HTC U12+ Announced as HTC’s Latest Flagship Android Phone

HTC has pulled back the covers on their latest flagship device, the HTC U12+.  The first phone from the Taiwanese company for 2018 has all the specs you would expect from a flagship phone and has the price to go along with it.

Powering the U12+ is the 2.8GHz Snapdragon 845 SoC which is a 64-bit, octa-core architecture.  This is coupled with 6GB of RAM and either 64GB or 128GB of onboard storage.  That storage can be expanded thanks to the MicroSD slot.  Display wise, you have a 6″ QHD LCD display which renders at 2880×1440.  It provides an eye-popping 537ppi on the 18:9 ratio display.  All this comes in a phone that is 156.6 x 73.9 x 8.7-9.7mm and weighs 188g.

Camera wise, you have dual cameras on the rear in a wide-angle and telephoto configuration.  Both cameras are 12MP shooters with the wide-angle camera rated at an f/1.75 while the telephoto is a little slower at f/2.6.  There is OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) built-in as well.  For the front facing selfie camera, you have an 8MP f/2.0 shooter.  HTC claims that the rear camera achieve a DxoMark score of 103.  That is shockingly good and follows up on the cameras of the U11 from last year.

HTC U12+
HTC U12+

You won’t find wireless charging on the HTC U12+ but you will find Fast Charging support for the 3500mAh battery that is built into the chassis.  Charging is done via the USB-C 3.1 port at the bottom of the chassis.  That chassis also has foregone the 3.5mm headphone jack and it is IP68 rated against water and dust intrusion.  You have a fingerprint scanner for security and, of course, have the HTC Edge Sense, version 2 now, on the side of the phone.

Powering all this is Android Oreo with HTC’s Sense skinning of the Operating System.  HTC is one of the best manufactures out there when it comes to providing updates to the platform and them being somewhat timely.  That won’t be changing with the U12+

Here in the United States, there is no carrier deal associated with the U12+ so HTC will be selling it through their Amazon storefront.  The phone will be sold unlocked and works with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.  It will not work with Sprint.  Here are the supported frequencies and bands for the phone:

  • GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
  • HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
  • 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), 49, 41(2500), 66(1700/2100)

Pre-orders for the phone are now open with shipping of the phone happening on June 7th.

The U12+ in Ceramic Black with 64GB in storage is $799

The U12+ in Translucent Blue with 64GB in storage is $799