After what seems like an endless stream of leaks the HTC U12+ has finally been officially announced! The kind of bummer part about seeing leaks of a phone before it’s actually released is it makes the official announcement a bit anticlimactic. There are a few things we didn’t technically know from the leak I posted a day or so ago. Here’s a quick look at the specs before we jump into that.
- 6″ Quad HD+ LCD (18:9 ratio)
- Snapdragon 845
- 12MP and 16MP Rear cameras
- Dual 8MP Front cameras
- 4k video at 60fps
- HTC Edge Sense 2
- 6GB RAM
- 64/128GB Storage with support for up to a 2TB Micro SD
- IP68 Water Resistance
- 3500mAh Battery
Now that we got all the specs out of the way let’s take a look at the design of the phone. The funny thing is even though this phone looks fantastic there is one huge omission for me. There is no headphone jack. I mean, I knew it was coming, I’ll just never like the fact that the majority of OEM’s will not put the headphone jack on a phone. That aside the rest of the phone looks amazing. I’ve seen their liquid surface design in person and it looks phenomenal, the translucence is just plain cool. I mean who doesn’t want to see the inside of their device, well without breaking it anyway.
Outside of that, there’s EdgeSense 2. There are sensors on the sides of the phone that will let you use squeeze type gestures to do certain things on the phone. It is customizable so you can set a light squeeze to turn on and off the flashlight, tight can open the camera. If you double tap on the side you can put the U12+ in one hand mode, this sort of shrinks the screen so it is easier to type one-handed.
They are toting the rear cameras as the highest rated dual camera setup. If you care about tests and benchmarks then you’ll be happy to know that this setup scored a 103 on DxOMark. The focus should be pretty good and theoretically, this phone should take some pretty good pictures. In all honesty, this phone will probably take some good pictures. With HDR Boost pictures should really pop. It seems like the real pass or fail test is low light, I’m sure we’ll see how that fares in the upcoming days/weeks.
I’ll start with the bad, at least to me. I don’t like the whole one front-facing speaker and one bottom firing speaker. If you’re going to give me a front-facing speaker then just make it two. You know this one is coming. No headphone jack. I know I said it before in this article, but I have to mention it again. Ok, now that is out of the way, let’s get to the good. It seems HTC is including the USonic headphones again which is actually a good thing. I had the pleasure of trying these out on the U Ultra and they actually sounded pretty good. I would love to hear how the active noise canceling fares.
The in-box HTC USonic earbuds feature advanced Active Noise Cancellation that works automatically. They continuously monitor environmental sound levels and quickly adjust to compensate for new noises or disturbances.
Pair that with the Hi-Res Audio certification and these promise to be some of the best sounding headphones ever included with a phone. They could almost make me forgive them for ditching the headphone jack. The BoomSound speakers should sound pretty good. The bottom firing should take care of the most of the low end, and the front facing should take care of the treble.
Currently, you can pre-order this phone through HTC’s website for $800 or $850 depending if you get the 64GB or 128GB version of the phone. There is no mention of when the phone will actually ship though. Price will be this phones biggest hurdle. There’s a lot to like about the U12+, but for a company that is really trying to regain customers, they really needed to get the price lower. I honestly think if they could have priced this phone under $700 they would have a real winner on their hands.
What do you guys think? Are all the features of the U12+ worth the asking price? What about the upcoming Red Hydrogen One? Or even the Note 9? You could save a few hundred and grab the OnePlus 6. Where do your thoughts/hearts lie? Let us know in the comments!