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HTC U12+

HTC U12+

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HTC U12+ Review

HTC U12+ Review

Posted   06.19.18
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65 Engadget Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
65

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

There’s no real reason to choose the HTC U12+ over any other 2018 Android flagship. Sure, it has a good camera, a big, beautiful display and is appropriately priced, but there are too many viable alternatives. What’s more, the day-to-day user experience is often ruined by pressure-sensitive power and volume keys that seem to have minds of their own.

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Pros
  • Great display and audio
  • One of the best cameras around
  • Solid performance with the latest mobile chip
Cons
  • Terrible and frustrating pressure-sensitive power and volume keys
  • Not quite as responsive as other flagships
  • Front-facing dual camera isn’t great
65 Engadget Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
65

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

65
 

User Reviews

90
Manchun
Overall HTC U12 is good mobile phone battery backup is very poor.
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Score Breakdown

 
69
Average Critic Score
 
80
Mobile Syrup
The phone feels great in the hand and the new buttons are unique. The dual camera setup takes stellar pictures and the phone is such a powerhouse.
 
80
phoneArena
Priced at $799 for a 64 GB version and $849 for 128 – both with 6 GB RAM and expandable storage – the HTC U12+ is a high-value device with mostly excellent execution, but some dreadful side buttons. We hope these improve with software updates, because otherwise it’s a phone whose performance we rather enjoy.
 
60
Tech Advisor
If you love the design and the software quirks and want a smartphone camera that excels while costing less than the Pixel 2 XL and Huawei P20 Pro, then this could be a phone to consider. But ultimately there are simply better – and cheaper – high-end phones to choose from.
 
80
Expert Reviews
Had it arrived six months ago, it might have been a showstopper. As it is, the HTC U12+ is good but not quite good enough.
 
40
Android Central
HTC's new high-end offering is speedy, with impressive glass-backed designs and very capable cameras, but it's undone by a busted digital button setup.
 
60
Digital Trends
Frustrating digital buttons and dull software throw an otherwise attractive phone under the bus.
 
70
PC Mag
The HTC U12+ is an attractive phone that hits all the modern trends, but there isn't much to distinguish it from other flagship models.
 
80
What Hi-Fi
The U12+ won’t rock the smartphone world, but its ‘squeezable’ features and decent camera are worth a punt.
 
70
Mashable
The HTC U12+ is a very capable flagship Android phone with a premium design, great cameras, and 2018 performance, but it's dragged down by crummy pressure-sensitive buttons and gimmicky Edge Sense 2 features.
 
80
T3
The HTC U12+ is a refined yet contradictory version of the company's outgoing HTC U11+ that is aimed squarely at tech enthusiasts. The phone comes loaded with a very competitive suite of internal hardware, an on-trend 18:9 aspect ratio screen, a very high quality camera system, and a selection of neat features like Edge Sense 2, dual-camera face unlock, and Hi-Fi edition BoomSound speakers that help separate it from other flagship devices. Innovative but flawed features like non-mechanical haptic buttons, as well as a merely acceptable battery and - once more - a lack of carriers in the UK, take some sheen off the overall package, though.

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