HTC U12+: A four camera flagship with no notch

After the OnePlus 6, the next flagship smartphone to launch is the HTC U12+. Ahead of its 23 May event, The full spec sheet and official images have surfaced thanks to serial leakster Evan Blass and Roland Quandt.

The U12+ is the successor of the current HTC U11+ and HTC is stepping up in the photography game with a total of four cameras. The device looks exactly like what we’ve seen in the earlier leaks.

Based on the leaked spec sheet which was supposed to be embargoed until 23 May, the U12+ comes with a 6″ Quad HD+ 18:9 display that comes with HDR10 support and Gorilla Glass protection. It’s encased in a Liquid Surface exterior with a curved back. Somehow it does look more like an LG V30.

Under the hood, it runs on a Snapdragon 845 processor that’s mated to 6GB of RAM. Depending on region, it comes with either 64GB or 128GB of storage which is expandable via microSD up to 2TB. The device also supports Edge Sense 2 which lets you interact with your phone by squeezing.

At the rear, the U12+ gets a 12MP wide-angle UltraPixel 4 camera that has 1.4 micron pixel size with an f/1.75 aperture lens. It also gets a secondary 16MP telephoto shooter that has a smaller 1.0 micron pixel and f/2.6 lens. It also can support optical zoom of 1.85X to 2X and digital zoom of up to 10X. There’s also OIS and 240fps slow-mo in 1080p.

For taking selfies, the front comes with dual 8MP f/2.0 cameras that offer an 84-degree field of view. You can use it for bokeh effects, selfie-panorama as well as Face unlock.

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As usual, there’s no headphone jack as audio is pushed via USB-C. HTC BoomSound HiFi edition comes as standard and you also get a pair of HTC USonic earphones with Active Noise cancellation. The HTC U12+ is also IP68 dust and water resistant rated for greater peace of mind.

Connectivity wise, it supports a wide range of 4G LTE bands in both FDD and LTE as well as Bluetooth 5.0, 802.11ac 5GHz WiFi and NFC. Powering this flagship is a 3,500mAh battery which supports Quick Charge 3.0. According to HTC, 35 minutes on the cable is rated to give you up to 50% charge.

Out of the box, it runs on Android 8.0 Oreo and it will be upgradeable to Android P. The U12+ comes in 3 colours as shown below.

The HTC U12+ launch is taking place next week on 23 May 2018. What do you think of the device? Let us know in the comments below.

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Alexander Wong