HTC quietly announces new Desire 12 and Desire 12+ phones

Rather than at MWC 2018HTC quietly revealed two new smartphones this week: Desire 12 and Desire 12+. Though we had some info about the devices from a leak Doug covered, many specs underwhelmed in comparison to what we had initially thought would make up the duo. Here’s everything to know.

HTC Desire 12 and Desire 12+ are the company’s first devices of 2018, part of a shrunken product mix to conserve assets and cut losses. Many thought HTC would not make new smartphones following an export of employees to Google, but that’s not the case. The mid-range phones are the latest in HTC’s Desire family, but are by no means impressive when it comes to specs. However, both phones do adopt some modern trends including 18:9 aspect ratio. Exact details for the new phones including design, software and hardware internals vary by model. There isn’t a whole lot that’s special, nevertheless, these should be solid options for those looking to save a buck. The pair will release in select markets later this year. Here’s a rundown.

HTC Desire 12

HTC Desire 12 is the lower-end of the two devices and will be priced lower with its 5.5-inch HD+, 18:9 display. It’s design is of a shiny metal exterior that’ll likely attract some fingerprints. Included is a front camera with f/2.4 aperture as well as a 13MP rear camera. Like many other HTC devices before it, HTC Desire 12 comes with HTC Sense Companion, which is essentially an assistant for helping with everyday tasks. The phone will come in two variants, one with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, and the other with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (expandable via microSD). Both sport a MediaTeK MT6739 quad-core processor and 2,730mAh battery (via microUSB). Desire 12 will be pre-loaded with Android Nougat (insert sad face). Hopefully Android Oreo or better yet, Android P, will arrive at a later date.

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HTC Desire 12+

The HTC Desire 12+ is the larger, more premium of the two with a 6-inch HD+, 18:9 screen. This means the handset is taller and narrower than traditional 16:9. We haven’t seen this port over to many mid-range devices yet, so it’s nice to see HTC get on board early. It’s design is of a matte material with an aluminum frame .The phone hosts a dual camera setup (13MP + 2MP) and comes with Bokeh effects, similar to Portrait mode on various other phones. It is also equipped with a front camera containing f/2.0 aperture and LED flash. There’s one variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (expandable up to 2TB). It uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 450 octa-core 1.8GHz processor and holds a battery of 2,965mAh (charges via microUSB). There’s also a fingerprint scanner mounted on back. HTC Desire 12+ is expected to ship with Android Oreo, though this is yet to be confirmed.

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The market is flooded with a lot of devices just like HTC Desire 12, and there isn’t all that much to differentiate the new models from the competition. HTC will undoubtedly feel pressure from Chinese OEMs, and with no flagship out as of yet, the options are quite narrow for HTC fans. I think Desire 12 will be a tough sell, but that’s my opinion. What’s yours? Drop a comment below.


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I am Kaushik Boggarapu from India. I have been a tech enthusiast ever since I read some news about modern gadgets in 2007 in a local newspaper. I have been following tech news ever since. I like trying different gadgets and I love writing about them.