US HTC U12+ gets camera and pressure-sensitive buttons update

31 July 2018
The update should fix some of the issues with the pressure-sensitive buttons and the Edge Sense gestures.

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  • Ionut

I updated and used it a few days. There are no issues with buttons (a bit harder to press than normal buttons - which is an advantage for me) and Edge Sense (which is amazing).

  • LLL

JohnW1981, 01 Aug 2018This is a big part of their problem to me-releasing phones ... moreYes, you can definitely argue that HTC has shot itself in the foot with those missteps. However from journalism standpoint, GSM Arena should just study the changes and then report the results.

Btw, Alex from AC has updated his review.

  • Love the Community

Geric.770, 31 Jul 2018Really weak build quality, especially the buttons and glass... moreHTC intentionally thins out the metal construction just to make the sensors feel the squeeze. If HTC uses cheap Titanium like Essential PH-1 (and add plastic shock absorbers between the metal and glass), it'll be harder but the sensors will never work.

  • Anonymous

PapaRafe, 01 Aug 2018HTC should make return to m7-9 design, but modernized them ... more....I'm assuming you meant 'front-facing stereo speakers' for capacitive buttons. The U12+ does have Stereo Speakers but not front-facing but it's been that way since the HTC 10.

Otherwise, I do agree with what you said.

Always a bit better at least.

  • Haplo

Walter C. Dornez, 31 Jul 2018I'm not saying this to be that guy, but they should move ba... moreI agree on both accounts. I want m7-m9 design, with metal unibody. And stereo front facing speakers. Design-wise the phones really went downhill.

HTC should make return to m7-9 design, but modernized them like Pixel.
Make the phone with some bezel but filled with stereo speakers.
Don't care it it metal or glass, as long as it has distinc HTC characteristic.

Throw away stereo speakers for stup1d squeeze jus make HTC situation worsen!

After 8 straight years with HTC, I moved on to another Taiwanese, Asus Zenfone 5

How does this make the phone any better when the public perception is already very very bad. All the current users probably thinking about switching to other brand as soon as possible. This company cant be help anymore. This update is like just a temporary solution before buying another phone.

  • Anonymous

LLL, 31 Jul 2018Now the question is, are you guys going to update your revi... moreYes, wait for the long term review!

LLL, 31 Jul 2018Now the question is, are you guys going to update your revi... moreThis is a big part of their problem to me-releasing phones with unpolished software then receiving negative reviews. Even if GSM update their opinion I'm guessing most other sites won't bother. And it's not like they're investing in a bold marketing campaign to counter all the bad press

awesome :) I love my U12+ (no real complaints, even about the buttons), and this will only make it better!

  • Anonymous

John, 31 Jul 2018But everyone is so obsessed with making a bezeless phone th... moreI think they can use front facing speakers, like Pixel 2 XL, but with less bezels... they put the wireless charging, low price tag(at least 600€), real buttons(like m10) and a more solid built...

  • Anonymous

Walter C. Dornez, 31 Jul 2018I'm not saying this to be that guy, but they should move ba... moreTrue story

  • John

Walter C. Dornez, 31 Jul 2018I'm not saying this to be that guy, but they should move ba... moreBut everyone is so obsessed with making a bezeless phone that I doubt they would go back to the dual speakers at the front, also glass is useful for wireless charging and if they go to metal, everyone would moan about that. They can't win in either scenario

  • LLL

Now the question is, are you guys going to update your review of U12+ to reflect the changes brought by this update?
Please notify us all. TIA.

I'm not saying this to be that guy, but they should move back to metal. It was their thing back in the day. They really need to get Boomsound on the front again at the very least

Really weak build quality, especially the buttons and glass back. Makes me wonder why HTC built their flagships with such weak materials.

The fact that it's so easy to literally remove the buttons off the phone itself makes me question the change to no buttons