HTC U12+ debuts with dual front and rear cameras, Translucent Blue color option

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May has been a big month for Android smartphones with reveals of the LG G7 ThinQ and OnePlus 6, and now another major flagship has been revealed.

The HTC U12+ made its official debut today. One of the highlight features of the U12+ is its cameras, of which there are four. The two rear cameras include a 12MP wide angle UltraPixel 4 camera with fast autofocus, HDR Boost 2, optical image stabilization, and f/1.75 aperture, while the other rear camera is a 16MP shooter with 2x optical zoom and f/2.6 aperture. Around front are dual wide angle 8MP cameras with f/2.0 aperture.

Those cameras have scored pretty well with camera testing firm DxOMark, earning a score of 103. That makes it the second-highest scoring phone in the firm’s rankings, beating out the likes of the Galaxy S9+, Pixel 2, and iPhone X, finishing just behind the Huawei P20 Pro.

Other notable features of the HTC U12+’s cameras include support for bokeh to give you photos a blurry background, AR stickers, and an auto zoom feature that’ll slowly and steadily zoom in while you’re recording video to give you a cinema-like feel.

The HTC U12+ also boasts HTC Edge Sense 2, an upgraded version of the Edge Sense feature found on last year’s HTC U11. In addition to squeezing your phone to launch apps and perform actions, you can now hold your phone and tilt it to lock the screen orientation as well as double tap the side to launch a one-handed mode.

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As with previous flagships, HTC is placing a focus on audio quality with the U12+. HTC says that the U12+ includes its loudest ever BoomSound speakers, and included in the box is a pair of HTC USonic earbuds with Active Noise Cancellation. Also packed inside the U12+ is support for Qualcomm aptX for higher-quality Bluetooth audio.

The spec list of the HTC U12+ is loaded with features that you’d expect from an Android flagship in 2018, like a large screen — a 6-inch 2880×1440 Super LCD6 screen, to be exact— slim bezels, a Snapdragon 845 processor, and 6GB of RAM. There are 64GB and 128GB storage options, and HTC has included a microSD card slot if you need more storage. A 3500mAh battery powers the whole package, and you’ll recharge using USB-C.

There’s a fingerprint reader on the back of the HTC U12+ and support for face unlock on the front of the phone. The U12+ body is IP68-rated for dust and water resistance and includes pressure-sensitive buttons. On the software side, the U12+c runs Android 8.0 Oreo below HTC’s custom Sense user interface, which comes preloaded with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

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The HTC U12+ will be sold unlocked, and while it includes support for LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 12, and 66, unfortunately there’s no LTE band 71 support to be found. Here’s the full wireless support for the U12+:

2G/2.5G GSM/GPRS/EDGE

  • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

3G UMTS

  • AWS/850/900/1900/2100 MHz

4G LTE

  • FDD: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 28, 32, 66
  • TDD: Bands 38, 39, 40, 41

You can now pre-order the HTC U12+, and in the U.S., it’s available in Ceramic Black and Translucent Blue color options. HTC is selling the U12+ for $799 for the 64GB model and $849 for the 128GB version.

The HTC U12+ looks like a solid smartphone. It’s got a simple, attractive design, and it’s not often that you see a see-through color option like the U12+’s Translucent Blue. The bad news for T-Mo customers is that there’s no LTE band 71, and since it’s not being sold by T-Mobile directly, you can’t buy the U12+ using EIP or JOD. HTC does offer its own financing option that’ll get you the U12+ for $34 per month for 24 months.

What do you think of HTC’s newest flagship smartphone?

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  • The Borg

    No band 71, no deal

    • Cam Fas

      Right here with you.For me No band 71 or 4×4 mimo and 256 qam means no phone it’s the basic requirement halfway through 2018.

      • SirStephenH

        This phone does have 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM. Can’t tell if you know that so just throwing it out there.

        I agree that those three things are deal breakers. The stupid thing is that band 71 support is built into the Snapdragon 845 which means HTC actually made the choice to remove support.

  • Lincoln M King

    Was so hoping this would be sold by T-Mobile. The selection of phones has gotten really thin.

  • Zach B.

    Probably one of, if not the best Android phone right now. If T-Mobile sold it with full band support, I’d trade in my Galaxy S9+. I had the U11+ and loved it, but lack of full T-Mobile support had me sell it and get the S9 instead.

  • Daniel Holmstock

    This is where the thing will be DOA, most consumers that I know of and seeing the stats prefer carrier finance then having to buy outside or finance with 2 bills – 1 from carrier and 1 from HTC. This is going to make them fail again. To bad, I would have got this for sure on T-MO but now gonna have to look elsewhere. Plus no band 71 – makes it even more lackluster on the long run with T-Mo.

  • CDavisUnlimited

    Qualcomm LITERALLY built band 71 support into the X20 modem in the Snapdragon 845. There’s no possible excuse that any manufacturer could have for releasing a phone like this without band 71 support. This is why HTC has been steadily going bankrupt for the past 4 years.

    • SirStephenH

      And they don’t even have to add a band 71 antenna because Qualcomm supports band 71 through band 12 antennas. Stupid choice on HTC’s part.

  • steadymobb

    No band 71. $800. No carrier support. No THANKS

  • Bklynman

    Really HTC? $800? When you can get a Honor 10 for $500? Only bad thing about the 10,the
    Chinese will see all of the cat videos I watch from you tube,will see all the zombies I kill,in The Walking Dead game!!!

    • corona10

      They’ll more than likely have discount on their website, just like they do every yr and make it comparable with the Galaxy and iphone devices, probably cheaper. The U11 was.

      • Bklynman

        Still,didn’t do deep check,was on Phone Area,was checking out the New Sony phones they were way less than HTC,so was the new Nokias.
        HTC for some reason like to shoot them self’s in the foot.

        • corona10

          U12+ isnt a midrange device. So its gonna cost.

        • Bklynman

          The Sony’s and Nokia I saw was not midrange either,I would not call the Honor 10 midrange either,not for no $500.00

        • corona101

          Using mediatek cpus. Mid-range.

  • pda96

    No Band 71??? HTC’s incompetence has reached a new high.

  • james

    No band 71 or not threw TMobile so no go totally would get the phone but ohh well

  • bkat11

    HARD PASS

  • TheRealKingSen

    Sounded good till the price and tmobile not carrying it. Wish tmobile would have a better selection of phones. They pretty much are happy just selling Samsung and Apple phones it seems like

    • pda96

      So let me understand this…You only want TMO to carry this phone so that you can get on the payment plan, right? It’s not for some other reasons?

      • TheRealKingSen

        Read the last 2 sentences

  • SirStephenH

    No band 71 support despite it being built into the Snapdragon 845 and it being able to use existing band 12 antennas

    The main camera is the wide angle, not the telephoto so you’ll have to deal with distortion in order to use it’s features

    Not sold through T-Mobile

    PASS…

  • rkhoward86

    I was really looking forward to this phone. I have been waiting So i could buy a HTC phone with band 71. I would have preferred a head phone jack. I wonder if they can add band 71 with software update?

  • warpwiz

    I have had the HTC Ultra for about a year. I was hot for the highly rated camera. It’s an OK phone, but that’s all. HTC’s support is lagging. I get monthly security updates from Verizon on my company phone. I’ve had 2-3 updates (including upgrade to Oreo) since last July. Speaking of Oreo, the phone is not happy with it. Reception is worse, lots of latency in functions.
    Band 71 will likely be irrelevant to me since TMo must think we have nuclear waste near our area of the U.S. We get bypassed frequently when upgrades get passed around – always last on the list for those that do make it. And I live within 20 miles of where TMo started as Powertel. But I digress.
    If you’re interested in the new phone, take a wait-and-see position for more feedback. $0.02

  • kyle bonham

    Without carrier support it simply doesn’t matter just like the one plus.