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal memory, so HTC may launch cheaper versions with less memory inside. Even in a crowded marketplace, slick design and some clever hardware helps the new phone stand out, hopefully appealing to more than just the HTC-faithful in the process. This time it's a pair of 8-megapixel sensors, each with f/2.0 optics and 84-degree wide-angle lenses. The aim is to have better portrait shots and improved face recognition. Some video recording features include Sonic Zoom, Audio Boost, 3D Audio recording with four microphones, 8 megapixel still photos while recording 4K video, OIS+EIS, High-quality audio recording, 96kHz, 24bit, Hyperlapse, AR Stickers etc. It can also use a "short squeeze" as well as a "squeeze and hold" for more functionality by activating the advanced touch mode. Given that the U11 benefited from an excellent camera, we expect the U12+ to be able to produce some stellar results. The phone's reasonable 3,500mAh battery supports Quick Charge 3.0.

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HTC was once one of the best & most popular smartphone manufacturers, but due to the mistakes made in the past few years, the company is now struggling to get back the same spot. Translucent Blue can be pre-ordered starting today for $799 (64GB) or $849 (128GB), and Ceramic Black for $799 (64GB). HTC says that won't be part of the United States launch, though suggests the finish will be introduced as an option later in the year. This places it between the Huawei P20 Pro (with an overall score of 106) and the Huawei P20 (with an overall score of 102).

The new product there is no headphone Jack, and U12+ still does not support wireless charging, despite the fact that the smartphone has a pane of glass.

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