HTC U12+ - Hands on Review, Full phone specifications & Price

HTC U12 Plus Review

HTC redefined the flagship smartphones with U12+

Mobile Phone date May 29, 2018 Akash Singh Chauhan

MSRP $ 799.00


  • The liquid surface glass back design is amazing
  • Dual camera at rear and front are excellent
  • The high-end hardware support makes phone super fast


  • The camera is a bit slow
  • No notch display
  • The battery has been reduced to 3500 mAh



HTC has finally revealed its longtime awaited HTC U12 + that the company was teasing about so long now. The phone was launched by the tech giant on 23rd May after teasing for almost a month about the new addition to its powerful devices. U12+ finally came out as we expected with the enhanced specs and glass back design.

There were some rumors and leaks came out to the surface recently about HTC U12+ that has already revealed a lot. However, HTC itself made one mistake to leaked the details on its official website one day prior to the launch during the testing. With this new smartphone, HTC has proven that it is not among the trend followers instead it sets new ones for others. The dual rear camera lens smartphone doesn't have any notch but that doesn't restrained it from becoming the best phone of 2018 till date. With the Moto G6 in line that will be coming on June 4 and OnePlus 6 already available in the market lets see what this HTC’s flagship smartphone offers.

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HTC U12+ Design

HTC tried really hard in making its flagship smartphone the best looking phone of 2018. Somewhere the company manages to attain its aim with the design, HTC U12+ looks amazing.

HTC U12+ design

The liquid surface design with the glass back that also enables the wireless charging makes U12+ look nothing less than a unique device in your hand. The front comes with a bezel-less screen that will capture all your attention and also provided with an IP68 for protection against the water and dust.

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U12+ is big but quite comfortable to hold in the hand without any problem. The 8.7mm thickness of the HTC U 12 Plus makes the phone sleeker compared to other flagship phones available right now. Despite of being big and coming with the metallic frame the phone doesn't seem to be heavy as it weighs only 188gm.

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HTC U12+ Display

The latest smartphone from HTC seems to be breaking all the previous stereotype about the company. In order to challenge the smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S9 and iPhone X, the company has given the latest hardware support to HTC 12 Plus. The smartphone sports a 6 inches Super LCD 6 display that has the QHD+ resolution and comes with 18:9 aspect ratio.

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The phone’s display has given HDR10 compatibility that means you will be getting an epic experience with phone’s screen that also comes with DCI-P3 and sRGB color space coverage. However, prior to the launch and confirmed rumours about the U12+ specs, we were expecting an OLED display from HTC but somewhere we knew that the company will restrain itself from the latest trend such as a notch. Yes, HTC U12+ does not come with the popular iPhone like ‘notch’ in the front. In order to compensate the absence of notch HTC tried to make the bezel as minimum as possible for the full-screen front experience.

HTC U12+ Specs And Features

The hardware support of U12+ is something that we all excited about and the company was teasing by quoting “the phone is more than a sum of its components”. HTC U12+ took the U series to a whole new level with latest components including dual rear camera and the latest chipset.


With U11 the company launched a 12MP sharpshooter that was powerful enough to take the fine images. However, shortly after it was launched the dual rear camera trend made it outdated in the market. This time with U12+, HTC will be entering into the dual rear camera competition. Now, the HTC flagship smartphone specs includes a 12MP lens and a 16MP secondary lens that act as a telephoto module for 2X zoom and the famous bokeh effect.

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The rear camera orientation in the vertical position that is aligned with a dual LED flash for high-quality images. In addition, the front camera of U12+ also comes with a dual 8MP lens that offers the features like panorama and HDR.


HTC U12+ is another flagship smartphone that uses the most powerful chipset of 2018, that means it is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. The smartphone comprises an octa-core CPU, with 4x2.7GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7GHz Kryo 385 Silver processor. The processing unit of the phone has been coupled with a 6GB RAM and comes with minimum 64GB of internal storage which is expandable. The powerful specs makes U12+ exceptionally fast and smooth to work on. You won't feel even a glitch of millisecond while switching between the apps.

The high-resolution graphics games work great on the phone even if you select the settings to the top resolution support. The overall experience while exploring the phone was great and it does not show technical issue or didn't get slowed down. Along with this, U12+ comes with a 3500 mAh battery that is smaller than the HTC U11+, which owns a 3930 mAh non-removable battery.

The Edge Sense Is Back

Yes, the squeezable side has been returned to the HTC flagship smartphone for the users. The HTC Edge Sense 2.0 is the feature from HTC smartphones that let you access an app that you would like to open without unlocking the phone.

edge sense

You just need to squeeze the sides of the phone it will open the app or desired option for you. However, for most of us squeezing the phone doesn't seem natural, so the company has added a sensitivity level to manage the amount of pressure needs to squeeze the sides for triggering the feature.

Early Verdict

HTC U12 + comes with all possible latest specs except the ‘notch’ display. But, we still like the phone very much as it looks like, great features and components wrapped in a very attractive package. The smartphone is the best work from HTC comparing to the flagship smartphones it launched till date.

The rear dual camera works well and capable of competing with the top-notch flagship smartphones. In our opinion, the phone deserves all the hype at it comprises a high-end specs that performs up to the mark. The images taken from the dual rear camera and the front camera are justifying the price of the HTC U12 +. In addition, the smartphone runs on the latest Android Oreo 8.0 that is overlaid by the HTC Sense for better user experience. However we need some more time to thoroughly examined the device and come up with detailed HTC 12+ review, so stay tuned for more.

Where to buy: MSRP $799.00

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Akash Singh Chauhan

Akash Singh Chauhan is a senior writer at MobileAppDaily and he mainly covers all the latest happenings and tweaks in mobile app technology. Being an Engineering graduate he is always compelled to the technology and tries to discover new trends in the tech world. Along with any tech news he also never misses a single episode of ‘Dragon Ball’.

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