HTC U12+: Like a Pixel without the pratfalls, or eye-watering price tag | 5/23/2018 | Staff
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Hands On It may be news to you that HTC is still with us, but the fact it's here is good news for phone buyers. HTC's only flagship smartphone of 2018 looks like a sensibly priced alternative to the Pixel and Galaxy, without the eccentricities and flaws of the Huawei P20 Pro.

HTC is hanging on in the phone business by its impeccably manicured fingernails – and you may wonder why it bothers to hang on at all. Revenue hit a 14-year low in April, and a significant portion of its engineering resources have been bought by Google. The phone boss left in February. It's VR or bust, you might think.

Device - Package - Video - Camera - Performance

But from my brief hands-on with the device, it's a lovely package that promises much: outstanding video and camera performance, a clean UI experience, and a more-useful-than-ever side squeezability. This is where you squeeze the sides of the phones to invoke an action or launch an app. It's no longer novel to HTC, but in Google's phone it merely evokes the sinister data-slurping Clippy-style assistant.

The Pixel 2 is justifiably lauded as the best camera on a phone, and if you look for a deal, you can find one for a similar price to HTC's newcomer, well below the £799 list price. But the HTC U12+ camera isn't far off, touts far superior video with great audio recording quality, and an expansion slot.

Design-wise - U12+ - U11 - Light - Slippery

Design-wise, the U12+ is somewhere between the U11 (which feels light and particularly slippery) and the chunkier U11+, a slab that was seemingly designed to be the Pixel 2 XL but lost out in the beauty contest to LG.

That may not mean anything to you – the U11 was hard to find, and the U11+ that followed a few months later was even more elusive. The U12+ is almost the...
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