HTC brings back a rear dual-camera module on the U12+, but without a notch
HTC brings back a rear dual-camera module on the U12+, but forgets about a notch
HTC just unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the U12+ and it could be one of its best smartphone offerings to date.
The U12+ is the first phone model from HTC in four years to come with a rear dual-camera module, which puts it on par with its Android flagship counterparts. The rear dual-camera module consists of a 12MP f/1.75 wide-angle lens with UltraPixel 4 and a 16MP f/2.6telephoto lens which supports optical zoom up to 2X. It also supports Pro mode with manual control, 32-sec long exposure, bokeh mode and RAW format support. Other imaging specs include 4K video recording at 60fps, 8MP still photos while recording 4K video, OIS + EIS, and slow motion video (1080p at 240fps).
On the front, there is a pair of front-facing cameras (dual 8MP f/2.0 lens with pixel size 1.12μm) that supports wide angle 84° field of view, bokeh mode and face unlock.
In line with most Android flagship smartphones released this year, the U12+ is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile platform, 6GB RAM and Android 8.0 Oreo with HTC Sense. The 3,500mAh battery supports Quick Charge 3.0 and is able to refuel a flat battery up to 50% in 35 minutes!
While several Android flagship smartphones come with a notch on the front panel, HTC did not include one on the 6-inch 18:9 Super LCD 6 display (2,880 x 1,440 pixels). The display supports HDR 10 and DCI-P3 color gamut.
The unique Edge Sense technology receives an upgrade to version 2.0 on the U12+. Not only does it allow you to squeeze to access apps or control the phone, you can now double tap to minimize the interface for easier one-handed usage. The double-tap action can be customized as a back key or a navigation bar. The side sensors are claimed to be intelligent enough to detect if you are laying down and prevent the screen from flipping into landscape mode.
Other specs of the U12+ include HTC uSonic with Active Noise cancellation, HTC BoomSound, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa (compatibility and availability vary by region), 64GB/128GB internal storage options (with microSD support via a dual nano-SIM card slot), IP68 water and dust resistance, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, USB 3.1 Gen Type-C port and a rear fingerprint sensor.
The U12+ is available in three colors: ceramic black, flame red and translucent blue. Pre-orders have already started in the U.S with the 64GB and 128GB models priced at US$799 (~S$1,074) and US$849 (~S$1,141) respectively. Local pricing and availability are not available at the time of publication.