Squeeze me: transparent, notchless HTC U12 Plus debuts for $799


HTC was once one of the best & most popular smartphone manufacturers, but due to the mistakes made in the past few years, the company is now struggling to get back the same spot.

The gadget has got a 6-inch display Quad HD+ (2880 × 1440 pixels) with pixel density of 537 PPI (dots per inch) and an aspect ratio of 18:9. For the United States, the launch finishes will be Translucent Blue and Ceramic Black; the latter is pretty straightforward, but the blue U12+ has a transparent panel around the rear cameras through which you can see the components. The U12+ has received a DxOMark score of 103 - supposedly the highest rated camera in the industry for a dual camera smartphone.

The "oops moment" for HTC happened a couple of hours ago, right before the launch of its new U12 Plus. It's the HTC U12+, as this codename has also surfaced in some earlier camera samples of the HTC U12+ that appeared on Google+. Then there also is a 6 GB RAM along with storage configuration of 64 GB and 128 GB, with the option to another 2 TB via microSD cards. The two rear cameras include a 12MP wide angle UltraPixel 4 camera with fast autofocus, HDR Boost 2, optical image stabilization, and f/1.75 aperture, while the other rear camera is a 16MP shooter with 2x optical zoom and f/2.6 aperture. HTC's Sense UI atop Android 8.0 Oreo is doing duty here. It will also have dual 8MP cameras on the front for selfies, geared with features such as Bokeh mode, Face unlock, Screen flash, AR stickers, and more.

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One of the notable hardware upgrades comes in the form of dual rear- and front-mounted cameras. The front camera can shoot 1080p videos.

All this is backed up by a 3,500 mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 support which charges the phone up to 50 percent in half an hour of charging. However, neither phone supports wireless charging.

In terms of videos, the HTC U12+ offers all the classic features. A USB-C 3.1 port is on the bottom, and there's WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and 4G LTE support for AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile.

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It's highly likely you'll never see this device in South Africa, but for what it's worth, it'll be sold in three colours: Ceramic Black, Flame Red, and a pretty awesome semi-transparent Translucent Blue sheen.

In the U.S. the pre-order campaign also starts today. Talking about the pricing, the 64GB variant is priced at $799 while the 128GB variant is priced at $849.

We'll let you know how well the HTC U12 Plus's perform when we've fully put them to the test, but we quite liked the HTC U11's in our review, though noted that it was easy to accidentally cover them.

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