HTC announce the new HTC U12+ with Dual 'Seflie' cameras
HTC has just unveiled their latest flagship in the form of the HTC U12+. To start, we must address that there’s no HTC U12 so we think the + branding is to compete with the iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung S9+ models and to follow on from the U11+ from last year. Branding tactics aside, the new U12+ looks like an extremely impressive piece of kit. Below is a breakdown of the key specs:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor/ Android 8.0 (upgradable to Android P)
- 6GB RAM & 64/128GB storage + MicroSD Support
- Dual rear cameras at 12 and 16-megapixels – OIS Ultrapixel 4 and 1.85x/2x optical zoom
- 4K/60FPS 1080/240FPS video capability – 8MP Captures in 4K video
- Dual front 8-megapixel cameras
- 3,500mAh battery
- 6-inch LCD6 display – 18:9 aspect, 2880 x 1440 pixels, 537ppi – HDR10 support
- IP68 water and dust protection
- Liquid Surface glass rear
- Squeezable sides with pressure sensitive buttons
All of these specs position the HTC U12+ amongst the top-tier uber flagship devices already on the market from the likes of Samsung and Huawei and, with the dual front facing cameras, HTC has a nice USP for a flagship device (Samsung’s 2018 A8 range also have dual selfie cameras as does HTC’s own U11 EYEs handset but these are more mid-range handsets.)
These new selfie cameras are capable of wide angle shots up to 84 degrees field of view, a much more realistic bokeh or ‘blurred background’ effect and HDR boost. You also have the option of capturing a ‘Selfie Panorama’.
Improving on their Edge Sense technology introduced on last year’s U11, they’ve upgraded the tech to ‘Edge Sense 2’ which will allow you to interact with the phone with an even larger variety of squeezes. There’ll even be customizable gestures to launch the camera, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and more.
Running Qualcomm’s latest processor, the Snapdragon 845, the new HTC is capable of some impressive multimedia feats including 4K/60 video, 1080p/240 slow motion video and 8MP image capture when shooting in 4K. The handset is also capable of recording Hi-Res audio along with the 3D audio capture we were first introduced to on the HTC U11 from last year.
The rear dual camera set-up also sounds like it’s going to be a pretty decent shooter. The 12-megapixel camera is being called UltraPixel 4, with 1.4µm pixels, f/1.75, while the second 16-megapixel camera has 1.0µm pixels and f/2.6, offering optical zoom at 1.85x and 2x. These two lenses will obviously offer the ubiquitous bokeh mode along with ‘UltraSpeed Autofocus 2’.
Both lenses have OIS and are also capable of improved HDR capture thanks to the upgraded ‘HDR Boost 2’.
The new U12+, like the U11 before it, comes with the extremely impressive USonic active noise cancelling earbuds and BoomSound Hi-Fi edition makes a return. If the U11 is anything to go by, we imagine the audio output of this device to be extremely loud.
The HTC U12+ Irish availability is still TBC but we’ll be sure to update this article once we know more.