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HTC unveils 18:9 Desire 12 and Desire 12+ — for those who desire a more affordable yet pretty-looking option

HTC unveils 18:9 Desire 12 and Desire 12+ — for those who desire a more affordable yet pretty-looking option

by Vyncent ChanMarch 20, 2018
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HTC’s latest Desire duo brings 18:9 displays to the budget price bracket. The two new devices feature HTC’s signature Liquid Surface design for a touch of premium. Even more interestingly, HTC’s first dabble at a dual-camera depth detection system for the HTC Desire 12+.

Under the acrylic glass back, the HTC Desire 12+ features a Snapdragon 450, a good entry-level chipset mated to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The HTC Desire 12 gets the same amount of RAM and storage, but only packs a quad-core MediaTek MT6739. Acrylic glass may not crack as easily, but glossy plastics will collect scratches like nobody’s business.

Handling the imaging department is a 13MP camera featuring PDAF on both the HTC Desire 12 and Desire 12+. The larger model packs a secondary 2MP camera for depth detection, enabling the desirable bokeh everyone and their mothers want in their shots. The BSI sensor gets its light through a f/2.2 aperture, which is quite small for a 2018 device. Selfie-fanatics will get more joy from the Desire 12+ and its 8MP f/2.0 selfie camera, while the Desire 12 makes do with a 5MP f/2.4 front camera.

Both devices feature HTC Sense, complete with HTC Sense Companion for smart suggestions for optimal performance. Smart Alarms is also a cool feature, turning off alarms on holiday mornings to allow you to sleep in. Now, that’s really intelligent! Aside from cool software features to enhance your user experience, the 18:9 1440 x 720 displays are easier to hold, with the HTC Desire 12 having a 5.5″ one, and the HTC Desire 12+ packing a 6″ display.

Both devices will be available in Warm Silver and Cool Black by April 2018.


HTC Desire 12HTC Desire 12+
CPU/Chipset:MediaTek MT6739 (4 x ARM Cortex A53 @ 1.5 GHz)Snapdragon 450 (8 x ARM Cortex A53 @ 1.8 GHz)
GPU:IMG PowerVR GE8100 @ 570 MHzAdreno 506 @ 650 MHz
Display:5.5″ 18:9 HD+ (1440 x 720), IPS6″ 18:9 HD+ (1440 x 720), IPS
Storage:32GB (expandable up to 2TB)32GB (expandable up to 2TB)
13MP, f/2.2, BSI sensor, PDAF, single LED flash
5MP, f/2.4, BSI sensor
13MP + 2MP, f/2.2, BSI sensor, PDAF, single LED flash, bokeh mode
8MP, f/2.0, BSI sensor, LED flash, HDR, Beauty mode
OS:Android 8.0 Oreo with HTC SenseAndroid 8.0 Oreo with HTC Sense
Connectivity:WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz & 5 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.2
Cat.4 LTE
WiFi 802.11 /b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
Bluetooth 4.2
Cat.4 LTE
SIM:Dual nano-SIMDual nano-SIM
Battery:2730 mAh2965 mAh
Weight:137 g157.5 g

Pokdepinion: I hope HTC prices these well, as they are very unimpressive when it comes to its specifications.

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Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.

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