HTC U12+ launched with pressure-sensitive buttons, 4 cameras

After numerous leaks and rumors, the HTC U12+ launch event has finally made the device official. The smartphone boasts of a number of upgrades over its predecessor, most notably with Edge Sense 2.

HTC U12+ Launch

The original Edge Sense tech allowed users to squeeze the frames of the phone to trigger actions like calling the Google Assistant. Edge Sense 2 does this as well but adds some fresh gestures to the mix. A double tap on either side activates a one-handed mode. Holding the phone on both edges when turning it stops the screen from switching to landscape.

The other big change comes via the HTC U12+’ pressure-sensitive buttons. The keys look like regular buttons, but they provide haptic feedback instead of a click. It works just like the iPhone 7‘s Touch ID button in that way. The change allows the handset to have an IP68 rating against water attacks.

HTC U12+ Back

HTC is touting the fact that the U12+ managed to score 103 in DxOMark’s photography test. This makes it the second-highest rated smartphone in the organization’s rankings, behind the Huawei P20 Pro.

HTC’s equipped the phone with 4 cameras in all. 16MP f/2.6 telephoto + 12MP f/1.75 wide-angle lenses can be found at the back. 8MP f/2.0 + 8MP f/2.0 shooters take their place up front.

The U12+’ rear snappers are enhanced with laser autofocus, full sensor PDAF, 2x optical zoom, and 10x digital zoom. HDR Boost 2, OIS, EIS, and DSLR-esque bokeh effects are included as well. Users can additionally shoot 1080p slow-motion video at 240fps and 4K footage at 60fps.

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There’s also a One-touch auto zoom tool to help owners zoom in on a subject without having to manually increase the zoom level themselves. Like before, there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack on the U12+. Individuals will just have to make do with the included HTC USonic noise-cancelling USB-C headphones.

HTC hasn’t ditched its signature BoomSound speakers though, pairing it with Hi-Fi sound quality. The device’s looks are another highlight, featuring an eye-catching Liquid Surface design that features 3D Gorilla Glass 5 all around. The 6-inch QHD+ screen has a trendy 18:9 aspect ratio, with borders which are 2mm thinner than before.

Specifications of the HTC U12+:

– OS: Android 8.0 Oreo-based HTC Sense
– Display: 6-inch Super LCD 18:9, 2880 x 1440 pixels
– CPU: 2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 845
– Camera: 12MP + 16MP rear, 8MP + 8MP front
– Storage: 64GB/128GB, expandable till 2TB
– RAM: 6GB
– Battery: 3500mAh
– Weight: 188g
– Size: 156.6 x 73.9 x 8.7mm
– Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, dual-SIM, Wi-Fiac, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, USB Type-C, NFC, GLONASS

HTC U12+ Launch Price

There’s no word on when an HTC U12+ launch will happen in countries like India. People in the US can pre-order the smartphone priced at $799 (roughly Rs 54650) for the 6GB/64GB option and $849 (approx Rs 58070) for the 6GB/128GB version. Shipments will begin in June.

The HTC U12+ is available in Ceramic Black, Flame Red, and Translucent Blue. The last is partially transparent, allowing a peek inside the inner workings of the handset.