Meet HTC's new Desire 12 and 12+ entry-level troopers: Great design, but modest specs

Meet HTC's new Desire 12 and 12+ entry-level troopers: Great design, but modest specs
HTC just added two new devices to its Desire portfolio, the Desire 12 and 12+, two affordable handsets that aim to broaden the company's influence on the dynamic entry-level market. Let's see how these two will try to vie for your attention. Both devices iterate HTC's latest design aspirations and are closely styled after the U11: with 3D liquid glass and metal frame to the side, both new Desire representatives are true stunners as far as design goes. 

However,  when it comes to overall specs, don't expect anything wow-worthy from the two humble phones, but that's okay given their quite stomachable price tags.

With dimensions of 148.5 x 70.8 x 8.2m and weighing just 137gr, this HTC Desire 12 is quite compact and comes along with a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720 by 1440 pixels. It's powered by the MediaTek MT6739, a 64-bit quad-core offering that's paired with 3GB of RAM. The handset has 32GB of native storage and a microSD card slot. At the back, we find a 13MP f/2.2 camera with phase-detection autofocus and auto-HDR, whereas the selfie unit is a 5MP f/2.4 one. A 2,730mAh battery keeps the power up, while charging happens through an old-timey microUSB cable. A 3.5mm audio jack is also present.

HTC Desire 12
HTC Desire 12

HTC Desire 12


Meanwhile, the larger and objectively more interesting Desire 12+ is mostly similar to the Desire 12, but with a few key differences. It comes along with a 6-inch IPS LCD display with the same 720x1440 resolution. A Snapdragon 450 chipset clicks alongside 3GB of RAM, while users still have less than 32GB of native storage at their fingertips. A 2,965mAh -powers up the phone, which should offer around a day of moderate usage thanks to the power-efficient Snapdragon chipset. The real intriguing selling point of the larger device, however, is its dual rear camera. The secondary 2MP depth-sensing camera aids the primary 13MP  f/2.2 unit and lets you snap portraits with an exaggerated shallow depth of field, or "bokeh" in layman's terms. At the front, we now have an 8MP selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture that should theoretically deliver better selfies in low-light conditions. 

HTC Desire 12+
HTC Desire 12+

HTC Desire 12+


The Desire 12+ arrives with Android Oreo out of the box, which means support for Project Treble, which on its own means that you can theoretically opt out of the stock Sense UI for a custom Android ROM, but doing that will negate all the software goodies HTC has thrown inside. Some of these include, but are not limited to the company's own smart Sense Companion and all the custom image processing algorithms for the cameras. In the meantime, the Desire 12 arrives with Android Nougat.

The HTC Desire 12 will be available in late April in Cool Black and Warm Silver colors. As far as pricing is concerned, the Desire 12+ will cost between €235 - €249 (~$288 - $305), whereas the Desire 12 will set you back €185 - €199 (~$226 - $244) depending on the market. No official word on the availability of the two devices yet. We've reached out to HTC and will update this post as soon as any particular details come to light.

Meet HTC's new Desire 12 and 12+ entry-level troopers: Great design, but modest specs

source: HTC

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Desire 12
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2730 mAh
Desire 12+
  • Display 6.0" 720 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Octa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2965 mAh

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17 Comments

1. Whitedot

Posts: 691; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Micro USB, Mediatek :) The next thing you read HTC CEO talking about global inovation. Oh dear....

13. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Yuck, HTC!

2. Bankz

Posts: 2476; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

the irony is that this is even worlds better than their supposed flagship.. smh

3. rlatkddn124

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

I thought the U series was their new FLAGSHIP :/

14. acme64

Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

it is

4. megathaszrul89

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

The specs.... Argh... Why HTC, why?

5. Eclectech

Posts: 338; Member since: May 01, 2013

both phones are nicely designed, but with those specs, they should not be priced above 400.

6. sexyboi

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 27, 2017

'(...) HTC will also launch 2 budget level devices called the Breeze and Breeze+ internally, though in the market, it may be called the HTC Desire 12 and 12+. According to leaked specs the phones will have 5.5-inch display and the processor will be a MediaTek one. The RAM is expected to be 2GB and the internal storage 16MB. The cameras will be 13MP (in the rear) and 5MP (in the front) and the battery will be of 2730mAh. (...)' It's not flagship, so do not panic. :)

7. royaldragonss

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 27, 2016

HTC nailing their own coffins I see.

8. kemraj

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 20, 2018

if u dont like it just dont buy it people omg yall be talking like htc forcing u to buy their devices...yall ever noticed when the 7/7plus was released how they were differential,same thing here with htc but they have an earphone jack

9. russion

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 20, 2018

i think it has the same specifications as HTC Desire 10 Pro.

10. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

HTC design are getting better. Minimal and symmetrical bezels far better than notch copycats.

11. 36thDisciple

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

In this article, images of the Desire 12 show it using Sense icons from Nougat, unlike the Desire 12+ which uses Oreo Sense icons. Based on the fact that the U11 Eyes (which I own) shipped with Nougat 7.1.2 in 2018 a month after the U11+ came out with Oreo, I wouldn't be surprised to see Desire 12/Nougat and Desire 12+/Oreo. And if you're considering the Desire 12 with the notion that it'll eventually get updated to Oreo, consider this.. I recently spoke to an HTC customer service rep in Hong Kong who said that the company currently has no plan to update the U11 Eyes to Oreo. Yes, that's right, they won't be updating a premium mid-ranger that should have had Oreo to begin with. So, how much interest are they going to have in updating a budget mid-ranger like the Desire 12?

12. TheOneSilveriusXZP

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

The design are beautifully-design and great with aesthetics that can't be deniable , but come on the MicroUSB on both devices and lack of FPS on the Desire 12 (battery at least respectable) :( . Even, Sony's low-entry devices L2 does has USB-Type-C and FPS , and even 3300 mAh battery, and has a similar price to Desire 12 at launch .....

15. acme64

Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 13, 2015

Why is everyone here s**tting on mid tier phones? do yall have nothing better to do?

16. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 159; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Just price them right please.

17. worldpeace

Posts: 3091; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

6inch 720p, SD450, microUSB, for $300? Please just die already HTC... for that price at least use 1080p screen and SD636.

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