Today we have the review of new HTC U12 Plus. HTC again presented a smartphone whose housing is sensitive to pressure.
This simplifies one-hand operation enormously. Also away from Edge Sense 2, the HTC U12 Plus has a lot to offer.
It has the current top equipment, has a great camera setup and is waterproof. We had the opportunity to take a closer look at the HTC U12 Plus in the test.
HTC U12 Plus: Specifications
|HTC U12 Plus:||Specs|
|Display:||6.00 inches Super LCD with 1440 x 2880 pixels|
|CPU:||Snapdragon 845 Octa Core 2.8GHz|
|Memory extension:||up to 2TB|
|Cameras:||12.0MP + 16.0MP main and 8.0MP + 8.0MP front camera|
|Connectivity:||802.11 B / G / N / AC (2.4Ghz/5GHz),3G, 4G, Bluetooth 5.0, and GPS|
|Battery:||3500mAh (Quick Charge 3.0)|
|Connections:||USB Type-C and TF card slot|
|Dimensions:||158.5 x 74.9 x 8.5 mm|
HTC U12 Plus: Design and Appearance
The HTC U12 Plus in our analisis is not really small. Its 6-inch display, it is currently one of the larger smartphones on the market.
The device is also wider in width. People with small hands can therefore hardly cover the U12 Plus.
But HTC has come up with something special to simplify the one-hand operation.
A pressure-sensitive housing and a new interface called Edge Launcher. Detailed details can be found below in the review of U12 Plus.
Visually, the HTC U12 Plus has changed significantly compared to its predecessor the HTC U11.
On the one hand, the new smartphone now comes with a full-view display in 18: 9 format.
On the other hand, there is a dual camera on the back. Also, the side parts of the HTC U12 Plus have a new design.
Instead of mechanical buttons, which are common in smartphones, the manufacturer relies on sensory buttons.
This has the advantage that the frame of the smartphone in the key area does not have to be cut out.
The buttons are part of the frame, which significantly increases the stability. They respond to light touch with a short vibration feedback.
In the beginning, it takes a bit of getting used to, but we were able to cope with it quickly in the review.
Coarser blemishes in processing do not afford HTC. That’s a good thing since the U12 Plus offers protection against water and dust according to IP68.
In handling, the tactile contours of the frame are noticeable. Here HTC does not rely on rounded transitions, but rather on more contours.
The glass surface shows the typical problem of fingerprints, which stick only too fast.
To achieve a shimmering color change, the manufacturer colored the different glass layers differently.
In addition to the red version, the HTC U12 Plus is also available in classic black the color of our review sample.
A special feature is a version Dark Slate Blue. The blue HTC phone has a back that is semi-transparent. This allows parts of the camera, the fingerprint sensor, and the motherboard to be viewed from the inside. All three colors are available directly at the market launch.
The HTC U12 Plus in the test has a modern design and is overall well made. The case is not only pressure sensitive but also waterproof.
It lasts up to 30 minutes in up to 1.5 meters of deep, clear water without being damaged.
The glass back shimmers depending on the light but is also susceptible to streaks. For the metal frame is particularly stable, since HTC has dispensed with mechanical buttons.
HTC U12 Plus: Display
The screen of the HTC U12 Plus has a diagonal of 6.0 inches and resolutions of 1440 x 2880 pixels.
Typical for a luxury-class smartphone from this year, HTC uses the U12 Plus on the 18: 9 format.
However, there is no Notch. Because the part at the upper edge of the display is needed for the two front cameras. For this, the screen offers HDR-10 support.
The display was high in contrast and stable in viewing angle, but with a very oblique view of the screen, the display is slightly darker.
We did not recognize individual pixels. The color representation has convinced. Colors are displayed naturally and not overly coated.
Among other things of HTC U12 Plus in the analisis, this is due to the use of super-LCD technology, where the sharpness and contrast compared to regular LCD screens have been improved again.
After the display is turned off, the display switches to Always-on mode. Information such as the time, messages received, the battery level and the date are displayed on the black screen in white text.
HTC U12 Plus: Hardware and Performance
Technically, the HTC U12 Plus leaves nothing to be desired. On the phone, the Snapdragon 845 works together with 6 GB of RAM.
The processor consists of a total of eight cryo-cores, which are divided into a power-efficient cluster with four Cortex-A55 cores up to 1.8 GHz and a powerful cluster with four Cortex-A75 cores up to 2.8 GHz are.
Special AI features that are used in many competing devices are not available on the HTC U12 Plus in the review.
The powerful station wagon ensures a high performance, which is hardly exhausted in everyday life.
Both the AnTuTu and Geekbench benchmarks show very similar results. Minor deviations are normal and can be recorded under measurement fluctuations.
All in all, the values are at an upper level and give the HTC U12 Plus a very solid performance.
HTC has equipped its new smartphone with 64 GB of memory. With a micro-SD card, this can be extended by up to 2 TB – if at some time memory cards with such a capacity are available.
If you want to transfer data without cables, you can do this via NFC or Bluetooth 5.0. For streaming content to other devices, the HTC U12 Plus supports Miracast, DLNA, AirPlay, and HTC Connect.
HTC U12 Plus: Software
HTC ships the U12 Plus with Android 8.0 Oreo. The manufacturer promises an update to Android 9 P, which Google will make official in the fall.
The HTC U12 Plus in our test comes with some pre-installed apps. These include Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram, but also the sports app Under Armor Record, Zoe Video Editor, News Republic and the HTC apps Viveport and HTC Alexa.
The apps can only be deactivated, but not completely uninstall. That’s a shame because the applications consume space even when users do not need them.
From the 64 GB of internal memory, the start is good 15 GB occupied. Thus, users have just under 49 GB of memory at leisure.
There are several ways to secure the system. First, you have the classic backup methods pin, password and pattern available.
On the other hand, there is a fingerprint sensor on the back. This was easy to reach in the test without accidentally touching the camera.
In addition, the HTC phone supports Face Unlock. Although this method is not as secure as the fingerprint, HTC was able to increase security at least slightly. Because the dual camera on the front scans the face with a triangle calculation.
HTC U12 Plus: Edge Sense 2
An innovation that is not immediately apparent is Edge Sense 2. Like the HTC U11, the HTC U12 Plus can be operated via the pressure-sensitive housing.
However, Edge Sense 2 is based on a slightly different hardware basis than Edge Sense and therefore can not be re-delivered to the HTC U11 via an update.
Instead of clicking on the touch screen, it is sufficient to squeeze the housing slightly. The required pressure strength can be adjusted in the settings under “Edge Sense”.
HTC wants to simplify the one-hand operation. The U12 Plus detects both the single press and the double press of the frame.
In addition, a slight double-tipping and the pressing and holding of the frame can be activated as a gesture.
The Edge Launcher is a circular launcher that includes shortcuts to the most popular apps. More apps can be added via the plus icon.
The “app-carousel” can be positioned either on the left or right on the screen and is rotatable. The one-handed control with the thumb worked very well in the test.
The frame of the HTC U12 Plus is sensitive to pressure and thus enables a special kind of operation.
Pressing the smartphone or tapping the frame will launch previously-programmed apps or features.
HTC U12 Plus: Connectivity
As befits a top-of-the-range smartphone, the HTC U12 Plus in the test transmits via Wi-Fi ac both in the 2.4 GHz and the 5 GHz band.
With UMTS / HSPA +, mobile data rates of up to 42 Mbps are possible, while in the LTE network the smartphone even reaches up to 1.2 Gbps.
The latter values do not (yet) apply to Germany. In Germany, the networks for such high data rates are currently not designed.
About LTE can be with the HTC U12 Plus also call (VoLTE), if the network operator supports this. The same applies to telephone calls via WLAN (Wifi Calling).
Standard phone calls over 3G worked flawlessly in the test. Both interlocutors understood each other without problems.
It helps that the filters that remove noise in the noisy environment, the HTC U12 Plus perform very well.
HTC U12 Plus: Cameras
The HTC U12 Plus brings two dual cameras. On the front, there are two sensors with 8 megapixels each with f/2.0 aperture.
This allows you to take selfies with the depth of field (bokeh effect), where the background is blurred.
In portrait mode, unfortunately, can not zoom, that could be a small drawback. In addition, by default, a beauty mode is set, which softens the face.
However, this can be deactivated and individual improvements added – such as smoothness, brightness, and a face optimizer.
The flashlight is the display, which lights up briefly when needed and thereby illuminates the face.
Also on the back, there is a dual camera. A sensor takes pictures in the wide-angle format with up to 12 megapixels.
The aperture has a size of f/1.75 and also an optical image stabilizer (OIS) is ready to support.
HTC relies on the well-known UltraPixel in the fourth generation of the main sensor. UltraPixels are larger than normal camera pixels and can, therefore, capture much more light.
The second sensor offers 16 megapixels and can do without UltraPixel and OIS. This is a telephoto lens.
The camera app of the HTC U12 Plus in the analisis self-explanatory and easy to use. During long photo sessions, the smartphone gets slightly warm, but the heat development is still within reasonable limits.
However, the dual camera needs a lot of power, which has also been shown in our test in the measurement of battery performance.
For the taken with the HTC U12 Plus photos can be seen. The bokeh effect works as it should and blurs the background, but without affecting the subject in the foreground.
The pictures are rich in contrasts and the color mood as it really is. Nothing is artificially illuminated here.
HTC U12 Plus: Audio
Like its predecessor, the HTC U12 Plus again has BoomSound on both speakers. However, their sound quality should have been improved by 50 percent.
Also, indeed we were positively surprised by the sound output of such a small device. HTC not only uses a speaker on the lower frame but also turns on the speaker of the earpiece.
This is now done by many manufacturers. However, the sound output of the HTC U12 Plus is much richer.
The upper speaker does not sound as thin as many other devices but convinces with a full sound at high volume.
Paired with the lower speaker, this results in a true stereo experience. In general, the sound with clear highs, for a smartphone sufficient bass and a high volume score.
HTC U12 Plus: Battery
The HTC U12 Plus has 3500 mAh battery was firmly installed in the housing. Thanks to Quick Charge 3.0, it can be recharged half full in about 35 minutes with the supplied power adapter. Wireless charging by induction is not supported.
Since the battery capacity says little about the actual runtime, the HTC U12 Plus had to go through our battery test course.
This consists of an eight-hour intensive use with half an hour of Internet use via the Chrome browser, social networks like Facebook, the streaming of HD videos and music as well as playing Mario Run and the use of the camera.
The intensive use is followed by 16 hours of standby, during which the HTC U12 Plus is occasionally picked up for a quick glimpse.
HTC U12 Plus: Conclusions and Reviews
The HTC U12 Plus in our review offers extensive features paired with a modern look. Above all Edge Sense 2, and the extensive camera equipment leaves much scope for discoveries.
From a technical point of view, the HTC U12 Plus is very well equipped. Snapdragon 845 with 6 GB of RAM and LTE Cat.18 – we need hardly say more at this point.
Also on Bluetooth 5.0 and VoLTE and Wifi Calling must not be waived. The audio qualities of the smartphone, as well as the performance of the camera, were particularly convincing in the test.
Photos with both the dual front camera and the dual main camera succeed with a very good quality.
HTC U12 Plus: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
So you can already buy a clean phone HTC U12 Plus at a price of $ 999.99. In this phone there are all the flagship functions and not only, such as Edge Sense 2 and others, so we recommend the phone to buy.