HTC U12 Plus is here, and it offers a ton of features with performance, in an attempt to stand out. But, like any new flagship phone, it faces competitors in which we do not lack in 2018.
Samsung is now the king of the mountain when it comes to smartphones based on Android, so it seems natural that the first comparison we see HTC U12 Plus vs Galaxy S9. While the U12 Plus has changed significantly with the HTC U11 Plus and U11, the Galaxy S9 has not changed much from last year’s Galaxy S8.
Let’s see if the changes offered by HTC can catch up with the smaller, iterative changes made in the Samsung Galaxy S9.
HTC U12 PLUS VS GALAXY S9: DESIGN
The dimensions of HTC U12 Plus exceed the dimensions of the previous U11, which was measured at 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm. Although the increase in its size is marginal, the figures look as follows – 156.6 x 73.9 x 8.7-9.7 mm and weight 188 grams. In comparison with the Galaxy S9, the HTC novelty is bigger in all respects. The Galaxy S9 is measured at 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm with a weight of 163 grams.
Both devices are equipped with a fingerprint scanner on the rear panel, the sensor is located under the cameras. But the U12 Plus has around scanner, while the S9 relied on a rectangular shape. The U12 Plus scanner is also off-camera, so you will not leave fatty prints on the optics in an attempt to get on the scanner, which makes the design less problematic.
There are other similarities in the Galaxy S9 and HTC U12 Plus. Both smartphones are perfectly designed, protected from water and dust, are rated IP68. They also have two speakers, although the U12 Plus uses speakers with different frequencies instead of a stereo effect. Glass covers both smartphones in front and behind.
Comparison of smartphones translates into a difference through additional design features. The Galaxy S9 has a 3.5mm headphone jack, offers face recognition as an alternative to fingerprint scanner authentication, while the HTC U12 Plus has the unique Edge Sense technology from HTC that allows you to compress your smartphone for a new level of user interaction.
HTC U12 Plus will be available in the colors Flame Red, Ceramic Black and the unique Translucent Blue, which promises to show the inside of the smartphone (transparent case). S9 comes on the market in the colors of Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, and Coral Blue. The colors available to both phones vary from store to store.
Which phone wins in the design department will ultimately be about personal preferences, but Samsung’s stylish curved glass and smaller, more pocket size will most likely make the Galaxy S9 the preferred choice for many.
HTC U12 PLUS VS GALAXY S9: DISPLAY
Large frame HTC U12 Plus allows you to place a large screen. The U12 Plus display is measured by a 6-inch diagonal, offering slightly more usable space than the 5.8-inch Galaxy S9 screen. If the size were to decide everything, U12 Plus could end up a winner in this department, but it is not.
HTC copes well with removing rims on both sides of the screen, but it’s still not as cool as S9 does. And, despite the fact that the U12 Plus display is quite sharp, with a resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels, it’s still not 2960 x 1440 pixels S9.
The technologies that underlie the screen are also different. The Galaxy S9 uses the Super AMOLED display, and the U12 Plus relies on its Super LCD 6. Theoretically, the LCD panel must win in demonstrating bright images, while AMOLED works better with dark colors and high contrast visual effects. But the pure black and battery savings offered by the AMOLED panels are really stunning, and the S9’s visibility under direct sunlight indicates that AMOLED did not sacrifice brightness.
In this comparison, the Galaxy S9 screen wins. Not surprisingly, the current champion in the field of mobile screens continues to dominate.
HTC U12 PLUS VS GALAXY S9: OS AND PERFORMANCE
In 2018, the flagship is not a flagship if it does not offer the Snapdragon 845 chipset. Unsurprisingly, HTC U12 Plus and Galaxy S9 work on Snapdragon 845. U12 Plus offers 6 GB of RAM, but S9 is limited to 4 GB of RAM, but how quickly one or another phone works is reduced to software optimization and, perhaps, S9 will be able to work just as quickly, even with less RAM. Since both phones are running Android 8.0 Oreo, they do not benefit from the operating system, eventually both will receive an update to Android P.
In the area of the built-in memory, the situation does not change too much. Both phones have a base capacity of 64 GB and the possibility of expansion. Both phones support microSD cards.
HTC uses U12 Plus dimensions to pack a 3500 mAh battery, which provides approximately 16% additional power compared to the Galaxy S9. However, how well additional power is converted to work in the real world is only to be determined. A significant portion of the extra energy will be eaten by the enlarged LCD display, while the S9 AMOLED display draws the battery much slower (especially with the default resolution set to Full HD).
Since displays are generally the main consumers of energy on phones, we need to see how well the U12 Plus screen is optimized before we can point to the winner in this department. With performance a similar story. Since both phones have pretty much similar internal elements, we can not tell which one is better until we get the opportunity to test the U12 Plus in a hollow review.
HTC U12 PLUS VS GALAXY S9: CAMERAS
HTC U12 Plus and Galaxy S9 converge in the camera compartment, but in this metaphorical battle, the brand-new U12 Plus has more guns.
HTC U12 Plus has dual cameras both front and rear. The rear panel is equipped with a wide-angle 12 Mp lens with a f / 1.75 aperture and a 16-megapixel lens with f / 2.6 aperture and 2x optical zoom. Rear cameras are equipped with optical image stabilization (OIS) for photos and video, they can record 4K video at 60 frames per second and Slow Motion video at 1080p at 240 frames per second.
Front-facing cameras HTC U12 Plus have an 84-degree field of view, aperture f / 2.0 and can shoot with the effect of bokeh.
In comparison, the offer of the Galaxy S9 is much simpler, although AR Emoji is a unique, perhaps awkward, feature that U12 Plus does not have. The Galaxy S9 has a 12-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front camera. The main camera offers a 77-degree field of view and optical stabilization, but there is a special function with two apertures, which allows you to quickly switch from f / 1.5 to f / 2.4. The front camera has a viewing angle of 80 degrees and an aperture of f / 1.7. Galaxy S9 can shoot video, similar to HTC U12, 4K at a speed of 60 frames per second and 1080 in slow motion mode up to 240 frames per second.
On paper, the offer of HTC looks stronger than S9. But many characteristics of smartphones boil down to software settings, and Samsung showed how well its camera is known. When it comes to shooting in low light conditions, the expanded aperture of Samsung cameras comes out on top, while the wide field of view and the optical zoom option can make the HTC camera useful in scenarios with bright lighting. Optical video stabilization HTC U12 Plus can make a smartphone the best choice for those who often write video on a smartphone.
HTC U12 PLUS VS GALAXY S9: PRICES AND AVAILABILITY
When it comes to price, the Galaxy S9 can have an advantage for buyers with a limited budget. The starting price of $ 719 for the 64 GB model is well below $ 799 HTC U12 Plus. The prices for Samsung Galaxy S9 in your city are presented below.
HTC U12 PLUS VS GALAXY S9: CONCLUSION
HTC U12 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S9 are smartphones that deserve your attention. The Galaxy S9 did an incredible job, offering a well-equipped smartphone in a brilliant design. For fans of mobile photography, its photo opportunities in a bad light will make the S9 an obvious choice.
HTC U12 Plus offers a lot of things, especially when it comes to cameras (remember that he has four!). But when it comes to the rest of the phone, in fact, there’s nothing worth mentioning against the S9, which is also cheaper.
If the additional U12 Plus cameras are really tempting, and the price is not a deterrent, the best option may be to choose the larger and better Galaxy S9 Plus, but it will have to pay for it.