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HTC’s U12+ is a buttons-free Android flagship that wants you to see its inner beauty

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Reeling off specs for a flagship Android phone is these days almost a copy and paste job. 6-inch 1440×2880 display. Snapdragon 845 processor. 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. Oreo 8. Yawn. What we want is something distinct, and that’s what you get with the HTC U12+ (£699). The dual camera system is a 12MP/16MP combo effort, with a Sonic Zoom feature that zeros in on sound and voices when capturing an impromptu masterpiece. But the real wow factor is how the device looks and feels. Haptic sensors replace buttons. Hold the sides and the screen won’t rotate. And the ‘liquid surface’ multi-layered glass construction has an eye-dazzling shimmering effect. If it all feels a bit too modern, leaving you on the verge of future shock, you’re covered, too: grab the Translucent Blue model, which channels the original iMac by providing a glimpse of the phone’s innards.

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