Google-owned HTC is back with a new flagship smartphone at the cost of $799. The U12 Plus smartphone is an upgrade to the most acclaimed U11 features plus, it avoids the infamous notched display trend that has been present in most of the next-gen smartphones, especially in Android handset makers who are known for copying these trendy features.
This model is available for preorder since May 23 via Amazon or HTC store at the price of $799 for the 64GB model in translucent blue or ceramic black vessels. There will also be a 128 GB variant version, but it won’t be available in online stores.
The new HTC Plus is squeezable and has a beautiful modern design, but many have come to question if this is enough to make it to the top of the market. This model, however, packs four cameras, two in the back and two in the front, and also it has a new set of ways to interact with users via squeeze, but it may be hard to get used to the several specific gestures to do this.
— Qualcomm (@Qualcomm) May 23, 2018
HTC adds a squeezable feature
The squeezing feature works just the same as it does in the Google Pixel 2, even if the phone is in idle or in rest mode, users should only squeeze the handset’s chassis and just give a command with the voice. This feature basically consists of a button that is not a button, making the HTC U12 sleep/wake and volume buttons just feedback illusions.
HTC got rid of all mechanical buttons to reduce the risk of having consumers looking for replacement keys, and to do this they included digital buttons to the screen of the smartphone. This also gives this model an advantage over the iPhone 7 and 7 plus, allowing the U12 to improve its water and dust resistant features.
✔️ Pressure Sensitive Buttons
✔️ New touch feedback experience
✔️ Intelligent and interactive edges that let you do more with one hand
✔️ Plus a whole lot more
— HTC (@htc) May 25, 2018
U12+ design and bigger screen
The U12 will come with a 6-inch display, and the fingerprint sensor was also changed to the back of the phone so that the screen could be extended, making the 6.16-inch long U12 plus just a bit taller than its predecessor.
However, the display wasn’t made full screen, as it presents a very small vessel for the 2 cameras, and the LCD screen is bound to be difficult to look at in the sunlight. However, it does present some very neat color presentations, and it certainly is a good alternative to classic, more expensive options. Nonetheless, it is not designed to be a more affordable phone in the smartphone race.