HTC Desire 12

  • 5.5in 18:9 HD+ (1,440 x 720) IPS display
  • Quad-core 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6739 processor
  • 2GB of RAM or 3GB of RAM
  • 16GB or 32GB of storage (expandable via microSD)
  • 13-megapixel f/2.2 rear camera with phase detect autofocus
  • 5-megapixel f/2.4 front-facing camera
  • 2,730mAh battery
  • Android 8 Oreo

KSh17,000.00 KSh19,000.00

HTC Desire 12

In yet another article I did a review of the HTC Desire 12+ which is the improved version of this Desire 12. By so saying I do not intend to mean that this one has any shortcomings. It is one very solid mid range smartphone as a matter of fact. The thing is when HTC announced and released it to the market it did so with two models of the Desire 12, that is the 12 and 12+. Anyways, below are the main features of the Desire 12 as you should expect upon buying this smartphone.


Key features
GSM, HSPA and LTE network technology

Single SIM or Dual SIM (with dual standby)

5.5 inches IPS LCD touch capacitive screen

720 x 1440 pixels (293 ppi) resolution

13MP primary camera

5MP selfie camera

1080p@30fps video recording

32 GB internal storage + 3GB RAM or 16GB + 2GB RAM

Android Nougat 7.x

Mediatek MT6739 chipset

Quad core 1.3 GHz Cortex A53 CPU

Power VR GE8100 GPU

Bluetooth 4.2


microUSB 2.0

Non removable 2730 mAh battery

Colors cool black and warm silver


This clearly is a mid range and budget smartphone with quite okay features. Below is an in depth review of the above listed features.


Design and build

It looks everything alike like the HTC Desire 12+, and needless to say- this is a beauty of a phone, especially considering the price you pick one, or two for. I love how the display of this phone stretches to the side margins and even how much the top and bottom bezels have been reduced. This move by HTC greatly increases the display estate of this phone. I also love that the volume rocker and power button have been placed on one side of it, allowing for ease of some features like taking screenshots and so on- although this mostly is a personal preference. The back part of it features the primary camera and an LED flash on the top right corner with HTC branding in the middle back. Generally this is a good looking smartphone. Again, you will almost never get a smartphone with such great looks at such a price. It weighs about 137 grams the HTC Desire `12.


Display and camera


First things first I love that it has a 5.5 inches display panel. I am a great lover of phones with big displays and 5.5 inches should be ideal for just about anyone? I assume. Anyway, it is an IPS LCD display panel that supports 16M colors and multi touch. It has a 720 x 140 pixels resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. These are very much okay display marks for a mid ranger. Best believe that its 293 ppi density focuses mostly on display brightness so outdoor viewing should be a breeze for it.



Two cameras here. The primary camera is a 12MP shooter while the selfie camera as most people call it these days is an impressive 5MP one. Both cameras are great at their work although more emphasis were placed on the primary shooter which has features like geo tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR and panorama. It also comes with an LED flash to give the best of images in low light scenes. Video recording here stands at 1080p@30 fps which to me is quite respectable.


Performance and memory


It comes running on an Android Nougat 7.x platform. Hopefully updates will be rolled with time maybe? This shouldn’t be a big deal thigh if you are not an updates craze.  But for them who are, the Desire 12+ would be just a perfect solution. I am assuming this smartphone runs on Nougat due to hardware limitations.  With it we get a Mediatek MT6739 chipset and a Quad core 1.3 GHz Cortex A53 CPU while graphics are ably managed by its Power VR GE8100 GPU.


Storage / memory

Internal storage is either 32GB or 16GB with 3GB and 2GB RAM respectively. It can be expanded up to 400GB using an SD card though so no complaints about anything here.



On paper its non removable 2730 mAh battery would seem a limitation but truth is, it will hold up for a whole day before next charge. And Ps: a day equals 24 hours J


I believe this is a smartphone for them looking to get a brand new one but are tight on funds. This, the HTC Desire 12 is most definitely the phone for you. Rock it in cool black or warm silver today from www.phoneplacekenya.com.





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Black, Gold, Silver

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