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The HTC U12 Plus/+ With Smart Pressure-Sensitive Buttons And Edges

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HTC U12 Plus, this phone has a 6-inch Quad HD+ (2880 x 1440) Super LCD 6 display. You know it’s IP68-rated for water and dust resistance, that it has dual cameras on both the front and the back, and that it has HTC’s beloved BoomSound speakers. You’ve seen the images that show the absence of a screen notch and a headphone jack. And you could have guessed that HTC would bring a new version of Edge Sense, its system for squeezing the phone to perform various actions. Probably the most unique thing about this phone, though, is that it also relies on HTC’s pressure-sensitive tech for the side buttons, which are now fixed in place and provide haptic feedback instead of being mechanical.

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 Ergonomically, this phone steps back from the bulk of the U11 Plus and is much better off for it. Plus, the U12’s camera has me psyched already. Oh, and if you’re wondering why there’s no U12 from HTC: the company says it didn’t want to mislead people into thinking there’d be a “Plus” edition of this phone six months down the line. This is the U12 flagship.

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HTC’s U11 and U11 Plus both feature one of my favorite mobile cameras, inching close to Google’s outstanding Pixel devices, and the U12 Plus immediately impressed me with the first couple of photos I shot with it. One was of a croissant, where I could see every minute line and crack in the flaky crust, and the other was of a fruit and berry bowl, where each of the little hair-like stalks on the raspberries was sharp and distinct. The Huawei P20 Pro may be the reigning imaging benchmark and night photography champion, but I’m confident the HTC U12 Plus will give it some great competition in the coming weeks.

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Beside a good camera, a phone must also have a good display, battery, and ergonomics. HTC’s trade-off in improving the handling of the U12 Plus versus the U11 Plus is in having a smaller battery, measuring in at 3,500mAh this time. I think that’s the right decision. The U12’s display also looks good, though I can’t say it’s anywhere near as nice as the OLED screens on Huawei’s P20 Pro, Samsung’s Galaxy S9, or Apple’s iPhone X.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor is predictably at the heart of the HTC U12 Plus, accompanied by 6GB of RAM and at least 64GB of expandable storage. Canada, China, and the US will get a 128GB option, which I’d have liked to see available in Europe as well, but alas HTC has decided to only offer 64GB across the continent. HTC says this is no big deal because you have the microSD slot available, which supports cards up to 2TB in size.
HTC is redoubling its efforts to offer a choice of digital assistants, with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa preloaded on the U12 Plus. In China, they’re replaced with Baidu Assistant. The software, based on Android 8.0, is otherwise broadly unchanged.

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The Edge Sense 2 system (which gives rise to HTC’s “Live on the Edge” tagline for this phone) allows you to program your own shortcuts within apps for taps, holds, and squeezes of the phone’s sides. When I tried it in beta form on the U11 last year, I found it very uneven and ultimately not especially useful, but hopefully HTC has ironed out the issues that were apparent then. I like the idea of being able to double-tap the side of my phone to launch an app, perform an action, or activate my digital assistant. It feels like a more rapid and predictable trigger than just the squeeze of last year.
HTC also does something really clever with the pressure-sensitive sides of the U12 Plus: it interprets how you’re holding the phone and stops the screen from rotating to landscape mode when you don’t want it to. This is a small but awesome feature for anyone doing a bit of late-night reading in bed.
I haven’t yet made up my mind about HTC’s faux buttons. There are protrusions on the side of the phone, right where HTC usually positions its power and volume keys, but this time they have no give. You get a little buzz, just as with Apple’s unmoving MacBook Pro touchpad or the iPhone’s simulated home button click. It’ll take time to get used to this setup on the U12 Plus, though I reckon it’s generally a move in the right direction. Other than accidental drops resulting in cracked screens, mechanical parts like the side buttons are usually the first thing to break on a phone. There’s probably a good chance we’ll see more companies trying this out as we go further into the year. HTC just happens to be first.
HTC was among the leaders in adopting an all-glass design early last year, and the latest iteration of its so-called Liquid Surface design includes something the company says is another first: cold-polished 3D glass.
HTC is launching this new phone in three color options: my favorite’s a so-called Ceramic Black, which isn’t ceramic and tends to look silvery when it catches the light.

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The HTC U12 Plus goes up for preorder today for $799 with 64GB or $849 with 128GB of storage in the US. Pricing in Europe is set at €799 / £699 for the 64GB variant (no bigger storage option available), while in Canada the U12 Plus will cost C$1,099 with 64GB or C$1,169 with 128GB.
Check out my other post on the HTC U12plus;
http://www.naijatechguy.com/2018/05/android-underdog-htc-rejoins-dual.html

Michael Ajah is a Computer Science Student of The University of Port Harcourt and a Chelsea Fan. He loves RnB and a little mix of Trap Music. An awesome tech reviewer and analyst. Email - [email protected]

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Infinix Smart 3 Plus Launched In Nigeria – Full Specifications

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The Infinix Smart 3 Plus is a new device launched by Infinix Mobile and it comes with decent specifications. It’s a device I would say is a mid-range budget device so don’t expect much power from this phone.

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I still feel with Xiaomi around in Nigeria now Infinix would have stepped up their game but it seems they’re just recycling designs ever since they released the first device with a tear drop notch.

Infinix Smart 3 Plus Features

The triple rear camera is quite interesting as well.  In terms of design you get a plastic unibody with glass-finish at the back. The glass-finish adds a premium finish to the phone but unfortunately makes it a fingerprint magnet.

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There’s also a microUSB port, the 3.5mm headphone jack and a microphone just right below the device. The front of the phone shows the teardrop notch, the selfie camera and the earpiece. Sound quality is not that bad however, The Smart 3 Plus has a downward firing mono speaker which isn’t too loud and you’ll actually prefer using your headphones. I still wonder why Infinix didn’t use the Dirac Speakers in this device.

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It has a HD+ resolution display with a 2.5D glass for a premium feel. But I’m a bit disappointed with the 720p resolution and the large display doesn’t actually show what we all expected. It’s a bit low but I’m guessing it’s a sacrifice to put the phone in the budget range.

The back of the phone houses the triple-camera setup .The primary sensor is a 13-megapixel camera with a 2-megapixel depth sensor and a low-light QVGA sensor.

Let’s take a look at the quick specifications of the device

Infinix Smart 3 Plus Quick Specifications

  • Display: 6.2 inches
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio A22
  • RAM+ROM: 32GB / 3GB
  • Operating System: Android 9. (Pie) + XOS 5.0 Cheetah;
  • SIM: Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Camera: Triple 13MP +2MP Depth sensor+ low light sensor
  • Sensor: Fingerprint , accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass ,
  • Network: GSM / HSPA / LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Battery : 3500 mAh battery

See the Full Specifications here –Infinix Smart 3 Plus

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Huawei Phones Not Allowed To Use Android Officially Anymore

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I woke up to a very disappointing news yesterday,Huawei Phones Not Allowed To Use Android Officially Anymore and believe me I was very upset about this move. This is coming at a time where Huawei is making changes to the Android market as we know it and Google revoked their licence based on mere accusations,

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Accusations that haven’t been even proved to be true. This decision would probably worsen the trade war between China and the United States.

The consequences of this may end up affecting all technological markets and the world economy in general. Don’t forget that Huawei is the world’s second-largest seller of smartphones

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Newer devices from Huawei will not be able to install Android updates, or any Google apps, including Google Play Store and Gmail. However, you can simply access those Android updates through AOSP and GAPPs but without any support from Google.

Donald Trump had accused Huawei of working for the Chinese government, installing back doors in their networks and devices to facilitate surveillance, without any evidence at all.

This made the senior manager of Huawei get arrested a few months ago. Since then, both China and the United States have imposed tariffs on their respective products. Recently, the Trump Administration added the Chinese brand Huawei to the blacklist of the Department of Commerce, hence, forcing American companies to stop having commercial relations with Huawei.

However, according to Reuters, Google is the first to comply with the recently approved law, but other US companies that have commercial relations with Huawei, like Qualcomm, Intel, NVIDIA, will have to make a similar decision.

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