HTC Unveils Desire 12 and 12+ With Tall Displays & Midrange Specs

HTC is back to the midrange market and has announced two new additions – HTC Desire 12 and Desire 12+.

Both phones have 18:9 bezel-less displays, however, Desire 12+ comes with more features and better hardware as compared to Desire 12.

Design and Display

HTC Desire 12

HTC Desire 12

HTC Desire 12 has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with trimmed bezels. The display panel has a resolution of 720 x 1440p (HD+) and the aspect ratio is 18:9. The screen-to-body ratio is around 74% and the pixel density is approximately 293.

The design is fairly minimal and Desire 12 does not come with a fingerprint sensor. The phone itself is smaller than the Desire 12+.

HTC Desire 12+

HTC Desire 12+

In comparison to Desire 12, 12+ has a larger 6.0-inch IPS LCD display with the same HD+ resolution. The aspect ratio is 18:9 and the screen-to-body ratio is similar at around ~76%. Pixel density is ~268.

Unlike its sibling, Desire 12+ has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and a dual-camera set up too. Other than that, both phones have a similar design appeal.

Hardware and Storage

HTC Desire 12

HTC Desire 12 is powered by a quad-core Mediatek MT6739 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. The GPU is PowerVR GE8100 and comes paired with 3 GB of RAM.

Internal storage is 32 GB with no other options and can be expanded up to 400 GB via microSD slot (SIM slot 2).

HTC Desire 12+

Instead of a Mediatek processor, the Desire 12+ runs on a low mid-range octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 clocked at 1.8 GHz. The GPU is an Adreno 506 and RAM size is 3 GB as well.

Just like it’s sibling, Desire 12+ also has 32 GB storage which is expandable by up to 400 GB via microSD slot (uses SIM slot 2).

Camera and Software

HTC Desire 12

HTC Desire 12 has a singular 13 MP primary sensor which has PDAF and LED flash. It can record videos of up to 1080p resolution at 30 FPS. The front camera is a 5 MP unit which can only record 720p videos.

Out of the box, it comes with Android 8.0 Oreo with HTC’s home-baked SenseUI on top.

HTC Desire 12+

The larger sibling has a dual-cam set up consisting of a 13 MP primary sensor and a 2 MP secondary depth sensor on the rear. This one also comes with PDAF and LED flash in addition to refined background blur using the secondary 2 MP depth sensor. The front camera is 8 MP and can record videos of up to 1080p.


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Both phones run the exact same software, Android 8.0 Oreo customized with SenseUI.

Battery, Price, and Availability

HTC Desire 12

The battery capacity is relatively small – the Desire 12 comes with a non-removable 2,730 mAh unit with no fast-charging. It’s chargeable via microUSB 2.0 and unfortunately, does not come with a Type-C port.

It will be priced between €185 and €199 (Rs. 18,000 and Rs. 20,000).

HTC Desire 12+

This one has a 2,965 mAh battery chargeable via microUSB 2.0 as well. The phone is priced between €235 and €249 (Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 27,000).

HTC Desire 12 Specifications

  • CPU: 1.3 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53
  • Chipset: Mediatek MT6739
  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo, with SenseUI
  • Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
  • Display: 5.5″, 18:9 aspect ratio, HD+ (1440x720px) resolution
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 3 GB
    • Internal: 32 GB
    • Card slot: yes, by 400 GB (SIM slot 2)
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 13 MP, PDAF, LED flash
    • Secondary: 5 MP
  • Connectivity: microUSB 2.0, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, headphone jack
  • Battery: 2,730 mAh
  • Price: ~Rs. 20,000

HTC Desire 12+ Specifications

  • CPU: 1.8 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo, with SenseUI
  • Networks: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
  • Display: 5.99″, 18:9 aspect ratio, HD+ (1440x720px) resolution
  • Memory:
    • RAM: 3 GB
    • Internal: 32 GB
    • Card slot: yes, by 400 GB (SIM slot 2)
  • Camera:
    • Primary: 13 MP + 2 MP, PDAF, LED flash
    • Secondary: 8 MP
  • Connectivity: microUSB 2.0, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, headphone jack
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Battery: 2,960 mAh
  • Price: ~Rs. 25,000


  • I wish if HTC could understand that the reason for its low market in Pakistan is its bad battery support. HTC phones are amazing except that its battery performance.

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