Our Opinion

The HTC Desire 12 Plus is a slightly better phone, but the HTC Desire 12 is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then HTC Desire 12 Plus might be a slightly better choice.

HTC Desire 12  HTC Desire 12 Plus 
HTC Desire 12 HTC Desire 12 Plus
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Excellence Score
28.5
31.5
Value for Money Score
61.3
57.0
Price ₹ 15,800 onwards ₹ 19,790 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2018 Jun, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.0 Nougat Android 8.0 Oreo
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 720x1440 pixels (~ 293 pixels per inch) 720x1440 pixels (~ 268 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Features 2.5D Curved Glass 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 1.5 GHz 1.8 GHz
Processor Type Quad Core Octa Core
Processor Name MediaTek MT6739 Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
GPU PowerVR Rogue GE8100 Adreno 506
RAM 3 GB 3 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 13.0 MP 13.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features F/2.2 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama Dual Camera (13MP + 2MP), F/2.2 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face detection, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 5.0 MP 8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.4 Aperture, 1/5" Sensor Size, 1.12um Pixel Size F/2.0 Aperture, LED Flash, Beauty mode, HDR, Full HD video recording, Face detection
Internal Memory 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 2 TB up to 2 TB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 8.2 mm 8.4 mm
Weight 137 gm 158 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 2730 mAh 2965 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes
Other Features WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives] N/A
  • Sleek looks, polished design - the HTC Desire 12 Plus strikes a premium look, and mimics the polished Liquid Surface look from HTC’s U11 flagship (but is made of durable acrylic instead of glass)
  • Sits snugly in your hand - the rear edges curve smoothly into the flat back panel, giving the phone a great and comfy in-hand feel - the minimal bezel design helps too in keeping the phone relatively compact
  • The fingerprint sensor on the back is well-placed, works without a hitch, and unlocks the phone quickly, even with partial finger placements
  • Crisp, clear, large display - images on the Desire 12+ are sharp and have an impressive level of clarity despite the modest resolution - it also does a fine job of producing natural looking colors - the modern 18:9 aspect ratio is great for viewing content whether it’s websites, e-books, games, apps and videos - there’s also a Night Light mode that reduces blue light on the screen to protect your eyes and help you fall asleep easier
  • HTC retains a Clutter-free Android UI with minimal bloat - the only significant additions are HTC’s Blink Feed (social media+news feed) and Sense Companion (AI companion, similar to Google Assistant - it gives you suggestions throughout the day on how to make the most out of your phone)
  • Snappy performance for day-to-day use, backed by the solid Snapdragon 450 - navigation is fast, clean and smooth on the Desire 12 Plus with no noticeable lag - loading times are zippy, with the exception of a few intensive apps - surfing the web with multiple tabs open together with multitasking and switching quickly between apps also goes off without a hitch - benchmark scores are similar to the likes of Honor 7x, Honor 9 Lite, Nokia 6, and Moto G5S
  • Pretty capable set of dual camera on the rear - the rear cameras can turn out some very good shots - though getting there takes some effort, because of the slowness of the app - but if you’re in a well-lit environment and have steady enough hands AND your subject doesn’t move too much, you can snap some beautiful shots - color reproduction on photos is good too
  • The dual setup allows for multiple focal point capture at the same time, allowing you to adjust focus in photos later so if you aren’t happy with your shots, a quick tweak in the Photos app can put things right - you can take some pretty good bokeh shots as well with reasonably blurred backgrounds for portraits and such
  • Decent selfie camera too - selfies on the HTC Desire 12 Plus turn out reasonably well with accurate tones (but there’s a noticeable loss in detail, and shutter speeds are even slower than the cameras on the rear, so taking a selfie while walking is out of the question)
  • Overall, the cameras on HTC Desire 12 Plus are more than capable albeit on the slow side and can deliver results rivalling its mid-range competitors
  • The audio quality via single downward-firing mono speaker on the bottom is loud and clear for the most part and avoids sounding too reedy
  • Decent battery life - it is able to comfortably last a day after moderate use with 20% left in the tank towards the end of the day
  • Decent charging speed (though it doesn't support fast charging) - you can charge the phone to 70% in an hour and a half
2-minute Review [Negatives] N/A
  • The back tends to be a fingerprint magnet, so you might want to use a case
  • The display is pretty good but could have been brighter under sunlight
  • The performance while good in daily use, is a full step behind the best phones in this price bracket, which use faster chipsets
  • The cameras (both those on the rear, and the front camera), while pretty good, are definitely on the slow side - the camera app is plagued with lag, and shutter speeds are slow even during daylight conditions
  • Low-light scenarios are a real struggle for the same reason - the camera will take its time to focus, and shutter speeds are even worse
  • Storage-wise, if you tend to save a lot of videos/games on your phone, the humble 32GB can get limiting - and if you add to that with microSD storage, you will lose out on the second sim slot (the phone has Hybrid Dual SIM), so that is something to keep in mind
  • On the whole, while the Desire 12 Plus is a decent pick for those not too fussed about the latest and greatest, and simply want a solid, reliable performer, but it will face some tough competition in this segment from Xiaomi, Honor and other phones, that offer higher resolution screens, pixel-packed cameras and faster chipsets in the same or lower price range
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