Overnight, HTC has announced two new phones in the Desire range with the Desire 12 and Desire 12+ joining the ranks. Not normally a big deal, the phones are however the first in their range to feature 18:9 aspect ratio displays.
The two mid-range phones are similar in design coming in three colour options (Black, Gold and Silver), but have different specs in key areas. HTC has announced that the Desire 12+ will run Oreo with HTC Sense overlaid over the top, however the Desire 12 has simply been listed with Android with HTC Sense.
The Desire 12 is the smaller of the two phones with a 5.5″ 720×1440 resolution IPS LCD display, and is powered by a MediaTek 6739 SoC, with options for 2GB/3GB RAM and 16GB/32GB Storage with microSD card support up to 2TB. The phone has a 2,730mAh battery powering it.
The Desire 12 has a single 13MP rear camera sensor with PD-AutoFocus and f/2.2 aperture lens, and a 5MP front-facing camera with an f/2.4 aperture.
The Desire 12 doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner unfortunately, but does have a 3.5 mm stereo audio jack so there’s that.
Arguably the more exciting of the two models is the Desire 12+, which is slightly larger coming with a 6″ IPS LCD display, though it’s still at 720×1440 resolution.
Under the hood, the Desire 12+ includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, Octa-core processor, with 3GB RAM and 32GB of on-board storage – again with support for microSD cards up to 2TB in size. The Desire 12+ also includes a 2965 mAh battery.
The Desire 12+ is also a little more exciting being the first Desire level handset to feature dual-camera sensors on the rear. The Desire 12+ includes 13MP+2MP sensors behind an f/2.2 aperture lens allowing for Bokeh mode on the rear, while on the front a fixed-focus 8MP sensor sits behind an f/2.0 aperture lens.
The only other defining features of the Desire 12+ are the rear mounted fingerprint sensor, and the inclusion of a 3.5 mm stereo audio jack.
The phones aren’t yet announced for Australia but are expected to hit Europe some time in either April or May with the Desire 12 expected to be priced from between €185 and €199.