Display

The HTC U12+ features a Super LCD 6 display (2880×1440, 18:9 ratio). In many ways, the performance is similar to an IPS LCD display. However, there are small differences. Super LCD is supposed to reduce the air gap in-between layers, making the actual LCD panel seem closer to the protective glass.

The screen has relatively thin bezels on the sides, but the top and bottom ones are still pretty thick for 2018. That said it has an 18:9 aspect ratio which is quite popular in the Premium and high-end segments.

This smartphone is also one of the few handsets with LCD display that supports always-on notifications on the primary display. The LG G5 and more recent models introduced this with LCD screen by being able to reduce the back-lighting necessary for such a feature. It was always dimmer than the OLED equivalent but got the job done. The same is true for the HTC U12+.

The display brightness of is 437 NITs is quite good, but there are much brighter displays on the market, like the 1000-Nit LG G7 ThinQ LCD display. In general, a brighter display is needed to see the screen content on a sunny day (or bright environment). Higher brightness is responsible for better image quality (color + sharpness) in very common situations.

Strangely, this screen is also HDR-certified (High Dynamic Range). HDR-certified handsets can replay HDR media. often, a brightness of at least 600-800 NITs is required, but apparently ~437 seems to be enough in this case. There is much more to HDR image quality than simply a bright screen, but it’s the basic requirement for it.

Display technical analysis

The U12+ display uses the Super-LCD 6 technology which is proprietary to HTC. It looks and feels like an IPS LCD panel. IPS/PLS LCD technology made LCD displays so good, first on mobile, then everywhere else. IPS/PLS can reproduce more colors than regular LCD, with higher color saturation and wider view angles.

Within the swath of IPS LCD displays there are still some differences, but in general IPS/PLS are much superior to basic LCD displays. However, LCD an IPS/PLS LCD displays as a group are not as technologically edgy as OLED panels which have even better contrast ratio and color saturation.

The Super-LCD 6 screen doesn’t produce perfect blacks but stays within striking distance of other LCD screens in the same high-end category. If you really want true black, just go OLED.

While it is feasible to design excellent LCD displays that perform at a near-equal level to OLED, these LCD screens should be seen as the exceptions, and they may not have any of the natural advantages associated with LCD (vs. OLED). You can read our complete LCD vs. OLED article to learn more.

The resolution of 2880×1440 would be considered to be very high in absolute terms and compared to the competition it would be the norm for this price-range.

Overall product rating: 8/10

Filed in Cellphones >Reviews. Read more about Android, HTC, HTC U12 Plus.

Display
6"
2880x1440
IPS LCD
537 PPI
Price
~$799 - Amazon
Camera
12 MP
F1.75 Aperture F-Stop
OIS
Weight
188 g
Battery
3500 mAh
Non-Removable
No Wireless Charg.
Launched in
2018-05-23
System
6GB RAM
Snapdragon 845 + MicroSD
Storage (GB)
64, 128
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