HTC’s flagship for 2018, the HTC U12+ is here now. Yes, it is U12 ‘plus’, even if there’s only one phone, because HTC wants customers to know that it is a big phone! Names aside, the HTC U12 does have quite a few improvements over last year’s U11. What are they? Find out in this HTC U12+ overview.
In terms of design, the phone is quite big, sizeable with the Samsung Galaxy S9+. It has a glass body with a reflective design, and so appears quite stunning. While it does have IP68 water-resistance, it doesn’t have wireless charging. And the 3.5 mm headphone jack probably might not make it back on HTC phones now. Since the phone has no notch, it’s got bezels on the top and bottom. The bezels are quite noticeable though, maybe because they’re larger compared to the Galaxy S9’s, but since they house the dual speakers for HTC’s Boom Sound, it’s forgivable.
Also, the phone might look like any other 2018 phone out there. They’re all so similar these days, but the HTC U12+ does away with its physical buttons! Yes, they’re all gone, and instead, there are “fake” lock button and volume rockers, but they only vibrate when you press on them.
The HTC U12+ launched with 4 cameras, and that’s another quite exciting bit about it. Last year, HTC U11 was the phone that beat Google Pixel’s DxO Mark camera rating, and you’d expect nothing less from them. And this time, the HTC U12+ is at second place, right behind Huawei P20 Pro’s triple camera!
HTC U12+’s dual camera setup features a 12 MP wide-angle primary sensor and a 16 MP telephoto lens with f/1.7 and f/2.6 aperture respectively. In the front, a pair of 8 MP wide-angle sensors makes for great selfies with the much-wanted bokeh effects. Overall, the smartphone can record 4K videos at 60 fps and Full-HD slow-mo videos at 240 fps. Furthermore, the paired front sensors also make for a more secure Face Recognition! In addition, there’s the Sonic Zoom feature, which, when you zoom in while recording a video, focuses on recording the audio of that spot for sound clarity. Quite fascinating, right?
For the phone’s big size, it features a 6.0″ QHD+ Super LCD 6 display. That’s 2880 x 1440 resolution with a 2:1 aspect ratio and a pixel density of 537 PPI! And without the notch, that is really quite the show. Under the hood, the phone is run by 2.8 GHz Snapdragon 845 processor supported by 8 GB RAM, a standard for 2018 flagship. For now, the HTC U12+ is running on Android 8.1 Oreo. HTC promises updates to Android P very soon as well. The Edge Sense system enables you to interact with the phone through a series of squeezes. This sounds gimmicky and will need some practice, but is pretty convenient, however.
Overall, HTC decides to play safe with the HTC U12+, but it has some pretty exciting new features to offer. The HTC U12+ launched with 4 cameras is priced at $799 for 64 GB model and $849 for 128 GB model.
Where can I buy HTC U12+ in Nepal
Unfortunately, there are no plans of HTC bringing the HTC U12+ to Nepal. But if you are a die-hard fan and want to get the phone anyways, you will find a plenty of retailers at New Road (if you live in Kathmandu) who will be selling this phone.
And if you find the phone, should you go ahead and buy it? I say not! Try and avoid phone you can’t officially find in Nepal. Sure, such phones are fun to use but once they go out of order, you will have a hard time finding replacement parts.
Price of HTC U12+ in Nepal
The price of HTC U12+ in Nepal is going to be different from shops. However, if past is any indicator, you will be able to get the U12+ for under Rs.80,000 after a months time or two.