HTC U12 Plus Review

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HTC U12 Plus Review

The good The HTC U12 Plus lets you customize its squeezable sides to launch any app. It has a fast processor, good cameras and is water-resistant.

The bad Its “fake” side buttons are tiring to use. Photos required too much editing to make good. Battery life is mediocre for a battery this size. There’s no headphone jack.

The bottom line While the HTC U12 Plus is one of the most unusual phones you can buy, it lacks the refinement to truly compete against Samsung, LG and OnePlus.

HTC U12 Plus Review

Battery life: We expected better

A Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor makes the U12 Plus one of the speediest phones there is. It went neck and neck with the Galaxy S9 phones and LG G7 ThinQ in our battery of benchmarking tests, and in real life, it handled tasks like a pro.

No surprise it lags when processing photos, uploading or downloading images or playing resource-intensive games like Riptide GP Renegade.

Battery life was another story. The 3,500mAh battery is larger than those on the Galaxy S9, LG G7 and OnePlus 6, but it seemed to drain quickly, both in our looping video test in airplane mode and in real-world observation. The U12 Plus ran out of steam at just over 12 hours of continuous video playback. By comparison, the other phones mentioned above spooled video for between 15 and 17 hours on a single charge.

This is a phone you’ll absolutely need to power up daily, and keep an eye on if you’re going to be out late at night, lest you’re forced to invoke one of the phone’s two battery saving modes.

HTC has got a surprise package in the form of HTC U12+, for their fans. The U12+ has got the aluminum frame on its sides while the solid thick layer of Gorilla Glass 5 is there to make its front and back scratch proof and help to save the device from screen smashes. It has also got the IP68 certificate which ensures that the phone can stay underwater for almost 30 minutes.

The device comes up with a massive 6-inch Super LCD6 capacitive touchscreen giving a sharper and brighter display at every angle. To protect the smartphone from misuse or theft, HTC U12+ has got a very efficient fingerprint scanner which is rear-mounted.

HTC’s new U12 Plus (styled U12+ by HTC themselves) has completely eliminated physical buttons. It has spots on its sides that resemble volume and power buttons, but they’re really just pressure-sensitive bumps that make a clicky vibration when you push ‘em. If the lack of buttons sounds strange, you should know that HTC made the sides of its phone pressure sensitive, too. You can squeeze it to open apps or perform actions like zooming on a map.

It’s fun to see a phone maker experiment with new concepts, and it’s hard not to root for HTC, one of the smartphone pioneers. But, sometimes change for the sake of change turns ugly—this time, the price of said change was my sanity.

Under Pressure

The U12 Plus never behaves. It’s tricksy like those hobbitses—always up to something. Sometimes the screen shuts off when I pick it up, or the camera app springs to life on its own. Other times I’ll successfully unlock it and accidentally shut the screen off again.

It gets up to the most mischief when it’s in my pocket. Without fail, if I’m walking around it will somehow unlock itself and start doing something nefarious. I’ve gotten used to feeling that annoying vibration, telling me that I need to turn my phone’s screen off again. For a while I had convinced myself that it has changed its ways. What I didn’t realize was that the phone had yet again gone rogue, slipping into its silent mode.

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HTC U12 Plus Prices

Build
OS Android V8.1 Oreo
UI HTC Sense UI
Dimensions 156.6 x 73.9 x 8.7 mm
Weight 188 g
SIM Hybrid Dual SIM, Dual Standby, (Nano-SIM)
Colors Black
Frequency
2G Band SIM1: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
SIM2: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Band HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Band LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 13(700), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700), 32(1500), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), 66(1700/2100)
Processor
CPU Octa-core (4 x 2.6 GHz Kryo 385 Gold + 4 x 1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
Chipset Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
GPU Adreno 630
Display
Technology Super LCD6 Capacitive Touchscreen, 16M Colors, Multitouch
Size 6.0 Inches
Resolution 1440 x 2880 Pixels (~537 PPI)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Extra Features DCI-P3 + HDR10 compliant
Memory
Built-in 64/128GB Built-in, 6GB RAM
Card microSD Card, (supports up to 400GB) (uses SIM 2 slot)
Camera
Main Dual 12 MP (f/1.8, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 16 MP (f/2.6), Phase detection + laser autofocus, dual-LED dual-tone flash
Features OIS, 2x optical zoom, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama, Video (2160p@60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, HDR, 24-bit/192kHz stereo sound rec)
Front Dual 8 MP (f/2.0), 1080p, HDR, panorama
Connectivity
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth v5.0 with A2DP, LE, HD, apt-X
GPS Yes + A-GPS support & Glonass, BDS, GALILEO
USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
NFC Yes
Data GPRS, Edge, 3G (HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps), 4G (LTE-A (6CA) Cat18 1200/150 Mbps)
Features
Sensors Accelerometer, Compass, Fingerprint (rear mounted), Gyro, Proximity
Audio 3.5mm Audio Jack, 32-bit/384kHz audio, MP4/H.264 player, MP3/eAAC+/WAV player, Speaker Phone
Browser HTML5
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Games Built-in + Downloadable
Torch Yes
Extra Front/back glass + aluminum frame, IP68 certified – dust/water proof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins), Pressure-sensitive buttons, Document editor, Photo/video editor
Battery
Capacity (Li-ion Non removable) 3500 mAh
– Fast battery charging: 50% in 35 min (Quick Charge 3.0), Qi wireless charging
Price
Price in Rs. Rs. 112,999 PKR
Price in USD $1084.13 USD

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