HTC U12 Plus Review

June 17, 2019 | Amy Davies |

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While we thoroughly applaud HTC for trying to be innovative with this handset, in a smartphone world that sorely needs differentiation, it doesn't mean that we have to like what's on show. In the same way that we don't need our phones to be able to also churn butter, the non-mechanical volume buttons are a pointless change. That said, this is a powerful phone with amazing audio and a half-decent camera... it's just not the best to use.
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HTC’s uncertain future has been punctuated by a surprisingly strong entrant in the flagship smartphone space for 2018. The name alone might raise questions about the existence of an HTC U12 but to put those to rest, there is no such phone, unlike the iPhone 8 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, HTC simply jumped from the HTC U11 Plus to the U12 Plus in a matter of months.
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When we first reviewed the HTC U12+ back in June, it was kind of a mess. That was almost exclusively the fault of the digital buttons: the pressure sensitive nubs that replaced the power and volume keys. More generally, the Edge Sense 2 features, which includes all the phone's pressure-sensitive capabilities, were equally wonky out of the box. Problems included ghost presses, wildly varying sensitivity, in some cases leading to the phone hard resetting itself due to ghost input.
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