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HTC U12+ technical specs and renders spilled on Twitter

HTC is working on the successor to the HTC U11, codenamed Imagine, which may have already appeared in photos at a 5G industry event. Leaks continue to flow and now, thanks to Evan Blass, we know the technical specifications of the U12+.

The latest news reveals U12+ specs and design

We know pretty much everything about the U12+. In case you need some more confirmation about the hardware for the brand's future flagship, Evan Blass once again has revealed more: this time, the technical specifications. They are all listed and divided by categories: design, processor, display, memory, camera, sound, sensors, battery, additional features...Nothing seems to be missing!

Beyond the battery, the other numbers coincide with the previous leaks:

But the specifications are not all Blass has up his sleeve. Along with the specs, he posted from renders depicting the HTC U12+ in three different colors: glossy black, opaque black and violet.

What do you think of the phone so far? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts!

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Everything we know about the HTC U12+


HTC set the date for the U12 launch event 

HTC has announced the date for an event via Twitter. It is easy to guess that this is intended for the official presentation of the HTC U12 (or U12+) - so it will be on May 23rd.

Information about the location, the exact start time and any live stream remains blank. As soon as we know these details, we will keep you posted here.

What will the HTC U12+ look like?

The HTC U12+ has shown up online, as a Taiwanese screen protector company posted a listing that shows images of the device. The renders seem consistent and they represent the best look we've seen of HTC's next plus-sized flagship to date. Pictured are the dual rear and dual front cameras we've been hearing about in previous leaks, and the familiar Liquid Surface design.

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It's certainly an attractive device. / © AndroidPIT

New materials and colors in the works

It's no surprise to anyone who knows about smartphone design trends that we'll see a metal body encased in glass. Glass that, to the frustration of many, attracts fingerprint marks and cracks easily, all in the name of a glossy premium look.

But according to HTC Source, it would seem that HTC wants to use glass once again in the back of the smartphone but this time with a matte white finish. This would help to reduce the unsightly fingerprint marks on the back, although it is also likely to diminish the unique reflections seen in the Liquid Surface design on the U11 family and other HTC models.

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A matte Liquid Surface? / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

Matte white glass would certainly be an interesting choice, as no manufacturer has ever opted for this for a smartphone before. If HTC pulls this off well, this could help the U12+ stand out from the rest of the market in 2018.

Bezels are out

The HTC U12+ finds itself at the center of rumors once again. First of all, it seemed that there would be two U12+ models: the"normal" and the"plus", as is the case with the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+. But it's just the U12+ that has been coming up on the radar. The device has been leaked by Evan Blass, showing a smartphone with a mainly classic design, but with a twist: the 4 cameras that we mentioned earlier when talking about the latest leaks (2 at the front, 2 at the back).

Will it have 5G?

HTC's future flagship appeared at a 5G event in Taiwan, and it's safe to say that the manufacturer will continue to follow the bezel-less trend with a sleek 18:9 screen, similar to that of the U11+. Thanks to the internet, the device's appearance didn't go unnoticed:

Evan Blass tweeted about the sneak peek at the new smartphone and also revealed a possible code name:

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The HTC U12+ appears at a 5G event in Taiwan / © SOGI.com.tw

If you're questioning the legitimacy of these new leaks, you can take a closer look at the device in a video clip from the event, and although it doesn't give us much more information, it does make everything seem more credible. A device render that we saw earlier this year is also consistent with the new images. 

However, although it was showcased at a 5G event, it doesn't necessarily mean that it will use it, and considering that this new technology is still in testing phase in many parts of the world, it doesn't seem likely. Taking a closer look at the images above from the event, the U12+ has reached a download speed of 809.58 Mbps suggesting that it will have the zippy Qualcomm X20 LTE modem.

Specs surfaced in leaks

Information from the reliable @LlabTooFer on Twitter spilled the beans on all the key specs of the HTC Imagine, also known as the U12+. The device will pack a Sony IMX3xx sensor for its 12MP+16MP dual rear camera.

But that's not all it has going for it., the new flagship should have no problem keeping up with the 2018 competition. Powering the HTC smartphone are the latest Snapdragon 845 SoC, up to 6GB RAM, up to 256GB internal storage and a 3,420 mAh battery capacity.

The U12+ will have Edge Sense 2.0, as well as HTC face unlock to go with its single 8MP selfie shooter. The device will have a 5.99-inch QHD+ display, which seems consistent with the tall mystery device we saw photos of from an industry event before. Another tweet by the leaker says it will have a MicroSD card slot, but to forget about the standard headphone jack because its "it's almost dead in High-End smartphone industry".

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What technologies does HTC have in store for the U12+ camera? / © AndroidPIT

It seems that HTC is making its comeback with dual cameras (which had been a precursor with the HTC One M8) using a 12-megapixel sensor and a 16-megapixel sensor on the back, and it will remain at 8MP for selfies, supporting the latest leaks.

HTC U12+: Technical Specifications

HTC U12+ Technical Specifications
Display LCD, 5.99 inches, 2960x1440 pixel
OS Android 8.1 Oreo
Processor Snapdragon 845
RAM 6GB
Memory 128GB
Camera 12+16 MP (rear) / 8+8 MP (front)
Battery 3420mAh

Price and availability

Sprint had the U11 exclusively last year, but it looks like we could see some other options this time around.

Cell carrier Verizon occasionally showcases as yet unreleased devices on its Open Development website, and this time it's given us a sneak preview of the HTC U12, which appeared in the "new" section of the site..

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Don't panic, that's not it in the picture. / © Verizon

Although the picture on the left shows a decidedly dated-looking (but still excellent) HTC U11, the information on the left contains a few interesting tidbits. The device is listed as the HTC U12, not the U12+, and right now we can't tell if we're seeing the definitive flagship, or just one version of it.

The Taiwanese manufacturer's upcoming flagship is listed as having a  "frameless" (bezel-less to everyone else) Super LCD 6-gen display with WQHD resolution, and Gorilla Glass protection.

The U12 will be rated IP68 for water resistance, and packs a hefty 3500mAh battery. Other features like Bluetooth 5.0 or 4K video recording are only to be expected from a new flagship. On the software side, we see Android 8.0 with the HTC Sense Companion overlay.

Curiously, the Verizon Open Development listing lists LTE Cat 12, though, a rather outdated standard, especially considering that the Snapdragon 845 comes with Cat 18. One should hope that the release version of the device will be able to use its wireless capability to the fullest. 

As for the price, another leak reveals what we can expect when it comes to the U12+. The leak reveals a four camera set-up, pricing and more:

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The U12+ could cost around $980 / © Slashleaks

As expected, the U12+ will be packing the Snapdragon 845 processor with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. On the outside, the device will have a 5.99 inch LCD display and a Quad HD+ resolution (2960 x 1440 pixels).

The leak also suggests that the flagship will boast four cameras including a dual rear 12MP + 16MP camera, plus a dual front 8MP camera. Supporting all of this will be a 3420mAh battery, and it will be running Oreo 8.1 straight out of the box. 

At the moment, we only know that it will be 799 Euros, which if true means that there will be no price jump from the U11. As always, we'll keep you updated once we know more about the pricing for the US. It's certainly not cheap, but it is more affordable than competitors latest devices, such as the Huawei P20 Pro or the Galaxy S9 Plus.

Will these specs with this design be enough to sell the HTC U12+?

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  • storm 1 month ago Link to comment

    Yawn, another boring bit of glass me-too-ism. It's like there's one phone and they all buy the same thing and then just stamp their logo on it. Is there a point to having ten makers doing the same thing over and over again?


  • Sorin 3 months ago Link to comment

    However, it is not better than P20 pro!


  • Excited for this device. HTC should focus on it's marketing coz there are guys out there who doesn't even knows HTC still makes such great phones.


  • remyj 5 months ago Link to comment

    Imagine HTC taking this phone and leaving off their Sense overlay and installing pure Android. And imagine they had mysterious camera software that had a striking resemblance to the pixel 2 camera software. Then they back it up with 3 year software updates like pixels do. Get it added to approved phone lists on Project fi and Republic Wireless. Top it off with a model listed in Amazon Exclusive phones and a competitive price. They might then have a sleeper success on their hands.


  • Why not try to market this phone? Plus their carrier distribution sucks, no wonder their sales are always in the toilet just flush!


    • Old school for HTC continues to fail. Their CEO Cher Wanger & upper management need to be fired. Their marketing & carrier distribution is awful. Isn't it time for change? If the U12 is anything like the U11 it will be a stellar phone. All they need to do is get it in the hands of consumer's. This is not rocket science! Wouldn't you like to have banner sales instead of always being in the red! What good is a billion dollar infusion if not used properly! Yikes!