Performance

This handset central processor is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (8 Cores, 2.8 GHz) which has access to 6 GB of memory (RAM). We have covered this chip extensively, and you can follow the link above if you want to know all the juicy details. Snapdragon 845 is the best hardware platform on Android at the moment.

The amount of RAM is essential for power-users, or for having many apps/services on the device. When the memory is tight, the phone may become less responsive if the system has to read/write from the slower Flash storage instead. This used to be one of the significant differences between low and high tiers of phones, but this line is blurry now.

"SNAPDRAGON 845 IS THE BEST HARDWARE PLATFORM ON ANDROID"

We will run benchmarks later when the final firmware arrives, but so far, all Snapdragon 845 phones exhibit a comparable level of performance. That makes complete sense, and you can look at our Snapdragon 845 performance review if you want.

It is critical to understand that most benchmarks are only loose pointers, usually for CPU or graphics performance. It is possible to perceive sharp performance gaps among different classes of handsets (entry-level, mid-range vs. high-end), but it is less obvious to do so within phones of the same class. Benchmarks alone should NOT lead to a smartphone purchase decision. To learn more, read our Are Benchmarks Important? article.

Gaming performance tests apply mainly to complex games using 3D graphics. Casual games like puzzles and 2D games do not need this kind of power and can run virtually on any recent smartphone.

Wireless Broadband Performance

Wireless networks (3G/4G) performance is often thought as peak download/upload speeds, but it is the average speed that counts. These days 4G/LTE is the primary network of interest, but 5G is coming. The higher the paper LTE performance and the better the average real-world performance. Also, cellular carriers have better and more efficient LTE networks to lower their own costs.

The U12+ has a CAT18 LTE modem (1200 Mbps download / 150 Mbps upload). This level of performance is excellent in its category and also excellent in general. Just hope that your wireless carrier supports it, but if not, it makes things a bit more future proof. Don’t forget that 5G is based on a strong 4G LTE coverage.

Conclusion

The HTC U12+ is definitely in high-end territory, but addresses a specific crowd because it has difficulties to compete on many fronts. While being a very good phone in general, it doesn’t have the best display, is not a feat of industrial design, nor has the best camera. It is therefore difficult, but not impossible,to compete in any combination of these niches.

"EDGE SENSE 2 AND ITS FLEXIBILITY CAN BE ADDICTIVE"

That said, users who like the Squeeze feature, or heavily use Portrait Bokeh mode will find a great deal of quality and value here. The industrial design could be of particular interest as well, but you can decide for yourself, we often try to focus on the technical side of design, like how much tech is packed in a small volume, what manufacturing process is required to build a part.

Finally, the HTC U12+ (Official page) has a powerful loudspeaker system, and if you like to use your phone that way, there are only a handful of choices on the market.

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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