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HTC U12 Plus Review – A Powerful, Premium Device That Lacks Finesse

HTC is always on a mission to bring innovation in smartphone tech, and it went a step ahead with that when the HTC U12 Plus came out. The phone may look a bit conventional, but there is almost nothing so ordinary about the handset. From the vibrating buttons and squeezable sides to the translucent back design of the blue HTC U12 Plus, there is everything premium about this phone. However, many consider the high-end tech behind all that power and promise to be its biggest flaw because it lacks finesse. Let’s have a closer look at its features in our HTC U12 Plus review.


The HTC U12 Plus boasts a strong, rounded design and a glass build mostly. It delivers a softer and elegant look, but it’s not fragile by any means. In fact, it uses a premium material in its construction and lets the device capture more signals. It’s a large device that can easily be placed in the ‘phablet’ category, although it is just 8.7mm thin.

The major design flaw of this handset is that it features, literally, no buttons on the sides. Even though it makes the phone impervious to dust and water, you’ll also find it hard to use. Adjusting the volume won’t be easy, and the sensitive power button will wake the phone every time you try to hold it in your hand.

The back of the phone hosts the horizontal rear camera array at the top. The fingerprint sensor is placed right below the cameras. The top bezel at the front hosts the front cameras. The microSD and LTE SIM card slots are on the top of the phone, while the bottom of the device is home to a USB-C connector. The HTC U12+ doesn’t feature a headphone jack.


The phone uses a 6” Super LCD display with a 2880x1440p resolution. It’s a colorful and bright screen but may not compare well with competing devices that are equipped with an AMOLED display. The phone easily washes out in challenging lighting conditions. Otherwise, the taller screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio is pretty good and makes the device appropriate for one-handed use.


The HTC U12+ features two main cameras, including a 12MP wide camera with an f/1.75 aperture and a 16MP telephoto lens with an f/2.6 aperture. The second camera allows for 2x optical zoom. On the front, the U12 Plus hosts two selfie cameras instead of one. These 8MP sensors allow for wider selfies and shots with a blurred background.

The images captured in bright daylight are crisp, clear, and sharp. The colors may get too saturated, however, when you capture slightly darker scenes. But when you shoot with HDR Boost, you get good results even in low light.


The HTC U12 Plus is a powerful device that comes with the cutting-edge Snapdragon 845 chip and 6GB of RAM. There is 64GB and 128 GB of onboard storage. The phone handles multitasking with ease and gives seamless performance when running CPU-intensive apps and games.

Battery Life

It packs a 3500mAh battery inside, but you get average battery life at the very best. The battery even drops easily on standby.

HTC U12 Plus is a fine, power-packed device, but it’s not the best out there. If you’re looking for something innovative and with a premium touch, then it would do for you. But if you like to bet on ease of use and camera performance, you might have to make a few compromises. Thinking of making a purchase now? Bulk Mobiles UK is your trusted provider of high-end smartphones across the UK. Check out our best deals now.

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