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HTC U12+ hands-on: Bigger, better, and just a bit weirder

Last year, it felt like the sudden rise of smartphones with extra-wide-aspect-ratio screens — those starting at 18:9 and going up from there — caught HTC by surprise. While spring flagships from the likes of LG and Samsung were early adopters of the new screen geometry, HTC's U11 came across like a leftover from 2016, with its bog-standard 5.5-inch 16:9 panel.

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HTC U12+ is official, with dual cameras, Edge Sense 2, and a stunning Translucent Blue color option

HTC may not be the force it once was in the Android smartphone market, particularly after selling off a chunk of its hardware unit to Google, but it's still capable of producing a compelling phone. Last year, the Taiwanese OEM returned to form somewhat with the U11, before following it up with a plus model that better aligned with some 2017 smartphone trends. The U11+ bumped the display up to an 18:9 (6" instead of 5.5") panel, moved the fingerprint sensor to the rear, and shaved off some bezel all around.

You'd be forgiven for expecting to see both a U12 and U12+ launch this year, but you'd be wrong.

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HTC accidentally leaks the pricey U12+ not once, but twice

HTC's next flagship, the U12+, has cropped up a few times over the past few months. The phone was shown at a 5G industry event, and just a few days ago, images and specifications were leaked by Evan Blass on Twitter. It seems HTC is one leaky ship, as the company itself is responsible for the latest set of leaks. Congratulations HTC, you played yourself.

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HTC U12+ leaked with Snapdragon 845 and 'Edge Sense 2'

It has been exactly one year and a day since the HTC U11 was unveiled, marking the beginning of the company's 'Liquid Metal' design language. Plenty has happened since then; Google purchased a large chunk of HTC's hardware team, and both the U11 Life and U11+ have been released.

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HTC just announced a blockchain-powered phone because whatever

We have blockchains for currencies, blockchains for sex, and blockchains for phones. Or is it phones for blockchains? Either way, add HTC to the list of companies interested in finding profit from the subject with its new Exodus, ostensibly a decentralized, blockchain and buzzword-packed marketing experience that may also be a phone.

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HTC will reveal its next flagship phone on May 23rd

HTC took to Twitter today to tease the unveiling of its next flagship phone. What may be called the U12, U12+, or something different entirely is due to be announced May 20th by the Taiwanese manufacturer. We started hearing about the U12 way back in February when an early prototype leaked out at an industry event in Taiwan. Not much more than an 18:9 screen could be confirmed at that time.

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Android 8.0 Oreo rolling out to the Verizon HTC 10

HTC might not have seen the greatest sales from the HTC 10 when it launched back in 2016, but you have to hand it to the company for maintaining support. The 10 went from Marshmallow, to Nougat, and now to Oreo. The Verizon variant is the latest version to get the update, but it might take some time to hit all devices.

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[No Mo Updates] Mo Versi to leave HTC after 8 years of telling us when to check for updates

After eight years at HTC, Mo Versi has announced that he is leaving the company. Versi spent his entire time at HTC in the Product Management division, and he became a VP of Product Management back in May 2014. Versi hasn't disclosed what new venture he's leaving to pursue.

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[Deal Alert] Unlocked HTC U11 down to $344.95 ($305 off) on eBay

The HTC U11 is a phone that can't be found discounted very often. Sure, HTC has run sales on it from time to time, but the best deal we've ever seen for it was $599 with a free set of JBL Reflect Aware C headphones back on Black Friday. This latest deal takes the price down a lot further to an impressively-low $344.95.

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HTC announces Desire 12 and 12+, with 18:9 screens and underwhelming hardware

HTC's mid-range devices have never been particularly exciting, and they usually aren't priced competitively. The company's last budget phone, the U11 Life, was overpriced with a scratch-prone acrylic back. Today HTC announced a new pair of budget phones outside of the U11 lineup - the Desire 12 and Desire 12+.

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