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HTC Desire 12s


HTC Desire 12s
HTC Desire 12s (Desire Series)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 8 x 1.4 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
3 GB 
5.70 inch 18:9, 1440 x 720 pixel 282 PPI, Capacitive, IPS, glossy: yes
32 GB eMMC Flash, 32 GB 
, 26 GB free
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm-Audioport, Card Reader: microSD up to 2 TB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, proximity sensor, compass
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/), Bluetooth 4.2, 2G (850/​900/​1,800/​1,900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.3 x 154.2 x 72.7 ( = 0.33 x 6.07 x 2.86 in)
3075 mAh Lithium-Ion
Operating System
Android 8.1 Oreo
Primary Camera: 13 MPix f/​2.0, phase-detection AF, LED flash, videos at 1080p/30FPS
Secondary Camera: 13 MPix f/​2.2, LED flash, videos at 1080p
Additional features
Speakers: Bottom-firing mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, Charger, USB cable, headset, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, LTE Cat 6 (300Mbps/​50Mbps); notification LED, fanless
150 g ( = 5.29 oz / 0.33 pounds), Power Supply: 46 g ( = 1.62 oz / 0.1 pounds)
200 Euro



Average Score: 60.46% - poor
Average of 5 scores (from 6 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 51%, features: 34%, display: 76% mobility: 79%, workmanship: 61%, ergonomy: 79%, emissions: 92%

Reviews for the HTC Desire 12s

78.3% HTC Desire 12s Review: Striped Smartphone | Notebookcheck
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?
60% HTC Desire 12s review
Source: Techradar English version
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%
60% HTC Desire 12S review: Little to be desired
Source: Pocket Lint English version
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%

Foreign Reviews

HTC Desire 12 S
Source: Android User German DE→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/19/2019
40% Test - HTC Desire 12S : un smartphone qui laisse à désirer
Source: CNet France French FR→EN version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/29/2019
Rating: Total score: 40%
64% Recenzja HTC Desire 12s – smartfona, dla którego czas się zatrzymał…
Source: Tabletowo Turkish PL→EN version
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/27/2019
Rating: Total score: 64% performance: 70% display: 70% mobility: 65% workmanship: 55%
HTC: Przebudzenie mocy. Recenzja HTC Desire 12S
Source: Antyweb Turkish PL→EN version
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.

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

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.


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.

60.46%: Such a poor rating is rare. There are only a few notebooks that were rated even worse. The rating websites do not give a purchase recommendation here.

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


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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2019-04- 3)