HTC Desire 12 / Desire 12+ Dual Review: Premium on a budget
May 14, 2018

Let’s check out HTC’s latest midrange offering.

HTC’s Desire midrange smartphone line looks like it may have been discontinued, but the latest revival of the model proves that the company is still committed to offering consumers various smartphone options in every price bracket.

The HTC Desire 12 and Desire 12+ share similar design aspects in the form of a seamless frame bundled with curved edges and a glossy design. The mirror-like exterior definitely gives it a premium feel, but the problem with this is that it’s a fingerprint magnet. Minutes after taking it out of the box, the two smartphones are now littered with smudges and fingerprints.

Size is probably the main distinguishing characteristic between the Desire 12 and the Desire 12+. But you can check the table below for an overview of the specifications that highlights the main differences between the two:



HTC Desire 12 HTC Desire 12+


5.5-inch 6-inch


720-by-1440 pixels 720-by-1440 pixels
Operating System


Android 7.0 Nougat Android 8.0 Oreo


Mediatek MT6739 Snapdragon 450


2 GB / 3 GB 3 GB


16 GB / 32 GB 32 GB


13-megapixels Dual 13-megapixels + 2-megapixels


2730 mAh 2965 mAh

The HTC Desire 12 clearly has the less powerful hardware, but its size may just be the right fit for some users. It doesn’t support any kind of biometric security like a fingerprint reader, so your only choice for security either a PIN code or a pattern.

Despite the modest specifications, the Desire 12 performed well the entire time I was using it. It isn’t a powerhouse that’s for sure, but for the casual social media browsing, sending emails and making calls it does the job well.

The lower specification may be the reason that the Desire 12 is only running on Android Nougat and while it’s still a perfectly capable operating system, you’ll be missing out on some of the newer features of Android Oreo – considering that Android P would be released in just a few months. Both devices feature dual SIM capability and microSD support.

The Desire 12’s camera is strictly okay, with images that appear less saturated than we expected. It’s not entirely bad, considering that it’s a midrange smartphone. We just wish it was better.

The bigger and undoubtedly better HTC Desire 12+ is definitely more capable, as it managed to breeze through the various apps and games that I ran on it. It’s snappier and easier to navigate thanks to the larger screen, and the addition of a fingerprint sensor at its rear makes it easy to unlock the device compared to typing a PIN code on the smaller Desire 12.

The Desire 12+ dual camera offers the same bokeh effect popularized by previous smartphones and while the results aren’t in the same level, it’s a step up from the camera of Desire 12.

HTC’s own Sense skins sit atop of Android which runs on both of these devices. While it has improved over the years, I’m still not a fan of the numerous bloatware you’ll find when you first turn on the smartphone and the bad part is that you can’t even uninstall them.

Other HTC features like the Sense Companion aims to give a more personal virtual assistant, though most of the time I just end up turning it off.

Overall, these are fairly decent smartphones that offer a decent performance for its price. But you should also consider similarly-priced smartphones that could possibly offer more for that price.

Both the HTC Desire 12 and Desire 12+ are priced competitively at 729 AED and 829 AED respectively. If you’re looking for a midrange smartphone that can deliver, the Desire 12 series is a good choice – though we’d favor the Desire 12+ more than the smaller Desire 12.

HTC Desire 12

We Love:

+ Excellent premium feel and design

We Hate:

– Runs on Android 7.0 Nougat

– Camera could be better

– No fingerprint sensor

Final Rating: 3/5

HTC Desire 12+

We Love:

+ Good display

+ Decent performance

+ Dual-lens camera

We Hate:

– Bloatware

Final Rating: 3.5/5

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.
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