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HTC Desire 12 Plus

  • Supports Indian bands
  • VoLTE
  • 32 GB + 2 TB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Nano + Nano
  • Fingerprint sensor

Highlights from Expert Review

  • Stunning design
  • Android Oreo OS
  • Dual 4G VoLTE
  • No Full HD+ resolution
  • Mediocre battery life
  • No fast charging


ModelDesire 12 Plus
Operating SystemAndroid v8.0 (Oreo)
Custom UIHTC Sense
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Quick Charging
Height158.2 mm
Width76.6 mm
Thickness8.4 mm
Weight157.5 grams
ColoursCool Black, Warm Silver
Screen Size6.0 inches (15.24 cm)
Screen Resolution720 x 1440 pixels
Aspect Ratio18:9
Bezel-less displayyes
Pixel Density268 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)76.66 %
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 450
ProcessorOcta core, 1.8 GHz, Cortex A53
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsAdreno 506
Internal Memory32 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
User Available StorageUp to 23 GB
Resolution8 MP Front Camera
SensorBSI Sensor
Physical ApertureF2.0
Image Resolution4128 x 3096 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesFixed Focus
Video Recording1920x1080 @ 30 fps
Capacity2965 mAh
User Replaceable
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
USB ConnectivityMass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionRear
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass
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Expert Review


The HTC Desire 12+ is certainly not a value for money device at the launch price of Rs. 19,790. It comes with mediocre specifications if we compare it with other budget smartphones. However, the design looks fresh with the addition of liquid surface design back and gloss finish. It has a big, bezel-less display but it does not have Full HD+ resolution. The chipset is also not very powerful but the overall performance is decent. The camera department performs well but the portrait mode is mediocre. The battery life is poor and there is no fast charging support. The interface based on Oreo OS is very stable and smooth. So if you’re a die hard HTC fanboy, you can purchase the HTC Desire 12+. In case you’re not one, we would suggest you to check out the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Vivo V9 Youth and Moto G6.


HTC’s market share in the Indian smartphone market has declined a lot in the last couple of years and as a result the company did not launch new smartphones in the recent past as well. Once again HTC is trying a bit to stay relevant in the Indian market and hence they have launched a couple of new mid-ranged smartphones named Desire 12 and Desire 12+ in India back in June 2018. Here, we will look at the HTC Desire 12+ review and try to find out if the phone is worth the money or HTC is once again losing the battle with Chinese giants like Xiaomi and Huawei. Glance at the specifications of the mobile below.

The HTC Desire 12+ rocks a 6-inch HD+ display, that is powered by a Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor and 3GB RAM. There is 32GB of internal memory, that is expandable up to 2TB. The phone runs on HTC Sense UI based on Android 8.0 Oreo OS. There is a 13 megapixel primary rear camera along with a 2 megapixel secondary rear camera and a 8 megapixel selfie shooter on the front. The Desire 12+ comes with a fingerprint sensor at the back. We also get 4G VoLTE and Dual SIM connectivity along with the usual WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (Dual Band), 3G HSPA+, Bluetooth 4.2 LE and GPS with GLONASS. In the battery department, there is a 2965mAh battery under the hood. The HTC Desire 12+ boasts of some sensors including gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, proximity and ambient light sensors.

Design & Display:

The HTC Desire 12+ is completely made up of metal and has a solid build quality. Like most HTC smartphones, the Desire 12+ also has a great ergonomic design. The phone looks solid and feels great in hand. The rounded edges make it very easy to grip the phone. The bezel-less design looks gorgeous but it has thick chins on both top and bottom. Despite of having a big display, the phone looks compact. The back features a liquid-surface design along with a glossy finish. It looks stunningly beautiful but is a fingerprint magnet. Hence, we would suggest you to use a protective case to preserve the look.

Starting with the back side of the Desire 12+, we get the primary rear cameras sitting on the top left along with the dual-tone LED flash and secondary microphone on its right. Below the cameras, the fingerprint sensor and HTC branding are found. The back cover is not removable but the 2965mAh battery sits inside it. Turning the phone, there is a 6-inch display along with the selfie camera, couple of sensors, LED flash and earpiece. We get three on-screen buttons for navigation. On the right side, we get the volume rocker and power/lock button and on the left, we have the hybrid slot for SIM and microSD cards. At the bottom, we have the microUSB port in the center, 3.5mm audio jack and primary microphone on the left side and the loudspeaker on the right side. The top side remains clean. Overall, the HTC Desire 12+ is a stunning looking smartphone but the hardware is mediocre.

The HTC Desire 12+ features a 6-inch Super LCD display, which has a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels (HD+). It is a big, modern, bezel-less display but the resolution is too low for a mid-ranged smartphone. However, the colors are accurate and the saturation is neutral. The display looks sharp and vivid. Since the screen size is big, the pixel density is lower than smaller displays. The brightness and contrast levels are also good. The viewing angles are perfect while the sunlight legibility is good too. It is perfect for high-definition media consumption and gaming. The display does not get any branded protection but we get a generic 2.5D curved glass on top of the screen to protect it from daily wear and tear.

The touch response of the Desire 12+ is quite smooth and fluid because of the responsive UI and 2.5D curved glass. Overall, the HTC Desire 12+ has a modern display that is big in size but the HD+ resolution is not justified when we are getting Full HD+ resolution displays in half the price.


The HTC Desire 12+ packs in a Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz along with 3GB RAM. It is a low-end processor from the house of Qualcomm and the Desire 12+ deserved a better chipset at this price. However, it can handle most of the tasks and processes smoothly but it does face some lag and stuttering with high-end apps. There is no lag in the UI while performing day-to-day tasks. The multitasking experience is quite good due to 3GB of RAM onboard. It supports heavy multitasking and you can run more than five apps simultaneously. You can play normal games on this device but high-intensive graphics games will on run on low or medium settings. The HTC Desire 12+ comes with 32GB internal storage, out of which we got around 26GB of free space. You can bump it up to 2TB by purchasing a microSD card. There is a fingerprint sensor located at the back and it works perfectly.

Talking about connectivity, the Desire 12+ from the house of HTC supports only Dual SIM. The phone is 4G VoLTE enabled and both the SIM supports VoLTE simulnateously. The battery capacity of the Desire 12+ is 2965mAh. It is a non-removable battery and it also does not support fast charging. You will get about one day of battery life with normal usage but if you're a heavy user, you will end up charging it twice a day. So, the battery life is below average.

Overall, the HTC Desire 12+ is an average performer and should have been a lot better at this price.


In the camera department of the HTC Desire 12+, we get dual camera setup (13 megapixel primary lens and 2 megapixel secondary lens). They perform really well and can click great pictures, specially in daylight with the HDR mode. The images had a lot of details with dynamic range. The colors were not over saturated and the images looked bright and vivid. However, we saw some amount of grain and noise in images shot in dark and low lighting conditions. The focusing speed is quick and most of the times it gets it right as well. Macro images shot with this camera had a lot of shallow depth of field effect. The secondary lens is capable of clicking average portrait images in good lighting conditions. On the front, we get a 8 megapixel shooter for clicking selfies and it does a good job. We also get a LED flash for clicking great low light selfies in the dark.

The camera app UI of the HTC Desire 12+ is very simple and easy to use because of the user-friendly interface. There are a lot of modes including HDR, Night, Panorama but the Auto mode works the best in case you're a novice photographer. However, you can also use the manual mode if you know photography in general. Both the cameras can record Full HD videos and the quality is pretty good. Overall, the camera department of the HTC Desire 12+ is quite good but the portrait mode could have been a lot better.

Audio & Video:

The machine drilled speaker cutouts of the HTC Desire 12+ are found at the right bottom of the phone. The quality is top-notch and it does not get muffled when the phone is put on a flat surface since the speaker is placed at the bottom but it will get muffled while playing games or watching videos as your hand blocks the speaker ocassionally. However, it does not have a stereo setup. The native music player has all the necessary features and hence you will not have to download any third-party music player. Although, you can download your favorite music streaming apps to stream online music.

The HTC Desire 12+ can play both Full HD and Ultra HD videos with ease. We did not face any lag or frame drops. The native video player works very well but you can download a third-party one if you have any personal favorite. The earphones that come in the box have good quality and you can use them instead of purchasing new ones.

Overall, the HTC Desire 12+ offers a very good audio and video experience.

Software & Ui:

Out of the box, the HTC Desire 12+ runs on HTC Sense UI based on Android 8.0 Oreo OS. It is the latest OS from the house of Google and if you’re lucky you’ll get a major OS update next year as well. In terms of quality, the interface is smooth and fluid for most of the basic day-to-day tasks. However, we did find a little lag here and there. The Sense UI from the house of HTC has evolved a lot over the last couple of years and now the company does not include duplicate apps such as Music, Gallery since the Google suite of apps already has them. It does come with some pre-installed apps but you can easily uninstall them to save some space. In case you do not like the Sense UI, then you can install a third-party theme like Nova Launcher to change the look of the interface.

Overall, the HTC Desire 12+ comes with a smooth interface based on the latest Oreo OS.

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