HTC released their latest flagship model, the HTC U12+, in May and it has been very well received and reviewed since then.
Many of it’s specifications were leaked before the official release, but the top of the range device still lived up to the hype. Why has it been so well liked by critics and users? Let’s take a look at some of the features that you might not have known about to find out!
HTC have put a lot of power into the photography capabilities, with the U12+ coming in at 2nd on dxomark’s mobile camera rankings, very close behind the Huwei P20 Pro. With built in 2x optical zoom and the ability to record 4K video footage at 60 fps you’ll be able to capture stunning photographs and videos that would look at home on a cinema screen, never mind in the palm of your hand. The U12+ also carries the latest Snapdragon chip, providing plenty of power for image processing, and with the phone supporting the RAW image file format in its pro photography mode, you can be sure that you won’t be losing any image quality.
- Dual cameras – On the Front and Back
The quality of the camera’s doesn’t stop there, as the U12+ features dual cameras on both the front and back of the device. This allows for “portrait mode” or bokeh style photos, where the target of the picture is in super sharp focus, with the background stylishly blurred, giving not just your pictures of others but even your selfies that professional shine.
- Higher PPI than the iPhone X
The HTC U12+’s screen has a resolution of 1440x2880 pixels, giving it a PPI (pixels per inch) of 537 – that’s 17% more PPI than Apple’s iPhone X and at a considerably lower price point!
- HTC Edge Sense 2
While you might be used to smartphones having several buttons on their sides, often for volume control, locking and unlocking, HTC have ditched these. But that doesn’t mean that there’s no functionality on the sides. While the physical buttons are gone, they’ve been replaced with Edge Sense Keys – virtual buttons which provide haptic feedback to give the sensation of pressing a real button. The advantage of the Edge Sense Keys is how they work with HTC Edge Sense 2, allowing you activate shortcuts, features and launch apps just by squeezing the phone and tapping the side of your device as you hold it.
- Waterproof for up to 30 minutes
Swapping out the physical buttons for sense keys yields another benefit as well, with the U12+ being given an IP68 waterproof rating. This means that the U12+ can be submerged up to 1.5 metres for up to half an hour without being damaged – perfect for all those accidental drops in the sink, as well as impromptu hot tub parties.
- 6GB ram
You could be forgiven for thinking you were looking at specifications for a laptop here, as the HTC U12+ comes with 6GB of ram, double that of the iPhone X. This allows you to keep more apps running in the background giving you faster speeds when loading apps, multitasking and switching between open apps.
- 4 Microphones
Have no worries about the quality of your voice over calls either. HTC like to put a large focus on the audio capabilities of their devices, with the U12+ having no less than 4 microphones on board for crystal clear voice capture. This yields other benefits as well, with the ability to set the microphones to be “always on” or to turn on as soon as you pick the phone up. This works perfectly in sync with voice controlled assistants, with the Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa being available for hands free use out of the box.
- Quick Charge 4
The charger included with the device is a quick charge 3.0 model, capable of charging the U12+ from flat to 50% in only 30 minutes. But that isn’t where the charging power ends, as the U12+ is also compatible with Quick Charge 4.0. Qualcomm, the provider of the phone’s Snapdragon processor chip, have improved further on the charging capabilities in Quick Charge 4.0, and you can rest assured that leaving your phone to charge overnight is a thing of the past.
- Dual Sim
A small feature if you aren’t using it, but the ability to have two sim cards in the device is immensely streamlining for those who do. Whether for travel or business, a dual sim card slot allows the user to cross international borders without thinking about roaming costs, and to separate business and personal contacts, calls and costs. There’s no more swapping your sim card round with a local one and losing access to your card whilst abroad, and there’s no need for separate work and personal phones, simply keep two sim cards in the phone and choose which one you want to use.
- Up to 2000GB additional storage
Internal storage in the HTC U12+ comes in a choice of either 64 or 128GB. You’d already be hard pushed to fill up a phone with that much space, but the U12+ comes with the capability to upgrade this with additional microSD storage up to 2000GB! If you choose to go down that route then you could bank on your phone doubling up as an external storage device for your computer as well, with space to spare for all of your music, films, photos and apps. The days of clearing space on your phone to make room for a new app are well and truly gone!