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HTC U12 – Hands on beauty!

The new flagship smartphone HTC, the HTC U12 +, is ready for the crowd! With this new flagship from HTC, you can finally free yourself from the restrictions of using an ordinary touchscreen phone.

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Smartphones are quite homogeneous nowadays, but HTC is trying to differentiate itself from the crowd with its glass structure and polished finishes. Now, to learn more about this brand-new HTC smartphone, simply read-on and know more about some of its latest features and specs.


IT DOESN’T HAVE ANY MECHANICAL BUTTONS

Take a breath of relief: there is no notch on the HT12 U12 Plus. The notch is a growing trend in Android phones since Apple made it popular on the iPhone X (although yes, the essential thing was the before). After having this feature on more phones like Huawei P20 Pro, OnePlus 6 and LG G7 ThinQ, but it’s exciting to see that this phone model doesn’t jump more on fashion and style. While the frames around the screen are much smaller than those of the HT11 U11, they are not as thin as other modern flagships. Even so, the U12 Plus looks attractive. Exceptionally, it has two front cameras which are quite good.

At the bottom of the phone, there is a USB Type-C charging port, next to a lower power speaker. The speaker works with the top headset to provide stereo sound or as what HTC calls it, the “BoomSound”.

In one turn, the phone buttons, even the volume, are not mechanical at all, which means they do not move when pressed. Instead, they are touch-sensitive like the start button on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7. There are no mechanical buttons on the U12 Plus.

HTC is still using its Liquid Surface design, which she revealed last year. This means that the color variations have been added to the glass layers, allowing to reflect and show slight variations in color if kept in the light. It still looks fantastic, for it comes with these new color options: translucent blue, fire red and black ceramic.


IT HAS AN IMPROVED EDGE SENSE

The edges of the phone are round, which make it comfortable to hold, but the 6-inch screen can be a little difficult to handle. It can be difficult to get to the upper corners. Fortunately, HTC has a practical solution and includes Edge Sense technology that debuted in U11 last year. In addition to short compression and long phone compression, you can now fold twice on either side of the U12 Plus to activate the mode with one hand, which makes the screen content smaller and easier to reach.

The compression actions are performed in the lower half of the phone and work thanks to the sensors on the edge of the phone that can detect the pressure. You can customize the applications you want to open or the actions you want to activate with the three gestures, or you can disable it completely. For example, you can double-click to open the camera, press briefly to start the camera and press to open the favorite messaging application. Google used this same technology in Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, but only to start Google Assistant.

HTC also uses Edge Sense sensors to recognize how it retains it. If you hold the phone in portrait mode and lie down, the screen will not switch to portrait mode. If you keep it in landscape orientation, it will rotate automatically.


SUPER LCD SCREEN

The HTC U11 had a 5.5-inch screen, but the U12 Plus rotated up to 6 inches. However, this does not mean that the new phone is much larger, as the smaller frames make the U12 a little higher than its predecessor.

The highest screen is equivalent to an 18: 9 ratio, a trend with new phones and a resolution of 2,880 x 1,440 pixels. This is a pixel density of 537 pixels per inch and HTC has opted for a Super LCD screen. The screen is colorful and crisp, even if the blacks are not dyed as you might find them on an OLED screen.


PERFORMANCE, SOFTWARE, AND BATTERY

The HTC U12 Plus is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor and comes with 6 GB of RAM. You can choose between 64 GB of internal memory or 128 GB, but there is also a MicroSD card slot to expand it further. No performance problems were detected, for the applications opened up quickly and the transitions were smooth, although it will still need some more intensive tests. Based on the same processor as other phones, there’s do not believe that anyone has problems with the phone’s performance.

The U12 Plus runs Android 8.0 Oreo and HTC has confirmed that it will receive Android P when it will be launched later this year. The software is close to the Android stock, but there are some of HTC’s blooms like Blinkfeed (a collection of personalized news and interests to the left of the main screen).

There is a 3,500 mAh battery in the U12 Plus and is compatible with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology. It is also compatible with Quick Charge 4.0, but you must find a compatible adapter to use the fastest loading speed.


PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

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You can pre-order the Translucent Blue version of the HTC U12 Plus now in 64GB, which costs $800 or 128GB, which costs $850. The Ceramic Black version is also available, but only 64GB. The Fire Red color will be available later this year. U12 Plus is also available for $34 a month for 24 months with a 0% APR. HTC is selling the unlocked phone on its website and on Amazon and the phone is certified to work on AT & T, Verizon, and T-Mobile.

The HTC U12 Plus is on its way to being a good phone that enhances its predecessor in almost every way. But while it is unique in a sense, the U12 Plus does not have a heartbeat function that excites us when you use it, such as triple cameras that some smartphone companies have been planning to unveil anytime soon.

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