HTC U12 Plus specs: This phone is a beast

By | 23rd May 2018

HTC’s flagship smartphones always feature some of the highest-end specs available. The U11 and U11 Plus came with the latest Qualcomm processors, killer camera technology, and plenty of “extra” features like expandable memory and IP ratings. So it should come as no surprise that the new HTC U12 Plus spec sheet is right in line with most other high-end phones in 2018.

You can see the official HTC U12 Plus specs below:

 HTC U12 Plus
Display6.0-inch Super LCD 6
2,880 x 1,140 resolution
537ppi
18:9 aspect ratio
DCI-P3, sRGB
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform
2.8GHz, 64-bit octa-core
GPUAdreno 630
RAM6GB
Storage64/128GB
MicroSD expansion up to 2TB with Flex Storage
CamerasRear cameras
Primary: 12MP wide-angle HTC UltraPixel 4 sensor, ƒ/1.75 aperture, 1.4μm pixels
Telephoto: 16MP sensor, ƒ/2.6 aperture, 1.0μm pixels

Phase detection and laser autofocus, OIS, HDR Boost 2, dual-LED flash

Front cameras
Dual 8MP sensors, ƒ/2.0 aperture, 1.12μm pixels, wide-angle with 84-degree field of view
AudioHTC 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
Battery3,500mAh
Non-removable
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
IP ratingIP68
SensorsEdge
Ambient light
Proximity
Motion G-sensor
Compass
Gyro
Magnetic
Fingerprint
Sensor hub for activity tracking
GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou
Network2G/2.5G GSM/GPRS/EDGE
- 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G UMTS
- AWS/850/900/1900/2100MHz
- HSDPA 42, HSUPA 5.76
4G LTE
- FDD: Bands 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 28, 32, 66
- TDD: Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
- Support Cat 18 Gigabit LTE: downloads up to 1.2Gbps, uploads up to 150Mbps, up to 5CA and 4x4 MIMO (where supported
- VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling (where supported)
ConnectivityUSB 3.1, Type-C
Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 and 5GHz) with MU-MIMO
NFC
DisplayPort over USB Type-C
HTC Connect
AirPlay, Chromecast, DNLA, and Miracast
SoftwareAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Dimensions and weight156.6 x 73.9 x 8.7-9.7mm
188g
Colorstitanium black (ceramic black in some regions), flame red, translucent blue

While just about every other manufacturer is going the copy Apple route, HTC isn’t — the HTC U12 Plus comes with a 6.0-inch Quad HD+ display with no notch and thin bezels. That Super LCD 6 display is protected by a custom layer of Gorilla Glass that’s actually closer to Gorilla Glass 3 than 5. Gorilla Glass 3 is harder than 5, so it will likely be more difficult to scratch. We have yet to test this out, however.

Even though the U12 Plus has an all-glass design, HTC decided against including wireless charging support. The company said it omitted wireless charging so it could have more room to fit in a bigger 3,500mAh battery.

The U12 Plus comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6GB of RAM, up to 128GB of storage, and microSD card support. It also has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance (yay!), but no headphone jack (boo!).

On the camera front, the U12 Plus seems to be an upgrade over its predecessors, at least on paper. It sports a 16MP wide-angle lens and a 20MP telephoto lens around back, while the front has two 8MP cameras. The U11’s camera was one of the best of 2017, so we’re really excited to see how the U12 Plus performs.

As for software, it’s running Android 8.0 Oreo. Even though Android 8.1 has been out for five months, HTC still couldn’t manage to load up the latest version of Android on its new smartphone.

While you aren’t getting the latest version of Android here, you are getting an upgraded version of HTC Edge Sense. Edge Sense 2 still allows you to squeeze the sides of the phone to access apps and shortcuts, but now you can double-tap the side of the device to shrink the screen for better one-handed usability.

Edge Sense 2 will also lock the screen orientation when it recognizes that you’re holding the phone in portrait mode. For instance, if you’re lying in bed and reading an article in the portrait orientation, the U12 Plus will stop itself from accidentally flipping the screen to landscape orientation.

What do you think of the HTC U12 Plus specs? Would you change anything about this phone, or are you happy with it? Let us know in the comments, and check out our related U12 Plus coverage below: