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HTC U12 Plus vs. HTC U11 Plus: Did HTC do enough to stay relevant?

by Danny Zepeda | May 23, 2018May 23, 2018 7:00 am PST

The HTC U12 Plus is now official, signaling the company’s last stand as it battles the onslaught of Android flagships. Once upon a time, HTC was viewed as the king of Android before Samsung overtook it and never looked back. HTC is trying to regain some of its former glory and it hopes the follow-up to the U11 Plus has the right recipe to do so. In keeping with the spirit, let’s see how the U12 Plus compares to the U11 Plus.

Right off the bat, the two phones look very similar. HTC brought back the colorful options and threw in a few extra extras with a translucent finish. This time around, the front bezels were slightly reduced but not to the level that we are accustomed to seeing from other manufacturers. It’s a questionable decision, but ask yourself this: would you rather have bezels or a notch? HTC went with the former.

Since the U12 Plus is a newer phone, it beats the U11 Plus in nearly every spec category imaginable. Processor (Snapdragon 845 vs. 835), camera (dual camera vs. single camera) and improved squeeze gestures (it’s not just squeezing anymore), everything inside the U12 Plus was upgraded.

The U12 Plus beats the U11 Plus in a comparison, but it’s still worth having to see what improvements HTC has made. A lot of those improvements are needed for it to stay competitive in a sea of Android devices that are continually setting new trends. HTC hopes the improvements it made from the U11 Plus to the U12 Plus are enough to do the same.

Check out the spec breakdown between the two devices down below.

HTC - U12 Plus HTC - U11 Plus
Display Size 6-inch, 1440 x 2880 pixel display (537 ppi) 6-inch, 1440 x 2880 pixel display (537 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1440
Resolution Y 2880 2880
Display Type Quad HD+ Super LCD 6 Quad HD+
Operating System Android 8.0 (at launch) Android 8.0 (at launch)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM 6GB 4GB or 6GB
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
External Storage Yes Yes
External Storage Specs
  • microSD up to 2TB
  • microSD up to 2TB
Main Camera (Back) 12MP 12MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP 8MP
Networks
  • 2G/2.5G GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
  • 3G UMTS: AWS/850/900/1900/2100
  • 3G UMTS: HSDPA 42, HSUPA 5.76
  • FDD: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 28, 32, 66
  • TDD: Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
  • 2G/2.5G GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
  • 3G UMTS: 850/900/1900/2100
  • 3G UMTS: HSDPA 42, HSUPA 5.76
  • FDD: Bands 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 32
  • TDD: Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
Battery 3500mAh 3930mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • USB Type-C
  • USB Type-C
Sensors
  • Ambient light
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetic
  • Motion G
  • Proximity
  • Ambient light
  • Edge
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyro
  • Magnetic
  • Motion G-sensor
  • Proximity
GPS
  • AGPS
  • BeiDou
  • Digital compass
  • Galileo
  • GPS
  • GLONASS
  • Digital compass
  • GPS + AGPS
  • GLONASS
Height 156.6 mm (6.17 inches) 158.5 mm (6.24 inches)
Width 73.9 mm (2.91 inches) 74.9 mm (2.95 inches)
Depth 9.7 mm (0.38 inches) 8.5 mm (0.33 inches)
Weight 188 g (6.63 oz) 188 g (6.63 oz)
Colors N/A N/A
Supported Audio Formats N/A N/A
Supported Video Formats N/A N/A

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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