Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

The U12 Plus in flame red is finally available for pre-order in the UK

The HTC U12 Plus is available for purchase in a new colour scheme: flame red.

The £699 quad-camera handset, which started shipping earlier this month, was previously only available in translucent blue and ceramic black in the UK.

Read more: Best Android phones

“Watch as the Flame Red U12+ delivers extraordinary, colour-shifting hues in the most dynamic look HTC has ever created,” said HTC, announcing the UK availability of the flame red model.

However, it it tickles your fancy, we’re afraid you’re going to have to be patient. HTC says it’s currently “available on backorder”, and will only start shipping in August, “once the stock arrives to the UK”.

You can currently only purchase it through HTC.com, but it will also be available from Argos, Amazon, Shop Direct and AO.com “in the next few weeks”.

Read more: Best smartphone

It’s safe to say the HTC U12 Plus doesn’t quite belong in the top bracket of 2018 flagship smartphones, scoring a disappointing six out of 10 in our review. Here’s the verdict of Max Parker, our phones and tablets editor:

“It’s a shame then that HTC falls down when it comes to execution. The haptic buttons, for example, are really a pain to use and Edge Sense doesn’t work as you’d expect 100% of the time. Add to this the disappointing battery life, a version of Android that lacks the polish of the competition, and no wireless charging.

“At least the camera is great and audio experience exceptional.”

What are your thoughts on the HTC U12 Plus? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook @TrustedReviews.

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2004, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have 9 million users a month around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.