Without leaving the freefall in which she has been immersed for years, HTC continues paddling countercurrent to return to generate profits and earn their place at the top of the telephone sector . After a fantastic, but quickly forgotten U11 +, the Taiwanese today presents the model that will lead its catalog during the coming months: the HTC U12 + .
The leaks have barely left room for surprises, but that’s not why HTC has stopped letting the world know all the details of its latest star phone, which is destined to be one of the great rivals for the high-end of 2018 , and therefore it will have to face faces with models such as,or the future Google Pixel 3 XL and Xperia XZ2 Premium. And what better way to see if the new HTC will be up to it, than reviewing all the features, specifications and prices of this new Taiwanese smartphone .
In general terms, the new U12 + could be considered a small iterative leap from the previous U11 + . Both the design and the technical section are comparable, although at the photographic level we will find more than one important difference, especially for the inclusion of no less than four different sensors in the device.
Since he adopted it with U Ultra in 2016, HTC has not separated from glass as a building material for their phones anymore top . The U12 + was not going to be less, of course, and we came across a device that recalls the previous star model of the company, with Liquid glass chassis that surrounds its entire surface, except for the sides covered by an aluminum rim which houses the lines for the antennas, the volume and power buttons and the slot for microSD and nanoSIM, as well as the USB port Type C 3.1 next to the speaker.
Despite the good use of its front, we are facing a large terminal. They are more than 15 centimeters high that measures the device, with almost 9 millimeters thick and about 190 grams of weight , which will probably drive away those who love extremely compact devices. Still, the firm says that thanks to the curves that cross its back, ergonomics with the terminal will be outstanding.
With more than 15 centimeters high, 9 millimeters thick and almost 190 grams of weight, the HTC U12 + is a large phone, although the cures of its glass back promise to improve comfort when using it .
The detail that is not missing, of course, is the protection against water and dust with an IP68 level, the maximum we find today in the segment of the high range. Other additions to highlight are the rear fingerprint reader , or the frames squeezable Edge Sense 2 , which use new improved sensors more sensitive to pressure, and allow to execute different actions or open applications by pressing the sides of the device, or activate a screen mode one hand , suitable for a phone of these dimensions. As in previous U11, the pressure level will be customizable by the user.
HTC is still resisting getting on the OLED technology car that has already been adopted by the vast majority of top line manufacturers in their star phones. Instead, the Taiwanese once again bet on a Super LCD panel of sixth generation , which in this edition grows until the 6 inches, with a Quad HD resolution of 2,880 x 1,440 pixels , which gives a density of 537 pixels per inch, and a aspect ratio from 18: 9.
The panel is surrounded by narrow screen frames at the top and bottom, and practically non-existent on the sides, thanks in part to the 2.5D curvature of Gorilla Glass 5 glass that camouflages them perfectly. Due to the reduced borders, the U12 + lacks physical navigation buttons, and these are included in the screen, also with a pressure detection system.
The 6-inch Quad HD + Super LCD6 screen is now able to detect the pressure exerted on the virtual navigation buttons.
The brand has not forgotten to refine the panel in its own way, integrating support for the DCI-P3 color spectrum full, sRGB and compatibility with HDR10.
I’m afraid that power is not one of the reasons why HTC is where it is in the telephone industry. The star terminals of the brand are characterized by have in your interior the best of the best, and the U12 + maintains this streak thanks to the platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 , with 64 bits, 10 nm and 8 cores running at a maximum frequency of 2.8 GHz.
Supporting the processor is a 6 GB LPDDR4x RAM module , and when storing information we enjoy 64 or 128 GB expandable through microSD up to 2 TB. Keeping the lights on will take care of 3,500 mAh battery , a significant decrease with respect to the 3,930 mAh of the U11 +, although we trust that the Snapdragon 845 chip and Android 8.0 Oreo under HTC Sense Do your work in terms of energy efficiency. Anyway, when going through the charger Quick Charge technology promises us up to 50% battery in just over half an hour, although this time loses compatibility with the Qi wireless charging standard that he enjoyed the U11 +.
Although the U12 + gains power thanks to the Snapdragon 845 and the jump to 6 GB of RAM as the base figure, the battery reduces its capacity by almost 400 mAh with respect to the U11 +, and by the way the compatibility with wireless charging is lost.
One of the aspects in which I personally expected to see changes is the software. It’s not that HTC Sense is a layer of aggressive personalization or annoying as those of other reference manufacturers do, but the truth is that both in terms of functionality and appearance, it has been stagnating for a couple of generations. Hopefully the update to Android P that is already secured for the U12 +, bring the news that deserves the owners of HTC devices.
The first phone of the brand to place a pair of photographic sensors on its back was the HTC Evo 3D , a terminal that, in spite of the innovation that it brought, ended up passing unnoticed by the market back in 2012. Later, in 2014, the firm decided to revive this feature, although with a very different approach together [with HTC One M8] (https://andro4all.com/2014/04/htc-one-m8-review
), and since then we have not seen a flagship of the firm with dual sensors, although it is not that their last terminals needed them to be placed
Now, four years after we last saw an HTC model with a double camera, the U12 + bets on a double rear sensor, 12 + 16 megapixels that have little to do with the cameras of the classic M8. The main camera of 12 megapixels and f / 1.75 It makes use of the brand’s own UltraPixel 4 technology, and achieves a pixel size of 1.2 μm, in addition to having OIS and being able to record 4K video up to 60 FPS or 1080p at 240 FPS . On the other hand, the secondary sensor is a telephoto lens of 16 megapixels f / 2.6 able to perform optical zoom up to 2 increases, and digital up to 10.
HTC wants to replace one of its flagship devices at the top of the top of mobile photography, through two cameras of 12 and 16 megapixels with OIS, PDAF, HDR Boost and much more, which have achieved a score of 13 points in DXOMark.
The camera, equipped with UltraSpeed Autofocus 2 -a system combining PDAF with laser autofocus- and the HDR Boost algorithm that improves photographs by combining several captures , also includes mode bokeh , stickers in augmented reality and a professional mode that allows you to control virtually any parameter imaginable when making a photograph.
For selfies, we enjoyed two other sensors, with 8 megapixels each and aperture f / 2.0 that allows you to capture images with a field of view of up to 84º. The two front sensors also feature portrait mode, stickers in augmented reality, HDR Boost, makeup mode and 3D facial unlocking, depending on the brand, more secure than we can find in most Android phones on the market.
The audio is another section that HTC has not neglected on this occasion, In full 2018, when, like it or not, the audio jack no longer fits into most high-end smartphones to make way for a future without wires, HTC makes the transition more bearable thanks to HTC USonic headphones with USB Type C included in the phone case . On the other hand, the terminal’s speakers make use of the company’s own Boomsound technology, and when it comes to transmitting audio via Bluetooth, we enjoy compatibility with aptX HD and LDAC of up to 32 bits.
|Specifications||HTC U12 +|
|Dimensions||156.6 x 73.9 x 8.7 mm. 188 grams of weight|
|screen||6 inch Super LCD6 with Glass Gorilla Glass, HDR 10, DCI-P3 and sRGB|
|Pixel density||Quad HD + (2,880 x 1,440 pixels) 537 ppi and 18: 9|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. 10 nm and 8 cores at 2.8 GHz. Adreno 630 GPU|
|OS||Android 8 Oreo with HTC Sense|
|Storage||64 or 128 GB expandable by microSD|
|Cameras||Rear dual 12 MP UltraPixel 4 f / 1.75 + 16 MP tele f / 2.6 with PDAF and Laser AF, OIS, Dual LED, AR Stickers. Frontal 8 megapixel dual f / 2.0|
|Video||Up to 4K @ 60fps or 1080p @ 240 fps with the rear camera. Up to 1080p @ 30fps with front camera|
|Battery||3,500 mAh with fast loading QC 3.0|
|Others||Rear fingerprint reader, IP68 water and dust resistance, face lock, Edge Sense 2, pressure-sensitive buttons, one-hand mode, HTC Boomsound Hi-Fi, HTC USonic headphones, NFC, USB 3.1 Type C, nano SIM|
|Colors||Ceramic Black (black), Flame Red (red) and Perspective Blue (translucent blue)|
|Bands||3G UMTS AWS / 850/900/1900/2100 MHZ
HSDPA 42, HSUPA 5.76
4G LTE FDD: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20,
28, 32, 66
TDD: 38, 39, 40, 41
Support for Gigabit LTE Cat 18 and 4 × 4 MIMO VoLTE and WiFi calling
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, Galileo, HTC Connect, USB DisplayPort Type C, Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac with MU-MIMO|
As usual, we will still have to wait a few weeks to witness the arrival of the latest HTC model to the stores of the world. The commercialization of U12 + will start in the middle of July in the countries where the firm operates officially, among them Spain , where you can already access the pre-registration. In terms of prices, we are happy to know that HTC has decided to stay somewhat away from the 900 or 1,000 euros that some manufacturers already ask for their latest creations, and the U12 + has a slightly more adjusted price that starts from 799 euros.