- Analysis by KJ David
The Desire 12, unveiled by HTC alongside its more refined Plus edition during the second quarter of 2018, comes with a dash of the high-end when it comes to storage and aesthetics, but winds up as a middle-class smartphone in terms of its overall selection of pros and cons. This Desire model's undesirable specs include a low-resolution 5-megapixel f/2.4 selfie camera that sounds underwhelming, especially since 24 megapixels was the peak resolution among the best selfie smartphones on the market as of this technical review. Additionally, it misses out on the Desire 12 Plus's dual-lens rear camera setup , instead opting for a 13-megapixel f/2.2 shooter that at least comes with phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) and a FHD-1080p video-recording capability.
Also among the Desire 12's cons is a 5.5-inch IPS display sitting on a low-key 1440 x 720 HD+ resolution , wasting its trendy (as of its release) 18:9 aspect ratio . As a consequence, its screen sounds like a failed attempt at a spot on our list of the top phablets. Moreover, it lacks fingerprint-based user authentication , which was all but standard in this market segment as we were exploring its pros and cons, making it sound measly compared to most other 2018 mid-enders security-wise.
Another setback is the Desire 12's questionable decision to use a basic 1.5GHz quad-core processor , despite eight-core smartphones being the golden standard in this Android class when it came out. We also found its 2730mAh battery rather mellow, but at least it comes with a native power-saving mode .
Its true pro, however, comes in the form of a monstrous 2TB external memory allowance (It comes with either 32GB or 16GB of inbuilt memory) that bullies even those of some full-fledged flagships. Its 3GB RAM sounds respectable as well, given its forenamed low-class processor -- a 2GB-RAM version is also offered, for those who don't multitask that much.
Its selling points are joined by a glass-like/liquid finish that it borrows from some slightly older models under HTC's U family. The brand's signature Sense Companion virtual assistant and a standard 4G LTE (Cat 4) network adapter are also on board.
So, for a phone suffering from an old-fashioned CPU and a low-resolution selfie camera, the HTC Desire 12 could prove to be a bargain for budget-tier Android shoppers who care most about multimedia storage and external design.
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