Even as rumours do the round of HTC shutting down its business, the company is preparing to launch what might be its last smartphone. We’re talking about the HTC U12 and U12 Plus. Android enthusiast and professional leaker Evan Blass recently shared an image on his Twitter page, of what he claimed was the HTC U12+. Given his credibility in these matters, the Internet was abuzz with news of the upcoming phone and whether the device would be HTC’s last. We decided to compare what we know about the phone to two new phones that it will compete with: the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Nokia 8 Sirocco. Let’s go ahead and see who the winner shall be.
Samsung Galaxy S9 vs HTC U12 Plus vs Nokia 8 Sirocco: Price in India
The Samsung Galaxy S9 was launched last month, on February 25th, and is currently priced at Rs. 57,900. The HTC U12 Plus, on the other hand, is yet to get an official launch date since it hasn’t even be announced by HTC. We expect the device to be priced at Rs. 58,000, roughly. The Nokia 8 Sirocco should make its debut in the Indian smartphone market in a month or two, as it was officially announced in February. The device is expected to be priced at Rs. 59,500.
Samsung Galaxy S9 vs HTC U12 Plus vs Nokia 8 Sirocco: Display
The Samsung Galaxy S9 sports a 5.8-inch super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440×2960 pixels. It has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 and a density of 570 pixels per inch (ppi). The HTC U12 Plus is rumoured to offer a resolution of 1440×2960 on a 6-inch display, making the aspect ratio identical to the Galaxy S9. In comparison, the Nokia 8 Sirocco comes with a 5.5-inch display that offers a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels, at an aspect ratio of 16:9. It has a pixel density of 534ppi. All three phones offer Gorilla Glass 5 for protection.
Samsung Galaxy S9 vs HTC U12 Plus vs Nokia 8 Sirocco: Performance
The Samsung Galaxy is powered by the all-new Exynos 9810 Octa processor except in US and China, where it comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core chipset. The HTC U12 Plus, too, will carry the Snapdragon 845 octa-core (4 x 2.7GHz + 4 x 1.7GHz) processor under its hood, which is paired with an Adreno 630 graphics processing unit. The Nokia 8 Sirocco is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core (4 x 2.5GHz + 4 x 1.8GHz) chip with an
Adreno 540 GPU.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 carries a 3000mAh battery, whereas the HTC U12+ will feature a 3400mAh cell. The Nokia 8 Sirocco comes with a 3260mAh power unit. The S9 supports wireless fast charging and Quick Charge 2.0 for regular charging.
All three phones run on Android 8.0. The S9 offers 4GB RAM paired with 64GB of onboard storage. The U12+ is expected to offer 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The Nokia 8 comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB onboard memory, but it does not support expandable memory like the S9 and U12+.
Samsung Galaxy S9 vs HTC U12 Plus vs Nokia 8 Sirocco: Camera
The Samsung Galaxy S9’s USP is its all-new camera, which sports a new image sensor, new processor, and can shoot videos at 960 frames per second (fps). On the rear, it features a 12MP dual aperture shooter that can switch between f/1.5 and f/2.4, depending on ambient lighting conditions. The S9 offers an 8MP f/1.7 selfie snapper on the front. The HTC U12 Plus is rumoured to have a quad camera setup, with 16MP+12MP lenses offering a dual camera setup on the rear and a pair of 8MP shooters on the front. The Nokia 8 Sirocco offers a pair of 12MP snappers on the rear for its primary camera, and like the S9, it offers features like optical image stabilisation (OIS) and dual pixel phase detection. While the S9 can manage 4K videos at 60fps, the Sirocco lets you shoot the same at 30 fps. We don’t have a confirmation on the U12+ video recording capabilities yet.
Samsung Galaxy S9 vs HTC U12 Plus vs Nokia 8 Sirocco: Verdict
Of the three, we’d wait for the official announcement from HTC before we declare the S9 the best of the three. As of now the Samsung Galaxy S9 definitely seems like the best of the three but we still want to see final pricing details, camera specs, and get a confirmation on the processor before we declare it the winner.