HTC Desire 12s Pros & Cons Review

Picture of the HTC Desire 12s, by HTC

- Analysis by KJ David


The HTC Desire 12s is a slightly-tweaked version of HTC's Desire 12 mid-ranger whose pros and cons include a modest 1.4GHz eight-core Snapdragon 435 processor , which far from levels with the engines powering the best eight-core phones listed here on Phonerated, most of which clock in at 2.2GHz or higher. At the very least, it comes with 4GB of DDR4x RAM, although HTC also ships a less-competitive version with only 3GB of RAM on board. Additionally, while we think that it could have doubled its 64GB maximum internal memory to 128GB , like some of its 2018 mid-end competitors, its UFS2.1 solution and Flex Storage support make that setback a tad forgivable.

As for its pros, this Desire model touts back-to-back 13-megapixel cameras . The rear one is a 13-megapixel PDAF-equipped (phase-detection autofocus) f/2.0-aperture shooter with standard face detection, HDR, and Panorama as its main features. The front one, on the other hand, is a fixed-focus BSI-sensor cam that at least comes with a pre-integrated Beauty Mode and a dedicated front-firing LED flash , the latter dedicated to brightening up selfies taken under poor lighting conditions. By the way, don't miss out on our list of the best smartphones for selfies here.

Heading over to its display, while the Desire 12s's 18:9 aspect ratio (It has a 5.7-inch screen diagonal) makes it sound more appealing versus a lot of other models within its price point, the ones that stick to a 16:9 ratio, that is, its 1440 x 720 HD+ resolution ends up as a con in our book -- a good number of tantamount models rock FHD/FHD+ 1080p screens. Still, though, its wide aspect ratio reminds us of the of the most-popular large-screen smartphones available as we were reviewing its specs.

Joining its assortment of pros and cons is a tolerable 3075mAh battery aided by a power-saving mode, a rear-mounted circular fingerprint scanner, and two nano SIM card trays. It dons HTC's signature dual-finish design , which means that it comes with a plain and a striped portion on its back cover, and it is offered in Charcoal Black and Crystal Silver.

Running on the Android 8.1 Oreo operating system skinned with HTC's self-branded HTC Sense ecosystem, the Desire 12s targets mid-range smartphone shoppers who don't mind dealing with an old-fashioned processor, but do appreciate an above-average selfie cam and a wider-than-usual display.

** This phone is also known as: HTC 12s


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