HTC new U12+ is all about superior looks and performance

HTC U12 Plus: How to preorder and 4 more things to know

HTC U12 Plus: How to preorder and 4 more things to know

It will also have dual 8MP cameras on the front for selfies, geared with features such as Bokeh mode, Face unlock, Screen flash, AR stickers, and more.

There's also something called HDR Boost 2 which HTC claims delivers smoother, crisper, more detailed photos with less noise and better dynamic range when the lights are down or glaring.

HTC says that a new touch feedback experience turns the edges of U12+ into the easiest and most intuitive way to interact with your phone. We know that the company is doing this Squeeze and Pressure Sensitive thing from past year, but with the HTC U12+, there are no physical buttons at all. The most affordable is the 64GB U12+ which is available for $799.99 in either Translucent Blue or Ceramic Black. There's a new gesture, double-tap: on the U12+ that defaults to shrinking the interface into one-handed mode.

This time around, though, HTC has extended the pressure sensors further up the sides of the phone.

The phone will also come with Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6GB RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. You can squeeze the edge of the handset to capture photos, launch voice assistants, or use the Edge Launcher. The smartphone has dual camera setups on the front and back.

Finally, HTC is promising an Android P update in the future, debuting with Android Oreo in the meantime.

The U12 Plus has a dual-camera setup, which includes a telephoto lens.

The HTC U12 Plus comes in two storage variants - a 64 GB variant which has been priced at $799 (approximately Rs 55,000) in the USA and another 128 GB variant which has been priced at $849. The U12 Plus can also record 4K video at 60fps and 1080p slow motion video at 240fps. In a growing sea of very-similar-looking full screen phone designs, squashing the front-facing camera, earpiece, and other sensors into a notch cut-out, the U12+ sticks with an uninterrupted rectangular 6-inches. However, neither phone supports wireless charging. The HTC U11 is IP67 certified, meaning it can be submerged up to 1 meter deep in water for up to 30 minutes, while the HTC U12 Plus beats it with IP68 certification, meaning it can be dunked up to 1.5 meters deep for up to 30 minutes. 18 Gigabit LTE, download up to 1.2 Gbps, upload up to 150 Mbps etc.

The HTC U12+ price in the U.S. is set at $799 (approximately Rs. 54,600) for the 64GB model, while its 128GB variant is priced at $849 (around Rs. 58,000).

It's highly likely you'll never see this device in South Africa, but for what it's worth, it'll be sold in three colours: Ceramic Black, Flame Red, and a pretty awesome semi-transparent Translucent Blue sheen. Do you think HTC is right with this pricing?

We'll let you know how long the U12 Plus's battery lasts when we've reviewed it, but the U11 for its part lasts around a day of moderate use.

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