Just pretend you didn’t read anything about the HTC U12+ in recent weeks when it’s announced later this month. The 2018 flagship is unlikely to have any surprises attached by showtime. Information surrounding the U12+ has been plentiful, ranging from images to specifications and anything in-between.
Now we have what should be our final leak. Both press renders and an in-depth spec sheet have surfaced online. If there was anything you were unsure about, here’s your opportunity to be reminded of exactly what’s coming.
HTC would like you to wait one more week to see this, but mobile industry insider Evan Blass went ahead in revealing the U12+ in three colors.
The U12+ is shown in translucent, burgundy, and black. While HTC was long known for using metal, this phone appears to have a glass-based back like its predecessor. Its frame, however, will be made of metal. There’s no doubt the U12+ will look and feel like a premium product.
Overall, the U12+ will measure 156.6 x 73.9 x 8.7-9.7mm and weigh 188g.
Up front, there’s a 6-inch Quad HD+ (2880×1440) Super LCD 6 display. The screen resolution is a little higher than you’re familiar with because HTC is implementing 18:9 aspect ratio. By slimming the top and bottom bezels, the U12+ has a larger display within a compact body. HTC also uses DCI-P3 and sRGB for color accuracy. HDR 10 support will be present, too.
HTC seems to have added an extra physical button to the sides as well. The U12+ could have a dedicated Google Assistant key similar to the new LG G7. Other than that, it’s a standard setup with on-screen navigation buttons and a pressure-sensitive body.
Edge Sense 2, the squeeze-friendly technology introduced last year, might become touch-friendly. The spec sheet refers to holding and double-tapping rather than just squeezing.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 is the showrunner inside the beast, but don’t lock in on 6GB of RAM so easily. That amount could be region-specific. It’s possible the U12+ arrives in North America with 4GB of RAM instead. Either way, you should be able to choose between 64GB or 128GB of storage. There’s also a microSD card slot to expand that.
Other minor specs include a fingerprint scanner, a 3500mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, Android 8.0 Oreo with HTC Sense, an always-on display feature, HTC USonic with noise cancellation, and HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition.
The U12+ will rely heavily on its cameras. HTC is using a dual-camera setup on both the front and the back. The two front-facing cameras are 8MP, one of which is a wide-angle lens. Around the back, there’s a 12MP wide-angle lens paired with a 16MP telephoto lens. HTC also has stuff like phase detection and laser autofocus, optical zoom, optical image stabilization, and Google’s AR Stickers.
Based on all that, the U12+ compares well against other flagship on paper. The results, however, could be mixed in real-life testing.
HTC will announce the U12+ on Wednesday, May 23. The media hasn’t been invited to an in-person launch event, but HTC will welcome fans to parties in San Francisco and New York City following the announcement.