HTC U12+ Android Smartphone

We all know large phone like those 6-incher are never good for one-handed operations, but this newest offering from Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC wants to change that. Announced midweek, the HTC U12+ features Edge Sense 2 that will let you snap photos, call up voice assistants, or whatever you want to do with just one hand. In addition, HTC is hopeful to win over snap-happy consumers with its a dual camera that boasts a DxOMark score of 103.

HTC U12+ Android Smartphone

Here’s what Edge Sense 2 can do:

“A new touch feedback experience turn the edges of U12+ into the easiest and most intuitive way to interact with your phone. The new Edge Sense knows which hand you are using, giving you one-handed freedom to double tap to navigate the device, hold to lock the screen orientation, or squeeze the sides for taking photos and videos, zooming in on maps, and virtually any interaction.”

Camera-wise, the dual cameras on the front and back promised to deliver the current mobile photography rage, the DSLR-like bokeh effect. In addition, it has UltraSpeed Autofocus 2 that includes full sensor PDAF, as well as new laser AF. Interestingly, in addition to 2x optical and 10x digital zoom for photos, the device also touts Sonic Zoom that lets you “zoom in” on sound or voice, plus a “one-touch auto zoom,” so you can get to the subject, so to speak, and take the shot quicker.

HTC U12+ is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform with X20 LTE that promised “beyond Gigabit LTE download speeds,” but without sucking the life out of the battery.

HTC U12+ Android Smartphone

Other key highlights include 6 GB RAM, up to 128 GB storage, VR ready for Vive Focus with call and notification sync, personal VR theater via mirror mode, “best-ever” HTC BoomSound, Qualcomm aptX HD audio with support for high-res 24-bit Bluetooth audio, custom fit USonic earbuds with Active Noise Cancellation, Liquid Surface with ultra thin borders, pressure-sensitive buttons, and IP68 rated for water and dust resistance.

U.S. residents can find HTC U12+ on HTC website, retailing for $799 and $849 for the 64 GB and 128 GB model, respectively. Oh that, btw, is a pre-order. Skip ahead for the spec summary.

Android 8.0 Oreo with HTC Sense (upgradeable to Android P)
HTC Edge Sense 2:
- Squeeze to access apps or control the phone
- Hold for Smart Rotate and Smart Dim
- Double tap for a mini screen for easy one-handed use, or as a back key or navigation bar
- Customizable gestures to launch camera, voice assistant, turn on flashlight, and more
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform
64-bit octa-core, up to 2.8 GHz
6.0-inch, Quad HD+ (2880 x 1440, 18:9, 537ppi) Super LCD 6
Corning Gorilla Glass
DCI-P3, sRGB, color personalization
HDR 10 support
Smart display for notifications
ROM: 64 GB or 128 GB
Extended: microSD™ (SDHCTM, SDXCTM) expansion supports additional memory cards up to 2TB with Flex Storage (optional cards not included)
- 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- AWS/850/900/1900/2100 MHz
- HSDPA 42, HSUPA 5.76
- Single Nano SIM
- FDD: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 28, 32, 66
- TDD: Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
- Supports Cat 18 Gigabit LTE: downloads up to 1.2Gbps, uploads up to 150Mbps; up to 5CA and 4x4 MIMO (where supported)
VoLTE and WiFi calling (where supported)
12MP wide-angle camera with HTC UltraPixel 4 (1.4µm pixel size, f/1.75)
16MP telephoto camera (1.0µm pixel size, f/2.6)
UltraSpeed Autofocus(phase detection + laser autofocus)
Photos support optical zoom 1.85x to 2x and digital zoom up to 10x
HDR Boost
Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) + Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)
Bokeh mode in real time
Dual LED flash
AR stickers
Self timer
Face detection
Pro mode with manual controls,second long exposure, and RAW format support

Dual 8MP camera (1.12µm pixel size, f/2.0)
Wide angle with 84° field of view
Bokeh mode in real time
AR stickers
HDR Boost
Face unlock
Screen flash
Live make-up
Auto Selfie
Voice Selfie
Self timer up to 10 seconds
Selfie Panorama
3000 mAh
up to 24.5 hours talk time on 3G/4G network
up to 14 days standby time on 3G/4G network
Power saving mode
Extreme power saving mode
Quick Charge 3.0

3,500 mAh
up to 23.8 hours talk time on 3G/4G network
Power saving mode
Extreme power saving mode
Fast charging with Quick Charge 3.0 charger in box – up to 50% charge in 35 minutes
802.11a/b/g/n/ac dual-band (2.4 & 5 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C, DisplayPort
Streaming media from the phone to compatible Chromecast, DLNA, AirPlay, Miracast devices

802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band (2.4 & 5GHz) with MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB 3.1 Gen 1, Type-C, DisplayPort over USB Type-C
HTC Connect for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to compatible multi-room audio systems, TVs, portable speakers and home entertainment systems
Streaming media from the phone to compatible AirPlay, Chromecast, DLNA, and Miracast devices
Ambient light sensor, Edge Sensor, Proximity sensor, Motion G-sensor, Compass sensor, Gyro sensor, Magnetic sensor, Fingerprint sensor, Sensor Hub for activity tracking
GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou
HTC USonic with Active Noise Cancellation
HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition
Hi-Res Audio recording
Hi-Res audio certified
Qualcomm aptX HD, LDAC up to 32-bit high resolution wireless audio via Bluetooth

Voice Assistants
Always-on listening support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa (where supported)
Activity Reader automatically reads out SMS messages, calendar events, and incoming caller ID (where supported; headphone compatibility may vary)
156.6 x 73.9 x 8.7-9.7 mm, 188g
Always-on voice commands, Notification LED, Motion Launch, Quiet ring on pick-up, Pocket mode, Flip to mute, IP68 rated
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All images courtesy of HTC.