HTC U12 + is a unique smartphone with Android. It can not only boldly compete with the best, but it also comes out of this match victoriously.
HTC U12 + is the first model in the HTC offer, in which the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip is present. There are also brilliant cameras, extensive multimedia facilities, a display with 18: 9 aspect ratio with HDR support, as well as a battery with a decent capacity. It's time to check if it all translates into a smartphone worth recommending.
Beautiful and phenomenal design
HTC once again showed the competition how smartphones should be made. U12 + looks like a premium class equipment – elegantly and unconventional at the same time. The phone is used extremely pleasantly and comfortably. This is primarily due to its proportions and phenomenal performance . HTC U12 + was made on the same note as its predecessor, and this means that the rear wall was covered with glass with a crystal smooth surface, while the front panel is Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The back of the phone has been sanded, so all the frames are much slimmer than the rest construction . This is a good solution, because it translates into a more reliable grip. However, you must know that the back wall is slippery, which significantly increases the probability of letting the phone out of the palm of your hand.
Admire the inner and outer beauty of HTC U12 + in Translucent Blue. Delicate gradient of colors combined with a translucent design provide a subtle insight into the perfectly made interior of the device. – fragment from the manufacturer's website
A big novelty is the use of digital pressure sensitive and responsive touch buttons . This is the switch (with a texture very well visible under the fingers), as well as the "volume" bar. Initially, I had difficulty getting used to this solution, because the buttons are not pressed, and the "click" effect was replaced by vibration. However, it took only a few hours spent with HTC to find this solution convenient. The HTC U12 + has been put on four microphones. This is not a new solution, because we already know it from the HTC U Ultra, but here is a novelty. There are five holes on the housing. What is the last one used for? To compensate for the sound pressure , for even better results when recording natural 3D sound. Two microphones were placed on the back wall and the other two on the upper and lower rim. It is worth looking at the arrangement of individual elements on the housing. The lower edge was occupied by a multimedia speaker, USB 3.1 port (first generation) with a USB type C interface, support for USB OTG and DisplayPort. On the left side there is a tray for a hybrid SIM card slot (two nano-standard cards / one nanoSIM card + microSD reader). Above the screen is a notification diode, two dedicated selfie cameras , a set of sensors and a second multimedia speaker (also for calls). The rear wall was occupied by two camera lenses main one secured with sapphire glass. Next to them there is a laser focus measurement sensor, and below two (two-tone) LED lighting diodes. The back is also a round biometric sensor. The appearance and arrangement of the lenses refers to LG smartphones, although in the case of the HTC U12 + "islet" definitely less protrudes over the face .The smartphone has an IP68 certificate , which means that it does not fear the dust and water (the housing should withstand immersion to a depth of 1.5 m for 30 minutes). Remember that after flooding, do not charge or use the USB Type C port in any other way until it is dry. In the case of HTC, the standard is the lack of a 3.5mm mini-jack , which was replaced with a USB type C port with support for USB Audio. HTC U12 + in terms of appearance is well corrected U, a plus with a eleven . The producer focused on the element of innovation and refined what he feels like the proverbial fish in the water, ie the translucent casing.
The battery is a plus
The battery has a capacity of 3500 mAh . A similar one can be found, among others, in the Galaxy S9 +, in which a larger diagonal display is present. The battery, however, has a larger capacity than even Sony Xperia XZ2 and clearly smaller than its predecessor. Is he able to offer similar times of work as the competition? With normal energy use it is enough for up to 1.5 days of work . The intensive use of the HTC U12 + translates into one worry-free day, the screen can be turned on for up to six hours. Of course, the working time is also affected by the brightness setting of the backlight, or the type of connection used – LTE or WiFi. In the case of the second time, the screen is slightly better. [wptab style = "4" title = "Games"] [test slug = "battery" order = "desc" selected = "22652" virtual = "battery-manhattan-3" type = "single" product_id = "22652,22582 , 22548,22516,22382,22472,22318,22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Charging time "] [test slug =" battery "virtual =" loading – ac "order =" asc "selected =" 22652 "type =" single "product_id =" 22652,22582,22548,225256,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22318,22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] It takes about 100 minutes to charge the battery on your smartphone . Recharging during the day should not be a problem, especially that leaving a smartphone under the charger for a quarter of an hour translates into the recovery of 25% of energy lost, and an additional fifteen minutes will give us 46% – enough to use the phone for the most part day. And although the smartphone loads faster than the predecessor, it is conditioned by the use of a battery with a smaller capacity. If you want to extend your working time, you should use one of the available energy management scenarios. By default, in the most restrictive mode the functionality has been limited to the basic functions.
Super LCD 6 with Quad HD + and HDR 10
HTC U12 + is equipped with a display with an aspect ratio of 18: 9, which is characterized by a 6.0 "diagonal and Quad HD + resolution , and therefore 2880 x 1440 pixels. With this characteristic, the panel made in Super LCD 6 technology has a density of dots per inch at the level of about 537, which is the right value.
The above fragment was borrowed from the HTC U11 + review, because the Taiwanese did not decide to make changes in panel technology, resolution, as well as diagonal. However, there is a novelty that was missing in the U11 + software. I am talking about support for HDR 10 here . In addition, the manufacturer has improved the color reproduction, although these are still not as intense as in the Samsung screens, but they still delight the eye. The color rendering in the sRGB palette is 99.8 (in HTC U11 + – 97.8%), and the DCI-P3 jumped from 87.6% in HTC U11 + to 96.2%. The color palette is therefore very deep , and the screen looks with great pleasure. In the settings, we can find display profiles – DCI-P3 and sRGB, which conquer the quality of the presented image. If we add a nightlight to it, I guarantee that the screen will not hurt you and your eyes will rest a bit. Throughout the testing period I had an active reduction of blue light . Finally, I would like to add that the night-light can be activated and deactivated automatically – after sunset and sunrise. [wptab style = "4" title = "AdobeRGB"] [test slug = "test-colors" order = "desc" selected = "22652" virtual = "color-adobergb" type = "single" product_id = "22652,22614 , 22604,22590,22588,22582,22548,22516,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" sRGB "] [test slug =" test- colors "order =" desc "selected =" 22652 "virtual =" kolor-srgb "type =" single "product_id =" 22652,22614,22604,22590,22588,22582,22548,22516,22382,22472,22222,22458 , 22394,22318,22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" Maximum brightness "] [test slug =" screen-battery "virtual =" TEST_JACITY_TIM "order =" desc "selected =" 22652 " type = "single" product_id = "22652,22652,22582,22548,22516,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22318,22512"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "Minimum brightness" ] [test slug = "screen-battery" virtual = "TEST_JASNOSC_AKU_MIN" order = "asc" selected = "22652" type = "single" product_id = "22652,22582,22548,22516,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394 , 22318,22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] It is worth to lean over the l values for a moment uminance of the maximum illumination. It can not be concealed that it is definitely lower than in the case of competition. However, the Super LCD 6 panel is very similar in behavior to OLEDs, and therefore in automatic mode generates the maximum brightness at a higher level.In the HTC U12 +, there were of course the Smart Screen function – it displays notifications on a blanked screen , so it's something similar to Always on Display from Samsung. Only less extensive, because we can not go directly to the displayed notification. However, it is possible to customize the appearance as well as the schedule. One of the advantages of HTC U12 + is of course Edge Sense, or a set of gestures made by squeezing side frames . This feature debuted along with HTC U11, but in U12 + it was refined and gained new features. Edge Sense 2 supports squeezing, double-touching and holding, and recognizes which hand you use, allowing you to operate the device freely as right and left hand. Thanks to this, you can quickly take a screenshot, eject the notification bar, launch the Camera app, voice assistant, any assigned application, and scale the image for one-hand operation. Of course, everything can be customized according to your preferences. You can pinpoint the Quick Access application that was created to allow easy and quick access to your favorite applications, contacts and settings . This is a kind of competition for the edge screen present in the flagship Galaxy S smartphones. The function can be quickly turned on / off via a dedicated switch. Edge Sense 2 works in almost every application from Google Play , so you can configure it to zoom in on the map, play and pause music and much more.
Camera: HTC raised the bar high
The main camera – characteristics, quality of photos and videos
The HTC U12 + rear panel contains a set of two cameras – 12-megapixel, wide-angle with HTC UltraPixel 4 technology , characterized by a large single pixel (1.4μm) size, and ƒ / 1.75 aperture. The second is a 16-megapixel telephoto camera with ƒ / 2.6 light (1.0μm pixel size). Ultrapixel technology works exactly the same as previous HTC smartphones, increasing pixel size to improve quality in low light and increase processing speed. I could not fail to mention the optical approximation of 1.85x to 2x and ten-times digital zoom, optical (OIS) and electronic (EIS) image stabilization , ultra-fast focus measurement, HDR Boost 2, 4K video recording with high resolution sound and 60 frames per second , recording 3D sound and acoustic focus using four microphones, as well as recording RAW images. >>> View full size example photos Pictures taken with this set delight the eye and look phenomenally . It is primarily the merit of the machine, which in the blink of an eye selects the right parameters for the scenery. Fast autofocus is also flawless, and this is a big advantage because the pictures are always sharp. They are also characterized by a very large number of details, as well as vivid colors. In this field Taiwanese win peacefully with the best on the market, because the photographs do not look too much processed programmatically. In the case of photos taken after dark you can see that HTC has done some homework and improved the quality of the flagship model. Movies can be recorded in maximum 4K resolution at 60 fps . Added to this is the recording at FHD resolution at 30 and 60 fps, as well as HD. There is also slow motion (120 fps) in 1080p resolution. In the case of video recording, it is worth mentioning the sound, which thanks to the noise reduction system ensures sound quality at the appropriate level. There is even an acoustic zoom with 360 ° sound that is supposed to make the recorded sound realistic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZy-Np_d0No
Front camera and photo application
Selfie was dedicated a set of two 8MP cameras with ƒ / 2.0 light with HDR Boost and a single pixel size of 1.12μm. This translates into good quality photos and video materials that can be recorded in Full HD 30 frames per second. It is also worth adding that HTC proposes to light the face with a flash of the screen and the ability to perform live makeup, as well as the use of AR stickers. The author's HTC app is extremely intuitive to use and pleasing to the eye . It has been rebuilt in relation to the present even at HTC U11 +, so we now have more modes available, and these are displayed on a separate card. We have the ability to perform Hyperlapse, panoramic photos (also with a front camera) and pro mode. In manual mode, you can set basic values such as white balance, exposure, photosensitivity, exposure time, and color temperature. In the pro mode it is possible to save up to three custom settings.
Performance for years
HTC U12 + has the latest Qualcomm SoC system on board, and therefore Snapdragon 845 with the Adreno 630 graphics chip , which is up to 30% more efficient than the Adreno 540 with Snapdragon 835. There is also support from the 6GB RAM (LPDDR4X type) ). This set guarantees high performance, which is confirmed by the synthetic tests carried out by me. [wptab style = "4" title = "AnTuTu 7"] [test slug = "android-antutu-7" order = "desc" selected = "22652" virtual = "antutu-total-7" type = "single" product_id = "22652,22614,22604,22590,22588,22582,22548,22318"] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "PC Mark"] [test slug = "pcmark-android" order = "desc "selected =" 22652 "virtual =" pcmark-android-work "type =" single "product_id =" 22652,22614,22604,22590,22588,22582,22548,22516,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22318 , 22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style =" 4 "title =" T-Rex "] [test slug =" gfxbench-fps "order =" desc "selected =" 22652 "type =" single "virtual =" t-rex-3-onscreen "product_id =" 22652,22614,22604,22590,22588,22582,22548,225256,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22318,22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "Manhattan"] [test slug = "gfxbench-fps" order = "desc" selected = "22652" type = "single" virtual = "manhattan-3-onscreen" product_id = "22652,22614,22604 , 22590,22588,22582,22548,22516,22382,22472,22222,22458,22394,22318,22512 "] [/ wptab] [wptab_end] Components used are phenomenal not during everyday use . The smartphone does not have the slightest problem with multitasking, switching between open processes is fast, and working on two applications is not a challenge for the system. HTC U12 + works more smoothly than Galaxy S9 +, because slow down or cropping are foreign concepts for this model. Dedicated graphics works perfectly with all games available in the Google store and at the highest settings. Tekken, Real Racing 3, Asphalt 8: Airborne, or Mortal Kombat X do not make Adreno 630 the slightest problem. There is no strength in this graphic and it is rather unlikely that something will change in the next few years.
HTC U12 + works under the control of Google Android 8.0 Oreo with the HTC Sense interface . I received a model with security patches from March 2018 for testing. The producer offers the possibility of personalization – changing the effect of scrolling through the desktop cards, choosing the right theme from available online. You can also create your own graphic design. It is possible to edit the bar with the navigation buttons and add there, among other things, a function that allows you to record the screen, take a screenshot, hide the navigation bar, or eject the notification bar. It is worth paying attention to the HTC BlinkFeed application (by default it is on the first screen), which displays your favorite content on the screen of your phone – all in one place in a clear form. There is also HTC Boost + , or software containing a set of tools that maximize the security, privacy and performance of the device. From the program level, we can close open processes, secure applications, and delete unnecessary files. The whole has been presented in an accessible form. However, this is not the end of the advantages of the refined HTC Sense interface, because noteworthy is also the video clip editor , using which it is possible to create short and effective films. You can not bypass the smart features offered by the HTC Sense Companion, an assistant that contains helpful tips – analyzes the user's behavior, behaviors and habits, and suggests what to do to use the smartphone more efficiently and save time. The assistant is also able to recommend a restaurant or advise that it is time for warmer clothes. It is not perfect, but it is often useful.
Brilliant sound quality and rich equipment
HTC in the U12 + model has opted for HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi stereo multimedia speakers . They are not front, as was the case with previous Taiwanese smartphones. One is placed on the lower edge and the other on the screen and is also a speaker for talks. The capacity is high, and you can easily listen to music from a smartphone in a larger group of people, although of course there is no chance of encountering a single BT loudspeaker of good quality. The loudspeakers' strength is also the purity of the sound being emitted. We can also count on a clear sound during conversations – this is of course due to four built-in microphones that greatly reduce noise and gather voice.Dedicated headset does not change from several generations of flagships, but in total there is no wonder – HTC has already made a few years ago an accessory that is second to none. The headphones feel great, strong and at the same time warm sound. This is due to the highly profiled headphones (adaptive) and HTC USonic technology . With a clear conscience I can recommend this smartphone to all music lovers. It is worth remembering, however, that HTC USonic only works with headphones connected using a type C USB port. The equipment is equipped with the latest communication solutions:
- a dual-band WiFi wireless module with MU-MIMO (802.11 ac / a / b / g / n, 2.4GHz & 5GHz),
- USB 3.1 type C connector,
- LTE modem – download up to 1.2Gbps, transfer up to 150Mbps; up to 5CA and 4×4 MIMO (depending on operator support),
- VoLTE and WiFi calling,
- dual nanoSIM card slot (both SIM cards with LTE support),
- Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX,
- GPS (with A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou).
The communication standards mentioned above work well and did not cause any problems during testing . In principle, it should not surprise anyone, because after all, the speech is about the flagship product. I have no objections to making voice calls. The smartphone does not lose its range (as a standard I tested on the Orange and Plus network cards). The UFS 2.1 internal storage is 64 GB . 50 GB is available to the user. Remember that the mentioned memory can be expanded, because it is equipped with a microSD reader that supports cards with a capacity of up to 2 TB. USB offers support for OTG – thanks to this, it is possible to connect other peripheral and pointing devices. The fingerprint reader correctly reads the defined fingerprint. Of course, the sensor is active, so just press your finger to unlock the screen. It is not as fast as in Huawei smartphones, although the manufacturer has managed to get rid of it, creating a delicate effect of brightening the screen. The reader supports gestures and you can do Selfie or highlight the screen even when no fingerprint is assigned.
Summary and evaluation
HTC U12 + is a great smartphone that shows that Taiwanese still have a lot to say on the market of mobile devices. This model is very polished and at the same time improved in every respect with respect to its predecessor. It has everything you can expect from a flagship product, thanks to which it can compete with the best top smartphones on the Polish market without complexes. A huge advantage of HTC U12 + is the main camera and its capabilities. It is definitely one of the best photosmartphones on the market , which was confirmed even by DxOMark. You can make brilliant pictures in all lighting conditions, as well as record great quality video materials.The strength of the HTC U12 + is also the sound quality on the headset and of course the set itself, which is certified by Hi-Res Audio. The list of advantages is complemented by rich communication facilities with new communication standards, water tightness as well as four microphones . With this model, you can not fail to mention the functional addition in the form of Edge Sense , a refined operating system, as well as an elegant design. Weaknesses? I have not found such in the U12 + model, although I realize that many mania may be interrupted by the lack of a mini-jack 3.5 mm , as well as the screen technology. [Show_rating]