New Mid-Range HTC Mobiles Launched in India Offers Terrible Specs for Price

HTC Desire 12, HTC Desire 12+ Launched In India With Terrible Specs for the Price  

Taiwanese mobile brand HTC has launched two new smartphones for the mid-range segment in India.

HTC Desire 12, and its bigger sibling called HTC Desire 12+ will come with a price tag of Rs. 15,800 and Rs. 19,790 respectively. Both the phones seems overpriced and likely to do poorly in the highly competitive Indian mobile market.

New Mid-Range HTC Mobiles Launched in India

Undoubtedly, the new HTC phones look good but fall short of expectations when it comes to price.

Moreover, HTC is using a similar liquid surface design for both the devices that company deploys in more expensive phones.

The colors, fit and finish of the new HTC phones look impeccable but Indian buyers don’t want these, they are more interested in specs and performance.

If anything we have learned from the rise of Xiaomi, the success mantra is better specifications for a low price.

HTC Desire 12+

Talking of its specs, HTC Desire 12+ features a 6-inch IPS LCD HD+ display with a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels, with an 18:9 ratio.

The device gets power from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Octa-core chipset with Adreno 506 GPU, while it runs on Android Oreo 8.1 loaded with HTC Sense UI on top of it.

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HTC Desire 12 Plus

Notably, Xiaomi is offering the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 in the Redmi 5 which costs as little as Rs. 7,999. The processor is clearly entry level and in the 20k price range, it would have been better if HTC used a Snapdragon 636 or even the Snapdragon 660.

Further, it comes with 32 GB of internal storage, and 3 GB of RAM, while the storage is expandable up to 400 GB. There are phones like the Oppo RealMe 1 that offers 128 GB storage and 6 GB ram for Rs. 13,990 we expect HTC to at least offer 4 GB Ram and 64 GB storage.

The main camera module in the HTC Desire 12+ is a 13-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel (f/2.2) dual-camera setup featuring phase detection autofocus, Bokeh mode, and an LED flash for taking photos in dark.

Most phones in this range come with a much better secondary camera, a 2 MP camera is mostly useless when clicking photos even in the portrait mode.

Whereas, front camera has an 8-megapixel sensor (f/2.2) with an LED flash.

Lastly, it comes with a 2965 mAh non-removable battery which is sufficient to last all day. There is a 5 Volts and 1.5-ampere charger and it likely has support for fast charging.

Highlight Features

  • 6-inch HD+ display, 1440 x 720 pixels
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Octa-core processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 13 MP + 2 MP dual-camera setup
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 2965 mAh battery
  • Weighs 157.5 grams
  • 8.4 mm thick

HTC Desire 12

HTC Desire 12 is the smaller among the two, as it sports a 5.5-inch IPS LCD HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) display, with an 18:9 ratio.

Powering the device is a MediaTek MT6739 Quad-core processor with PowerVR GE8100, apart from having an internal storage of 32 GB and 3 GB of RAM.


Notably, the Mediatek 6739 is an entry-level processor used in many phones in the sub 8k price segment. It offers similar performance as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 used in iTel S42.

Further, the device has support for adding up to 2 TB of storage using a microSD card.

HTC Desire 12, unlike its bigger sibling Desire 12+, runs on Android Nougat operating system having HTC Sense UI on top while it gets power from a 2730 mAh battery.

It is terrible that HTC is not shipping the phone with latest OS and add insult to the injury, we have a 5 Volts/1A charger that lacks any kind of quick charge support.

Let’s talk about the positives, the phone is pretty lightweight, weighing just 137 grams, and measures 8.2 mm in thickness.

Talking about its camera, the Desire 12 comes with a Single-lens 13-megapixel (f/2.2) on the back and has various features like HDR mode, phase detection autofocus, 1080p full HD recording, and an LED flash for taking photos in low light.

For taking selfies, there is a 5-megapixel camera which comes with a f/2.4 aperture value.

Lastly, it comes with connectivity options it offers Bluetooth 4.2, Dual-SIM, micro-USB. Luckily, it even retains a 3.5 mm headphone jack, unlike many other phones, which are moving away to USB Type C only.

Highlight Features

  • 5-inch HD+ (1440 x 720 pixels) screen
  • 13-megapixel back camera, f/2.2 aperture, HDR mode
  • 5-megapixel front camera, f/2.4 aperture
  • MediaTek MT6739 quad-core processor
  • 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal storage space
  • Android Oreo with HTC Sense UI
  • 2730 mAh non-removable battery
  • Weighs 137 grams
  • 8.2 mm thickness

Initial Thoughts

The Indian mobile market is hot as hell and companies are offering great value for money products. On the other hand, HTC is living in a dream world that their fans will still buy sub-par products at obnoxious prices when fans can get much better offerings at a lower price.

In fact, the new Desire phones are a laughing stock on the social media channels and must be avoided at all cost.

Thanks for Reading the Article, You can share your thoughts in comments below.

Written By – Prateek Sharma

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