Curiosity 24 May
The Taiwanese giant HTC recently announced their much awaited first flagship of 2018 as U12+. The company officially confirmed that U12+ is the only flagship from HTC for this year. The company announced the Plus variant a bit early to make sure HTC fans don't wait for the plus variant after regular U12. So for this year if you are looking for a flagship smartphone from HTC the U12+ is the only option. Undoubtedly the U12+ is one of the most striking flagships of this year with strikingly beautiful design, top of the line hardware and cameras but all this come with a hefty price tag.
The HTC U12+ falls in the premium flagships category. The device is pretty much on par to compete against the latest top-tier flagships including Huawei P20 Pro and Galaxy S9+. HTC retained the glass and metal sandwich design which they introduced last year with the U11, however, the new design brings a number of new refinements as well but the good thing is HTC U12+ features the complete top bezel instead of notch like most of the latest flagships.
As the U12+ is announced late in 2018 that's why it has to face stiff competition from already announced flagships smartphones. The main competition will be from those smartphones which are offering somewhat similar specs at fraction of price tag like the OnePlus 6. The OnePlus 6 was announced few days ahead of U12+ and it is currently available in many markets soon after the announcement. Both the U12+ and Oneplus 6 certainly will attract those who are looking for a new features riched flagship smartphone.
Today we will put the U12+ in competition against the OnePlus 6 to know in detail how the HTC's latest premium smartphone stacks up against the latest flagships killer OnePlus 6. We will compare both the devices on a number of aspects including design, display, hardware and much more. Without any further delay, let's start with the design.
73.9 x 156.6 x 8.7 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
75.4 x 155.7 x 7.75 mm
6.28 inches - 2280x1080 px
HTC took design queues from their last year's flagships but that doesn't mean they didn't improve at all. The company once again opted for a metal chassis with Liquid glass surface covering the rear side. That's why overall feel of U12+ isn't much changed from the predecessor. Now the U12+ is available in a number of color variants including Black, Translucent Blue, and Flame Red. Every color has its own feel, the Flame Red provides different ambiance from different angles, the Translucent variant showcases internals including NFC wire and other stuff.
Another improvement in the design of U12+ is its front-facing on-screen buttons provide haptic feedback, it is something which is worth appreciating. The U12+ rear side is now adorned with dual cameras placed horizontally in the center with fingerprint scanner below it. The U12+ frame is also squeezable like its predecessor but now it is upgraded to Edge Sense 2.0.
OnePlus for the first time introduced a glass and metal sandwich design. The company claims the rear glass feel is different from regular rear glass devices due to special texture layer. However, you can easily identify the device as OnePlus smartphone thanks to its overall aesthetics. OnePlus followed the latest notch design trend that's why you won't find complete physical bezel at the top, however, the good thing is you can put the black bar at the top via settings if you don't prefer notch. The company's trademark alert slider button is now shifted to the right side.
On the rear, the dual cameras are now placed vertically in the center. The fingerprint scanner is on the rear side below the camera modules. The OnePlus 6 takes lead by having the traditional 3.5mm headphone whereas U12+ rely on the USB-C headphones. The U12+ is IP68 certified device which means it can resist up to 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage whereas OnePlus 6 comes with a special sealing to resist water and shower water. As both have glass rear so it is now up to customer which design they prefer.
Both the devices have a full front-facing display with gigantic screens. The OnePlus 6 features a 6.3-inches display panel with Full HD+ screen resolution. Its a Super AMOLED panel with a screen resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19:9 and the pixels density is 402 pixels-per-inch.
On the other hand, the U12+ sports a display panel of 6.0-inches with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 2:1 and the pixels density is 537 pixels-per-inch. Although the U12+ has higher screen resolution it comes with LCD 6 panel whereas the display panel on the OnePlus 6 is AMOLED. The colors vibrancy, contrast ratio and deep blacks of the OnePlus 6 panel is better than the U12+'s LCD panel.
As OS both the devices is pre-installed with the Android Oreo 8.0 with different custom UI layer over it. The OnePlus 6 custom UI layer is Oxygen OS which is quite close to stock Android OS whereas the U12+ feature HTC's Edge Sense UI. HTC's version of UI is also quite clean but not as close to stock OS as Oxygen OS.
Both the devices are officially confirmed to receive the Android P update. The OnePlus 6 has an advantage here as it supports Android P beta version straight out of the box. This clearly indicates OnePlus 6 owners can expect Android P update earlier than U12+. The U12+ has three Assistants straight out of the box including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Edge Sense Assistant.
Under the hood, both the devices are packed with the latest best hardware straight out of the box. The Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset is powering both the devices. It is currently one of the fastest SoC in the market which is capable enough to cater your HIFI multi-tasking tasks and games. Both the devices have 6GB RAM variants with 64GB native storage. The OnePlus 6 has a top-tier variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Unfortunately, the OnePlus 6 doesn't support memory expansion via MicroSD whereas U12+ users can expand storage up to 2TB using MicroSD card.
For those who are looking for a powerhouse, the OnePlus 6 will be a better choice as its top of the line variant has 8GB RAM whereas U12+ comes with memory expansion option. Overall in the performance department, both the devices are future proof no matter which flagship smartphone you opt.
|Specs||HTC U12+||OnePlus 6|
|Screen resolution||1440 x 2880 pixels||1080 x 2280 pixels|
|Chipset||Snapdrago 845||Snapdragon 845|
|Storage||64,128GB Expandable via MicroSD||64,128,256GB Non-Expandable|
|Rear camera||12+16GB||Dual 12MP|
|Front camera||Dual 8MP||16MP|
|3.5mm headphone jack||No||Yes|
|OS||Android Oreo||Android Oreo|
Despite the fact the U11 features single rear snapper, it was one of the best cameras of last year. This year HTC stepped up their game by introducing dual cameras on the front as well as on the rear side. As per latest DxOMark ratings, the U12+ is the second best smartphone in the market on the basis of camera setup. The primary sensor is 12MP with f/1.75 aperture and optical image stabilization. The primary sensor features the company's Ultra Pixel 4 tech which brings significant improvements over the last year's UltraPixel 3. The secondary sensor on the U12+ is a telephoto sensor of 16MP with f/2.6 aperture and optical zoom up to 2x.
This year OnePlus instead of testing something new, they retained the last year's camera setup. Both the rear cameras are primary sensors of 16MP+20MP respectively. Both the sensors aperture size are f/1.7. The new setup primary sensor comes with optical image stabilization whereas the company claims the new setup comes with 19% larger sensors.
Up front, the selfie camera on the U12+ is dual 8MP modules. Both the front and rear cameras of U12+ brings bokeh effect which allows the user to blur the background and capture solely the subject. On the other hand, the OnePlus 6 front-facing camera is 16MP with f/2.0 aperture. Although OnePlus 6 cameras don't bring bokeh effect straight out of the box the company confirms an upcoming update will bring this feature pretty soon.
Thanks to better camera setup the U12+ takes lead in this department. Although the OnePlus 6 is also capable to capture great shots the U12+ has the upper hand due to the telephoto sensor and dual cameras on the front.
The U12+ is powered up by a fairly larger battery cell of 3,500mAh. It is isn't as larger as its predecessor which comes with nearly 4,000mAH cell. Still is 2,00mAh bigger than OnePlus 6. The battery cell on the OnePlus 6 is 3,300mAh. Both the devices support fast charging but the Dash Charge on the OnePlus 6 works more efficiently as opposed to Qualcomm's Quick Charge on U12+.
Despite having glass rear both the devices lacks support for wireless charging. It's quite surprising why both the companies didn't adopt the latest trend.
As far as availability is a concern both the devices will be widely available in almost all regions but the OnePlus 6 hit major markets in just a few days after the unveiling whereas U12+ will take few days to reach out to all markets.
OnePlus 6 base variant with 64GB storage can be grabbed for $529 whereas the U12+ is one of the expensive flagships in the market as it costs $799 (£699 and 699 Euros for the UK and European customers respectively). The OnePlus 6 standard variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage can be purchased for $579 whereas the 128GB variant of U12+ costs $849. There is a premium variant of OnePlus 6 with 256GB storage, it costs $629.
So if you are looking for a better value for your bucks the OnePlus 6 is a better choice but if you spend more the U12+ is bringing a number of extra features.
In most aspects of being the best flagships race, both the devices are quite close to each other. The U12+ cons are its expensive price tag and LCD display panel whereas OnePlus 6 lacks in camera race. Although the OnePlus 6 display tech is superior it lacks in resolution. It doesn't have any IP-ratings whereas the U12+ comes with the best possible rating. In-camera section the U12+ has an upper hand due to better dual camera setup on the rear and dual selfie cameras.
On the software front both the devices are on par to each as both are on the Android Oreo, however, it is now your own preference whether you like near stock Oxygen OS or HTC's Edge Sense with bloatware. In the end, the price tag will play a significant role here as most of the OnePlus 6 buyers are not willing to spend extra bucks and U12+ have few additions. Now whether the U12+ have enough extra goodies to attract buyers to spend more amount or not? Feel free to share your views with fellow readers in the comments section below. Stay tuned, we will be bringing more comparisons and previews in coming days.