But there is light at the end of the tunnel. HTC believes the tipping point for ‘glass slabs’ will be when 5G take-up is ubiquitous. At that time data speeds will allow so much more to be done in the cloud that a handset will change from having all the power ‘on-board’ to just being a dumb terminal for the cloud. That opens the way for a major rethink of design and format. HTC says it is well ahead of the revolution to come.

My recommendation: It’s a good flagship glass slab worthy of consideration if you don’t want a 3.5” audio jack (HTC says you want better sound from the USB-C port and supplied dongle) or wireless charging. Its Edge Sense may tip the scales in its favour.

HTC U12 Plus