HTC Desire 12+ Review

HTC Desire 12+ Review

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The HTC Desire 12+ is priced at Rs. 19,790 in India
  • It has an HD+ display and dual rear cameras
  • It is powered by the Snapdragon 450 SoC and has 3GB of RAM

HTC was one of the first to enter the smartphone race, but this Taiwanese company has not had it easy over the years. Recently, part of the company – including some of its top engineers – was acquired by Google to work on its Pixel smartphones. Even after this transition, we are seeing good devices such as the HTC U11+ (Review). HTC has now launched a mid-range smartphone called the Desire 12+ in India, priced at Rs. 19,790. It follows the ongoing trend of 18:9 displays and has dual rear cameras. Does it have the overall performance to justify its price tag? We find out.

 

HTC Desire 12+ design

Take a look at the Desire 12+ and you know it’s an HTC smartphone, since it carries the family look. The design is simple and in line with what you would expect from most smartphones nowadays. HTC says that it has an acrylic glass back surface, but it feels quite plasticky to the touch. This is a little surprising since many phones in this price range use more premium materials such as glass and metal. The back does pick up smudges easily and you will need to wipe it often to keep it clean. During our review period, we also saw it picking up fine scratches.

The Desire 12+ sports a 6-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, making the phone tall and narrow. It has a metallic earpiece, selfie camera, and notification LED above the display. The phone isn’t too thick and is comfortable to hold in the hand. It weighs 157g and is 8.4mm in thickness. The buttons are positioned on the right, but higher than where we would like them. HTC has two colour options for the Desire 12+ in India: Warm Silver and Cool Black. We got the Cool Black version for review, and it looks more blue than black depending on the light.

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This phone has a dual camera setup at the back, placed horizontally, along with a single-LED flash and a fingerprint sensor. The Desire 12+ has a Micro-USB port at the bottom along with a 3.5mm headphone socket and a loudspeaker. The left side of the phone has the SIM tray which has dual Nano-SIM slots and a dedicated microSD card slot.

HTC Desire 12+ specifications, software, and features

The HTC Desire 12+ is a bit of a disappointment when you look at the spec sheet. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC clocked at 1.8GHz. This is the same octa-core processor found in the Xiaomi Redmi 5 (Review) which costs half as much as this phone. We would have liked a Snapdragon 600-series processor at this price level. The 6-inch HD+ display on the Desire 12+ is also surprising considering that most phones even at lower prices offer full-HD+. Viewing angles are decent on the phone and it gets bright enough to be viewable under sunlight. HTC gives you the option to tweak the colour temperature of the display.

There is 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, of which you get 23GB for your data. You can expand storage by using the microSD card slot, and this phone can handle cards of up to 2TB. The dual camera setup on the back consists of a 13-megapixel primary sensor with PDAF and an f/2.2 aperture, along with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. There is an 8-megapixel selfie camera with a selfie light as well. Powering the phone is a 2965mAh battery, and you get a standard 5V, 1.5A charger in the box.

HTC Desire 12Plus Display HTC Desire 12  Review

 

Connectivity options on the HTC Desire 12+ include Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, and GLONASS. It is a dual-SIM device with support for 4G and VoLTE, but we found that either SIM can use 4G at a time but the other one will be restricted to 2G and 3G only.

In terms of software, the Desire 12+ runs on HTC’s Sense UI on top of Android 8.0 Oreo. Swipe right from the home screen and you are greeted by BlinkFeed, which displays the latest news based on the sources you choose. You can also add social media sources such as Facebook and Twitter to see your feeds directly in BlinkFeed. The UI isn’t drastically different from stock Android.

A lot of third-party apps are preinstalled on the phone, including Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, News Republic, and TouchPal. We couldn’t uninstall all of this bloatware from our review unit. You can customise the look of your phone using the Themes app. HTC’s Sense Companion provides custom reminders and suggestions based on your device usage and location. If it has a new suggestion, it also shows a floating icon for you to tap and interact with it. During our review, it did not offer any meaningful suggestions, but it might learn your usage patters over a longer period.

HTC Desire 12+ performance, cameras, and battery life

The Snapdragon 450 performs decently in the HTC Desire 12+. While navigation was smooth, we did have to deal with longer load times in a few apps. If your usage is limited to calls and using WhatsApp, you might not be bothered, but if you play games, the loading times can get a little annoying. While Clash Royale ran without any issues, we did see some stuttering and choppy frames while playing Hitman Sniper. We also observed slightly heavier battery drain while playing 3D games.

We ran our standard set of benchmarks to see how the HTC Desire 12+ fares against other devices in its price band. In AnTuTu, it managed to clock 70,680 points, similar to what the Moto G6 (Review) and Samsung Galaxy A6+ (Review) scored. Both are also powered by the same processor. We got 759 and 3,704 points in the single-core and multi-core tests in Geekbench 4 respectively. The phone managed 33fps in GFXBench T-Rex, and 809 in 3DMark Slingshot.

The camera app on the HTC Desire 12+ is basic and fairly easy to use. It has quick toggles for mode selection, beautification, filters, and Bokeh mode. We did not like the two-step process to change flash settings, and would have preferred a quick toggle instead. The Desire 12+ is quick to focus and adjust exposure based on available lighting. It has a Ubifocus mode which takes five shots at one time, giving you the option to refocus afterwards. You also get HDR, Portrait, Sports, Landscape, and other modes to choose from.

Photos taken with the Desire 12+ were average at best. You will need to enable HDR manually since it lacks auto detection. In daylight, we found that the camera was quick to focus and got the exposure right most of the time, but we noticed a loss in detail zooming in to the image. The Bokeh mode is easy to enable and has good edge detection. We encountered a bug which caused the phone to not save photos shot in this mode, but a quick restart fixed it for us. Macros are decent, but it isn’t easy to get the phone to lock focus when you want it to. We also tried shooting in Flower mode and found that autofocus refused to work.

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Low-light camera performance isn’t great either. Again, shots look decent on the phone’s screen, but zooming in reveals a loss in details. Photos taken with a light source at a distance appeared quite grainy. The Desire 12+ has a selfie flash which is helpful in low light. Selfies are good enough to be shared on messaging apps, but they aren’t as good as ones taken by the likes of Xiaomi Redmi Y2 (Review).

Video recording maxes out at 1080p for both the front and the rear cameras. There is continuous autofocus but it isn’t as quick as some of other phones we’ve tested recently. EIS is supported but we did not see any significant difference in clips recorded with it enabled.

In our HD video loop test, the phone went on for 9 hours and 43 minutes, which is below our expectations. With light usage, like WhatsApp and a Gmail account set up on the phone while we used it through the day, we found that it could last till the next morning. The supplied charger is rated at 7.5W and needs close to two hours to charge the device to 100 percent.

Verdict
HTC’s Desire 12+ is the latest smartphone offering from the company in the mid-range segment, but we feel that its asking price is too high for what it offers. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC is available in significantly cheaper phones such as the Xiaomi Redmi 5 and Oppo A71 (2018). The HD+ display is disappointing. If you are in the market for a smartphone with a budget of around Rs 20,000, you might want to choose between the Redmi Note 5 Pro (Review), the Moto X4 (Review), and the Oppo F7 (Review) instead.

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HTC Desire 12+

HTC Desire 12+

  • REVIEW
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Useful selfie flash
  • Dedicated microSD card slot
  • Bad
  • Buggy camera app
  • Low-resolution display
  • Average cameras
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HTC Desire 10 Pro India Launch Expected on Thursday

HTC Desire 10 Pro India Launch Expected on Thursday
HIGHLIGHTS
HTC Desire 10 Pro was launched in September
Comes with matte finish body and the metallic gold contours
Smartphone packs BoomSound stereo speakers
In September, HTC unveiled its Desire 10 Lifestyle and Desire 10 Pro smartphones with matte finish bodies and metallic gold contours. At the time, the company announced that Desire 10 Pro will be available in November. Now, it seems like the company will finally be launching the smartphone in India on Thursday as the company has started sending out invites for an event.

In its invite for the event, HTC says that it invites the recipient to the unveiling of its “latest innovation in sound and camera.” The gold and black outline of a smartphone further suggests that Desire 10 Pro smartphone might be launched at the event. To recall, HTC had launched the Desire 10 Lifestyle in India in late September – leaving the Desire 10 Pro as the launch candidate on Thursday.

The HTC Desire 10 Pro packs a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS LCD display with Gorilla Glass protection. The smartphone is powered by 1.8GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor. There are two variants of the phone, one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage, or 4GB of RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage. The storage is further expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB).

One of the most attractive features of HTC Desire 10 Pro is that it comes with BoomSound stereo speakers.

The smartphone comes with a 20-megapixel rear camera with laser autofocus, a BSI sensor, an f/2.2 aperture, and Auto HDR mode. The HTC Desire 10 Pro has a 13-megapixel front-facing camera with a BSI sensor, an f/2.2 aperture, and Auto HDR. In terms of connectivity options, it has Bluetooth v4.2, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, and 4G LTE Cat. 6 (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). It houses a 3000mAh battery, measures 156.5x76x7.86mm, and weighs 165 grams.

HTC Desire 10 Pro HTC Desire 10 Pro
KEY SPECS
NEWS
Display
5.50-inch
Processor
1.8GHz octa-core
Front Camera
13-megapixel
Resolution
1080×1920 pixels
RAM
3GB
OS
Android 6.0
Storage
32GB
Rear Camera
20-megapixel
Battery Capacity
3000mAh
Also See
Amazon
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle (Polar White, 32GB) –
Rs. 15,990
Amazon
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle (Stone Black, 32GB) –
Rs. 15,990
Flipkart
HTC Desire 628 Dual SIM (Sunset Blue, 32GB) – OFFER
Rs. 12,240
Tags: HTC Desire 10 Pro, Mobiles, Android, HTC, HTC Mobile Event

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HTC Desire 650 With 5-Inch Display, 13-Megapixel Rear Camera Launched

HTC Desire 650 With 5-Inch Display, 13-Megapixel Rear Camera Launched

HIGHLIGHTS

  • HTC Desire 650 has been launched in Taiwan
  • It has been priced at TWD 5,490
  • It is powered by quad-core Snapdragon processor

HTC has introduced a new Desire-range smartphone, the Desire 650, in its homeland. The all-new HTC smartphone is now listed on the company’s Taiwan site.

Though the company site does not list price details, Focus Taiwan reports a launch price of TWD 5,490 (roughly Rs. 12,000), and an early December availability. The HTC Desire 650’s biggest attraction is its “double back” which means the smartphone sports half plain rubber rear back while the other half sports what HTC calls sculptured design or engraved pattern. The company promotes that the “double back” on the Desire 650 will offer better grip to users.

For specifications, the HTC Desire 650 features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) TFT LCD display with a pixel density of 294ppi. The handset runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based HTC Sense skin on top. It is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor though the company hasn’t provided exact chipset details for now. It packs 2GB of RAM and features 16GB of inbuilt storage. The handset supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 2TB). It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, BSI sensor, LED flash, and f/2.2 aperture. There is also a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with BSI sensor, f/1.8 aperture, and auto-self timer. The Desire 650 support single Nano-SIM and packs BoomSound tech on earphones.

The handset is backed by a 2200mAh battery which is claimed to offer up to 17 hours of talk time and up to 672 hours of standby time. It supports LTE Cat. 4 with download speeds of up to 150Mbps and upload speeds of up to 50Mbps. It measures 146.9×70.9×8.4mm and weighs 140 grams.

HTC Desire 650

HTC Desire 650

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

quad-core

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

2200mAh

Also See
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    HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle (Polar White, 32GB) –
    Rs. 15,990
  • Flipkart
    HTC Desire 628 Dual SIM (Sunset Blue, 32GB) – OFFER
    Rs. 12,240
  • Amazon
    HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle (Stone Black, 32GB) –
    Rs. 15,990
Tags: HTC Desire 650 Specifications, HTC, HTC Mobiles, Mobiles, Android
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HTC Desire 10 Pro India Launch Set for Today

HTC Desire 10 Pro India Launch Set for TodayHTC Desire 10 Pro India Launch Set for Today
HIGHLIGHTS
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle came to India in September
Both smartphones sport premium designs and BoomSound speakers
The HTC Desire 10 Pro is being launched in a dual-SIM version in India
HTC is all set to launch the Desire 10 Pro smartphone in India on Thursday at an event in New Delhi. To recall, the Desire 10 Pro was launched alongside the Desire 10 Lifestyle in September. The latter phone made it to India later that month itself, and now, the Desire 10 Pro is expected to be launched in the country.

Both the HTC Desire 10 Pro and HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle have several things in common – with the biggest being the design. Both smartphones sport matte finish bodies and metallic gold contours, while also featuring BoomSound stereo speakers.

The HTC Desire 10 Pro bears a fingerprint sensor – something its cheaper Desire 10 Lifestyle sibling doesn’t. The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the company’s Sense UI on top.
It comes with a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixel) IPS LCD display with Gorilla Glass protection, and a pixel density of 400ppi. The HTC Desire 10 Pro is powered by 1.8GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor. While the smartphone was launched in two variants, one with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage, and another with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of inbuilt storage, only the latter model is being launched in India – the company site reveals. The storage is expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB).
The Desire 10 Pro packs a 20-megapixel rear camera with laser autofocus, a BSI sensor, an f/2.2 aperture, and Auto HDR mode. It also sports a 13-megapixel front-facing camera with a BSI sensor, an f/2.2 aperture, and Auto HDR. Connectivity options Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth v4.2, NFC, and 4G LTE Cat. 6 (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). It is powered by a 3000mAh battery that’s rated to deliver up to 19 hours of talk time on 3G networks. It measures 156.5x76x7.86mm and weighs 165 grams.

HTC Desire 10 Pro HTC Desire 10 Pro
KEY SPECS
NEWS
Display
5.50-inch
Processor
1.8GHz octa-core
Front Camera
13-megapixel
Resolution
1080×1920 pixels
RAM
3GB
OS
Android 6.0
Storage
32GB
Rear Camera
20-megapixel
Battery Capacity
3000mAh
Also See
Amazon
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle (Polar White, 32GB) –
Rs. 15,990
Amazon
HTC Desire 10 Lifestyle (Stone Black, 32GB) –
Rs. 15,990
Flipkart
HTC Desire 628 Dual SIM (Sunset Blue, 32GB) – OFFER
Rs. 12,240
Tags: HTC Desire 10 Pro Price, HTC Desire 10 Pro Specifications, HTC India, HTC, Mobiles, Android, India

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