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HTC Desire 12 vs Desire 12+: In-house battle

21 March 2018 5

Even though HTC didn't bring any new smartphone at the MWC 2018 but that doesn't mean the company isn't producing new smartphones. HTC just announced a couple of new mid-rangers under their Desire lineup. The new smartphones are announced as Desire 12 and Desire 12+. HTC's latest mid-range offerings are not only bringing the futuristic 2:1 display with minimal bezels but also the devices are packed with the strikingly beautiful design. The company brought somewhat similar design they introduced last year with the flagship U11 series.

A few years ago HTC uses Desire lineup for their flagship smartphones, later on, this series was used to release mid-rangers whereas the flagships were released under new One lineup. The latest Desire 12 series brings an outstanding design which certainly will help the company to compete well against the traditional mid-rangers in the market. There is a number of differences between Desire 12 and Desire 12+ that's why both fall in different niche despite being mid-rangers.

Like always whenever a new smartphone is announced, we put it in comparison with a number of devices in the same league. Today we will compare the latest Desire 12 against the Desire 12+ to know exactly what the hardware and design changes between the two devices. Without any further ado, let's start with the design.

70.8 x 148.5 x 8.2 mm
5.5 inches - 1440x720 px
76.6 x 158.2 x 8.4 mm
6 inches - 1440x720 px
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Design and Display

The good thing is HTC opted same design material for both the Desire 12 and Desire 12+. The chassis on both the devices is made up of aluminum with Acrylic glass covering the rear side. On first look, you will find both the devices pretty much similar to the U11. The rear edges are gently curved so that users can easily grasp the device with a single hand. No matter which device you opt overall feel is quite premium. Its good to see HTC opted a different path from regular metal slab designs like most of the mid-rangers in the market.

The Desire 12 series design is indeed worth standout amongst the competition. Another key difference between the two devices is on the rear side. The Desire 12 features a single camera module on the top left corner with a single LED flashlight whereas the Desire 12+ comes with dual rear cameras. The dual sensors are placed horizontally on the top left corner. The Desire 12 lacks fingerprint scanner whereas the fingerprint scanner on the Desire 12+ is in the center in below the camera sensors.

The Desire 12 dimensions are 148.5 x 70.8 x 8.2 mm and it weighs 137g. On the other hand, the Desire 12+ measurements are 158.2 x 76.6 x 8.4mm and it weighs 157g. In terms of size, the difference is quite evident, the Desire 12+ is not only taller and wider but also thicker as well.

As far as the display panel is a concern, both the devices come with IPS LCD display panel. The Desire 12 features 5.5-inches display with HD+ screen resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels. Being the plus variant, the Desire 12+ display is of 6-inches with HD+ screen resolution. The display aspect ratio of both the devices is 2:1. For connectivity, both have MicroUSB ports and Bluetooth 4.2.

Hardware specs

Under the hood being mid-rangers both the devices doesn't have top of the line hardware. The Desire 12 is powered up by the MediaTek 6739 SoC. The base variant has 2GB RAM with 16GB storage whereas the top of the line variant has 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. The Desire 12+ is running on Snapdragon 450 SoC which is a bit surprising considering most of the mid-range category smartphones have at least Snapdragon 625 SoC. The Chipset is accompanied by 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. As OS both the devices is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.0.

The Desire 12 lights are kept on by a 2,730mAh battery cell whereas the battery cell on the Desire 12+ is 2,965mAh. The rear primary snapper of Desire 12 is 13MP with f/2.2 aperture and Phase Detection Autofocus. Up front, the selfie camera is 5MP with f/2.0. The Desire 12+ features dual rear snappers, the primary snapper is 13MP whereas the secondary sensor is 2MP. Both the sensors aperture size are f/2.2. Having dual rear snapper is always a plus point as it brings bokeh effect which allows the user to capture subject solely by blurring the remaining seen. The Desire 12+ not only have the dual front-facing cameras but also the device has an 8MP sensor on the front with f/2.0 aperture.

The devices are initially available in Spain at a price tag of 199 Euros and 249 Euros respectively. We can expect it will be released for other countries in European region pretty soon. It is currently available in gold, black and lilac colors.

Specs HTC Desire 12 Desire 12+
Display 5.5-inches 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 720 x 1440 pixels 720 x 1440 pixels
Chipset MediaTek 6739 Snapdragon 450
RAM 2/3GB 3GB
Storage 16/32GB 32GB
Rear camera 13MP 13MP+2MP
Front camera 5MP 8MP
Battery 2,730mAh 2,965mAH
USB Micro-USB Micro-USB
IP-ratings None None
OS Android Oreo Android Oreo

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