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HTC Desire 12


HTC Desire 12
HTC Desire 12 (Desire Series)
Mediatek MT6739 4 x 1.3 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
PowerVR GE8100, Core: 570 MHz
3 GB 
5.50 inch 2:1, 1440 x 720 pixel 293 PPI, capacitive , IPS, glossy: yes
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 23 GB free
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5-mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC (up to 2 TB), Brightness Sensor, Sensors: motion sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, microUSB
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/), Bluetooth 4.1, GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 (B5/B8/B2/B1 ), HSDPA 42, HSUPA 5.76, LTE (#UL) FDD: Bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17, 28, LTE (#DUGL) FDD: Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28 TDD: Bands 38, 40, 41, Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.2 x 148.5 x 70.8 ( = 0.32 x 5.85 x 2.79 in)
2730 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 7.1 Nougat
Primary Camera: 13 MPix Autofocus, HDR, LED flash, f2.2 aperture
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix f/2.4, 1/5
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: virtual, USB Type-B cable, charger, stereo headset, 24 Months Warranty, SAR-value: 0.315 W/kg, fanless
137 g ( = 4.83 oz / 0.3 pounds), Power Supply: 60 g ( = 2.12 oz / 0.13 pounds)
199 EUR



Average Score: 67.99% - average
Average of 7 scores (from 11 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 51%, features: 62%, display: 73% mobility: 75%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 76%, emissions: 97%

Reviews for the HTC Desire 12

75.9% HTC Desire 12 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
The object of desire? The smartphone-pioneer HTC first brought its Desire series to the market almost eight years ago. Since then, the Desire series has fallen off the map. Now the HTC Desire 12 tries to find some new fans. In our review, we examine whether the 199-Euro (~$234) dual-SIM smartphone with a 5.5-inch display and Android 7 is any good.
49% HTC Desire 12 Glanz-Gehäuse ohne nennenswerte Qualitäten
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/23/2018
Rating: Total score: 49%
92% HTC Desire 12
Source: Android Mag German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/09/2018
Rating: Total score: 92% performance: 44% features: 74% display: 56% mobility: 46% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 84%
69% HTC Desire 12 Für den Preis gibt's Besseres
Source: German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/07/2018
Rating: Total score: 69% performance: 59% features: 69% display: 82% mobility: 80%
69% HTC Desire 12 Für den Preis gibt's Besseres
Source: German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/07/2018
Rating: Total score: 69% performance: 59% features: 69% display: 82% mobility: 80%
50% HTC Desire 12 Das reicht einfach nicht
Source: Android Pit German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/08/2018
Rating: Total score: 50%
HTCs neues Mittelklasse-Handy
Source: Tech Stage German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/07/2018
71% HTC Desire 12 Es ist nicht alles Gold, was glänzt
Source: Curved German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/30/2018
Rating: Total score: 71% performance: 73% display: 64% mobility: 78%
Günstige Smartphones im Premium-Look
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/20/2018
Test du HTC Desire 12 : #htcdesireisback
Source: Top for Phone French FR→EN version
Positive: Beautiful design; solid workmanship; nice display; good price. Negative: Low performance; no fingerprint sensor; low autonomy.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/15/2018
Recenzja HTC Desire 12. Tajwańczycy podejmują walkę z Honorem i Xiaomi
Source: Antyweb Turkish PL→EN version
Positive: Good display; solid workmanship; nice selfie camera. Negative: Mediocre design; no fingerprint sensor; short battery life; combined slot; poor main camera.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/28/2018
Trên tay HTC Desire 12 và Desire 12+: Tầm trung có màn hình 18:9, giá hợp lý
Source: The Gioididong VN→EN version
Positive: Good price; impressive design; solid workmanship; nice display; decent cameras. Negative: Weak hardware; plastic case.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 03/23/2018


Model: With a 5.5” display, users will be surprised how elegantly the Desire 12 fit in their hand. The modern and sleek design exhibits the beauty of the U series with the iconic liquid surface wrapped around the most compact and lightweight 18:9 phones the company has ever made. Featuring a bigger screen, a new and improved camera, and a stylish design, HTC is ready to play. The device features an elegant design which is a tribute to the company’s liquid surface heritage but with a new, streamlined look. The seamless frame and beautifully curved edges have a luxurious feel, and the dynamic colors add to their own unique style. It comes in three colors: Cool Black, Royal Gold, and Warm Silver. The HTC Desire 12 is powered by a MediaTek MT6739 CPU processor with 32 GB, 3 GB RAM. It packs in a non-removable Li-Ion 2730 mAh battery at 8.2 mm device thickness and a weight of 137 g, running on Android 8.0 (Oreo). This incorporates the HTC Sense Companion, which offers suggestions based on things users do, whether that’s smart alarms responding to their calendar, or Battery Saver to remind them to charge up before they leave home. With a stunning 18:9 and 5.5-inch screen, HTC Desire 12 gives a bigger and better viewing experience to enjoy the things user loves. The slender frame offers a comfortable single-handed experience and easy maneuverability. However, a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels meaning it's a long way from the QHD of the top-end Samsung Galaxy S9, for instance.

As for the camera, it has a 13 MP rear camera and supports Wifi, GPS, 3G and 4G LTE. Dual cameras on HTC Desire 12 capture multiple focal points simultaneously letting user refocus photographs after they are taken or add a bokeh effect. Bokeh mode gives user sharp foregrounds and naturally blurred backgrounds for more artistic photography. The user can capture beautiful and vivid photographs, day or night, with the 13 MP main camera on the HTC Desire 12. And the Phase Detection Autofocus will ensure user get clear details even if a subject is on the move. The large f/2.0 aperture in the front camera of HTC Desire 12 lets in more light for accurate details in low light settings. The user can get clear and well-lit selfies thanks to a front-facing LED flash or enjoy the soft-tone selfie light for a natural glow in any environment. Rounding out the spec list is the usual collection of radios, including Cat 4 LTE, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, micro-USB port and GPS / Glonass modules. HTC has been struggling to catch the Android market in the past few years. With a device like the Desire 12, there is no doubt that it will bring back some Android users to HTC but just how successful it is yet to be known.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Imagination PowerVR GE8100: Integrated graphics card for entry level ARM SoCs. Smallest variant of the Series8XE series of GPUs (GE8xx0) with a peak fillrate of only one pixel/clock.

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

MT6739: Entry level quad core soc (4x Cortex-A53 at up to 1.5 GHz) with an integrated LTE modem (Cat. 4 DL / Cat 5 UL), Wifi and PowerVR GE8100 GPU.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


It is a very small display format for smartphones. You should by no means be mis-sighted and you will generally see very little on the screen and only have a small resolution available. In return, the device should be very small and handy.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


High Tech Computer Corporation (HTC) is a Taiwanese manufacturer of cell phones, tablets and other electronic products.

67.99%: This rating is poor. More than three quarters of the models are rated better. That is rather not a purchase recommendation. Even if verbal ratings in this area do not sound that bad ("sufficient" or "satisfactory"), they are usually euphemisms that disguise a classification as a below-average laptop.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.


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