HTC has put out great flagship phones in two consecutive years with the HTC 10 and the HTC U11. The Taiwanese company is hoping to continue that winning streak with the HTC U12 Plus. But what can we expect from the next HTC flagship? Here’s everything we know about the HTC U12 Plus so far.
It seems that buyers may haveonly one choice to make when buying the HTC U12, and that’s the choice between 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. We had suspected the U12 Plus would contain Qualcomm’s latest processor even before a leaked list of phones containing the upcoming powerful Snapdragon 845 was leaked. With many 2018 flagships containing Qualcomm’s latest chip, it would have been odd if HTC released a flagship without it.
According to leaksfrom Verizon Open Development Lab, the U12 Plus will come with a 6-inch LED display — this contradicts an earlier rumor that saidthe phone would ship with an OLED display. Granted, we can’t verify the information on Verizon’s site, but registration to use the site requires a completed nondisclosure agreement, as well as a certificate of insurance.
There are several rumors regarding the battery in the upcoming HTC U12, with older rumors stating it would have a 3,420mAh capacity. The latest rumor from Verizon’s Open Development site shows the U12 will feature a hefty 3,500mAh battery.The HTC U12 Plus should launch with the latest version of Android Oreo, and have HTC’s Sense UI laid over the top.
The latest leaks come from phone leaker Evan Blass, who took to Twitter to post a complete list of what are believed to be the official specs, only six days away from the device’s unveiling.
(Full specs) pic.twitter.com/tYHcHwG5iD
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 17, 2018
According to the leak, the device will include a Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, and the option of 64GB or 256GB of storage, along with a 6-inch Quad HD+ resolution LCD display. As for its operating system, it’s believed to run Android 8.0 Oreo. The specs sheet also listed the HTC U12 Plus to include a 3,500mAH battery, which corroborates prior reports.
What will the HTC U12 Plus look like? We’ve seen several leaks to give us some strong clues. Blass tweeted renders of the HTC U12 in three colorways. Earlier,GSMArena reported the device will be available in Black, Rose Red, Violet, and Translucent — the renders below seem to show what could either be the Rose Red or Violet, as well as the black.While HTC offered a semi-transparent version of the HTC U11, this would be the first time the smartphone manufacturer offered a phone with a completely transparent body.
HTC U12+ pic.twitter.com/HL48YuoRzr
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 17, 2018
Prior to these renders, Blass also posted an image showing the U12 Plus with a large screen and dual-lens cameras on both the front and the back of the phone. It also has a fingerprint sensor on the back.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) March 15, 2018
At a trade show in Taiwan, unreleased HTC phones were on display, and a tweet from #iamaniff, a senior member at XDA Developers, gave us a glimpse of them. While names were not revealed, the design appears similar to other HTC U12 Plus leaks.The tops and bottoms of the units had been covered up, presumably to aid in stand stability — but also to stop further details of a new phone from leaking. While not confirmed, these were likely test units of the new HTC U12 Plus.
"HTC today (1/29) participated in the inaugural meeting of "Taiwan 5G Industry Alliance – Chunghwa Telecom Pilot Team," featuring Vive PRO, Vive Focus, unlisted VR devices from Taiwan and HTC phones that have not been released to the public" pic.twitter.com/dZaMBygO39
— sheisfixingherhair (@iamaniff) January 30, 2018
Whether Edge Sense will return also remains to be seen. The “squeeze-to-activate” function was well-received enough on the HTC U11 for Google to request the feature in the Pixel 2 range, and so it seems likely that it would return in the U12 Plus. Of course, HTC may decide to try something new instead. The leaked specs sheet does list the device will include HTC Edge Sense 2 — allowing users to squeeze to access apps or control the phone, double tap for a mini screen when using the phone with one-hand, customizable gestures, and more.
HTC has said its next flagship phone will arrive on May 23, calling it, “A phone that is more than the sum of its specs.” Although it hasn’t said the name of the mystery device, it’s likely to be the HTC U12 Plus. Previous rumors placed the U12 Plus’s announcement somewhere in May, when it’s expected to be joined bythe Desire 12 and Desire 12 Plus.
Coming Soon. A phone that is more than the sum of its specs. pic.twitter.com/8P32Ri7hs5
HTC UK (@HTC_UK) May 3, 2018
The 128GB model is expected to cost 23,990 new Taiwan dollars (around $810), so expect the 64GB model to be in the $600 to $700 range.
Wondering if you missed the HTC U12? You didn’t. Rumorsclaim HTC will skip the U12 name and opt for calling the new phone the HTC U12 Plus. This is apparently for branding reasons, and to stop the HTC U12 from being seen as a lesser product compared to the latest Galaxy S9 or iPhone X. Any rumors related to the U12, likely apply to the U12 Plus.
HTC has often made strong camera phones. Will the U12 Plus be another? A dual-lens setup is highly likely, according to evidence found in the data attached to a series of leaked U12 Plus sample photos by Let’s Go Mobile and Mobielkopen. Based on this, the primary lens on the HTC U12 Plus will probably come in at 12 megapixels and feature an f/1.8 aperture. We believe the secondary lens on the U12 Plus may also come in at 12 megapixels with an f/2.4 aperture; this lens is likely aimed at creating portrait mode photos that have become common on other phones.
The latest leak by Blass shows the device will include dual cameras on not only the front, but also the back. On the back of the device, you’ll have a 12-megapixel sensor and 16-megapixel sensor. On the front, there will be two 8-megapixel sensors. As for recording video, the main camera can reportedly shoot in 4K at 60 frames per second (fps) and the front-facing camera can shoot in full HD 1080p.
Updated on May 17, 2018: Addedleaked specs and renders for the HTC U12 Plus