Budget HTC Desire 12 announced with a near-edge-to-edge 18:9 screen

HTC has taken the wraps off the Desire 12 and Desire 12 Plus, a duo of affordable mid-range smartphones touting near-edge-to-edge 18:9 screens.

The Desire 12 Plus, as expected, is the most interesting handset in the refreshed Desire range, sporting a 6-inch 18:9 IPS screen, a Snapdragon 450 chipset, 3GB of RAM and a dual-camera (13MP + 2MP). It also ships running Android 8.0 Oreo and has a centre-mounted rear-facing fingerprint reader – like Google’s beloved Pixel 2.

HTC Desire 12

Now let’s take a look at the Desire 12, the figurative runt of Desire litter. The handset is armed with a 5.5-inch 18:9 IPS screen, a less powerful MediaTek 6739 CPU, 3GB of RAM and a 13MP rear-facing camera. It, like the larger Desire 12 Plus, also comes with Android 8.0 Oreo, though it’s notably missing a fingerprint sensor.

HTC Desire 12 HTC Desire 12 Plus
Battery 2730mAh 2965mAh
Camera (Front) 5MP 8MP
Camera (Rear) 13MP 13MP + 2MP
Display 5.5-inch LCD (720 x 1440) 6-inch LCD (720 x 1440)
Processor MediaTek MT6739 Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
Storage 32GB (expandable via microSD) 32GB (expandable via microSD)
RAM 3GB 3GB

HTC is yet to release information surrounding pricing and availability of the Desire 12 and Desire 12 Plus. All the firm said is that it will “deliver the goods without breaking the bank,” positioning them for an entry-level price tag – somewhere in the region of £160 to £180 for the former and £215 to £250 for the latter.

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