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HTC Desire 12: new lineup for 2018


It took some time for the Taiwanese manufacturer to showcase their lineup for 2018, but HTC Desire 12 seems to the real deal very soon.

It might not be as award-winning as the flagship U11, but there’s still enough talking point to get everyone excited about it.

Before we begin, let’s do a quick throwback to last year’s U11 as per below:

  • 5.5-inch Quad HD Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2560 pixels or ~534 ppi pixel density
  • IP67 certified - dust and water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • Metal body
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 540 graphics and 4GB/6GB RAM
  • 12MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, phase detection autofocus, OIS and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 16MP secondary camera
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Android Nougat 7.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • May 2017 release date
  • $649 USD price tag

HTC U11 has everything that a flagship should have. Nothing beats a smartphone with great looks, but great looks that comes with the best hardware, best camera, and everything else in between makes for a complete package.

That was last year, what is in store for us this year with the Desire 12 then? 

  • 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 ratio or ~293 ppi density
  • Fullview display
  • Mediatek chipset with quad-core processor and 3GB RAM
  • 12MP primary camera with phase detection autofocus and LED flash
  • 5MP secondary camera
  • 32GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 400GB maximum
  • Android Oreo 8.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2730 mAh battery
  • Q2 2018 expected release date

With Desire 12 set to be among the first few to be released, we can see that the Desire 12 will be filling in the entry-level slot for HTC.

Starting with the 5.5-inch IPS screen that comes with only High Definition resolution, but with Fullview display on it.

Regarding performance, it is said to be equipped with a yet-to-be revealed Mediatek chipset with a quad-core processor and 3GB RAM.

Camera-wise, the 12MP-5MP should be able to provide a decent shooting experience with the Desire 12’s snapper. Not too good but not too shabby either.

Moving on to the storage, the 32GB internal storage sounds just about right for you to install all your favourite apps and games. Should you need more space, just pop in a microSD card, and you are all set to go up to a whopping 400GB of additional space.

As for power, the Desire 12 is set to be powered by a 2730 mAh battery. This should give it enough juice to power up the smartphone for a full day or two.

One shining light for the Desire 12 is that it will be running on the latest Android Oreo 8.0 once it is released sometime in Q2 2018.


HTC Desire 12 looks to be a very good entry-level smartphone. If it is supported by a good price, then it should have no problem for the masses.

HTC Desire 12 is expected to be available in Q2 2018, and rumours are suggesting an April debut. It is said to be available in Black, Silver and Gold colours.

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