HTC today unveiled its newest budget smartphones called the Desire 12 and Desire 12 Plus. The handsets offer low-end specifications housed in a design that resembles a build featured in HTCs 2017 flagship, the U11.

Specifically, HTC is using its “Liquid Surface” design which uses a blend of glossy materials to achieve somewhat of a liquified finish on the back of the device. But while the U11 used mainly glass, the Desire 12 and 12 Plus opt for acrylic likely to drive down costs considering it’s a cheaper device. Still, the build looks pretty good in the renderings HTC provides.


As far as specs go, you’re getting a 5.5-inch display on the Desire 12 and 6-inch panel on the Desire 12 Plus. Both sport 18:9 aspect ratios and 1440×720 resolutions. They also use IPS LCD panels instead of something like OLED.

Inside the Desire 12 sits a MediaTek MT6739 processor with 2 or 3GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage, and a 2730mAh battery. Meanwhile, the Desire 12 Plus includes a Snapdragon 450 processor with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 2965mAh battery. Each handset ships with Android 8.0 Oreo, a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, a headphone jack, and (for whatever reason in 2018) a microUSB port for charging.


For cameras, the main shooter on both handsets weighs in at 13MP with an f/2.2 aperture, PDAF (phase detection autofocus), and HDR. They also come with 5MP selfie shooters for taking photos, videos, and logging in with facial recognition. While that may be it for the standard 12, the 12 Plus also ships with a secondary 2MP rear camera for portrait mode effects.

As far as we know now, there’s no word on when the Desire 12 and 12 Plus will begin shipping. We also have no idea how much they’ll cost or where they’ll launch around the world. Of course, if more information becomes available, we’ll let you know.