HTC Desire 12s
Secondary Camera: 13 MPix f/2.2, LED flash, videos at 1080p
Average of 5 scores (from 6 reviews)
Reviews for the HTC Desire 12s
HTC, one of the pioneers of the smartphone era, seems to be falling into oblivion more and more with each passing year. At least the Taiwanese manufacturer has now updated its mid-range line-up and introduced the HTC Desire 12s, a smartphone for around $200. Is it enough to rekindle our interest?
The HTC Desire 12s doesn't make much sense. There are other HTC phones that offer more for less, and the competition blows it out of the water. While the design and screen are highlights, they aren't enough to make up for the phone's poor performance or battery life.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/03/2019
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Pocket Lint
We remember when HTC was the phone maker to go for. When the Desire name meant something. And as the Taiwanese company continues to make some decent top-end devices, we had hopes that the Desire 12S would be an upstanding example against its increasing competition.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/31/2019
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: CNet France FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/29/2019
Rating: Total score: 40%
Source: Tabletowo PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/27/2019
Rating: Total score: 64% performance: 70% display: 70% mobility: 65% workmanship: 55%
Source: Antyweb PL→EN
Positive: Elegant design; great built quality; nice display; decent selfie camera. Negative: Average performance; short battery life.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/26/2019
Model: The HTC Desire 12s is yet another affordable smartphone to make it into the market with its own modest features to offer on the table. However, this particular smartphone model is not the least spared from the vehement yet realistic critique for being one of HTC’s most uninspiring releases to date. Despite the fact that it really does not have much to bring to the table other than a few upgrades on its several core features, it is worth going over the changes brought upon the orientation and specifications of the HTC Desire 12s.
When compared to the initial release of the HTC Desire 12 smartphone design, this seemingly amplified version in the Desire series operates using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor. The Snapdragon 435 integrates a Qualcomm Snapdragon X9 LTE modem which is designed to support download speeds up to 300 MB per second. Although the Snapdragon 435 is an evident downgrade from the processor which is used to power the HTC Desire 12 Plus, the optimal Internet speed will nevertheless be appreciated by users alike.
The community has spoken on the lack of a rear fingerprint sensor on the original HTC Desire smartphone models, as it is undoubtedly one of the most frequently sought components in Android smartphones these days. HTC has definitely heard the community’s voice and took heed to include one such in the release of the HTC Desire 12s as the next model in the line-up. The cut back based on the choice of processor used to power the HTC Desire 12s somehow made its way to the implementation of a fingerprint sensor on the rear of the phone. This addition is welcomed nonetheless, though it might be a little too late for this addition to initiate a significant bounce back from the flop that its predecessors had inevitably suffered.
It does not require further detailed inspection on the rear side of the phone in order to point out that their rear camera has also changed on the basis of trading off one good feature for another. Instead of opting for a dual rear camera setup which most smartphones in the market have prioritized upon, the HTC Desire 12s houses just one instead but coupling it with an LED flash in the same module cutout. One may wonder upon this rather confusing change, as a downgrade from a dual rear setup would not be commonly considered as a wise route to take. However, the rear camera comes with a 13 M sensor, and features an f/2.2 aperture and PDAF. The inclusion of the PDAF entails that the rear camera is capable of high function auto focus which can be utilized to capture fast moving subjects or rapid changes of scene.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Qualcomm Adreno 505: Mid range graphics card integrated in the Snapdragon 430 and 435 SoCs. Based on the 500 generation and supports modern standards like Vulkan 1.0, OpenGL ES 3.1 + AE, OpenCL 2.0 and DirectX 12.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
435: Lower mainstream octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 SoC clocked at up to 1.4 GHz and the Adreno 505 GPU, a DDR3L-1600 memory controller as well as an X9 LTE (Cat. 7) modem. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.
High Tech Computer Corporation (HTC) is a Taiwanese manufacturer of mobile phones and other electronic products. In 2012, HTC stopped producing tablets under their own name. In 2012-2013, they faced heavy sales declines. Since then, the company is medium-sized in the smartphone sector. There are numerous reviews on HTC Smartphones (as of 2016).
60.46%: Such a bad rating is rare. There exist hardly any notebooks, which are rated worse.
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