HTC recently took covers of two new handsets from its Desire series. These handsets include the HTC Desire 12 and the HTC Desire 12 Plus. Both these smartphones belong to the budget segment and come with a decent spec sheet. In today’s comparison, we will find the differences between both these newly announced smartphones to the yet to be announced HTC U12 Plus which is most likely to be the flagship smartphone from HTC for 2018. While it surely doesn’t make sense to compare two budget class handsets to a flagship device, the article’s main aim is to show the differences between these three trending HTC smartphones to avoid confusion during purchase and there are times when such articles might help users decide whether spending the extra money on a flagship handset is really worth it.
HTC Desire 12 vs HTC Desire 12 Plus vs HTC U12 Plus: Design, Display
Both the HTC Desire 12 and the Desire 12 Plus feature a similar design language and boast of the “liquid surface” design language. While we are not sure about the material used on the phone, at first glance, it seems to be an acrylic surface.
The Desire 12 gets a large 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive display in the new 18:9 aspect ratio. The panel has a resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels and ends up with a PPI density score of 293.
The Desire 12 Plus gets a larger 6-inch display– again an IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels. Like on the Desire 12, the display on this handset is also in the 18:9 aspect ratio. However, the larger size of the panel means that the phone ends up with a lower PPI density score of 268 PPI.
While we do not know the confirmed specs of the HTC U12 Plus, it is expected to feature an aluminium frame and a glass coating at both the front and the rear. The handset should get a 6-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels in the 18:9 aspect ratio. The phone would end up with a PPI density score of 537.
HTC Desire 12 vs HTC Desire 12 Plus vs HTC U12 Plus: Hardware, Specifications
The HTC Desire 12 is powered by the Mediatek MT6739 chipset and gets a quad core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. The GPU is a PowerVR GE8100 chip. The Desire 12 comes in two versions, a base 2GB RAM + 16GB version and a higher 3GB RAM+ 32GB version. The imaging department is handled by a 13-megapixel f/2.2 camera with support for phase detection autofocus and LED flash while the front camera is a 5-megapixel, f/2.4 unit. Video recording on the phone can be done in 1080p resolution at 30fps using the rear camera while the front camera is restricted to 720p videos.
The Desire 12 Plus is powered by the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chip and uses the Adreno 406 GPU for graphics. The phone will be offered in a single 3GB RAM +32GB version. The camera department incorporates a dual camera setup at the rear consisting of a primary 13-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel secondary shooter. The primary camera has an aperture of f/2.2. The primary camera supports phase detection autofocus and LED flash.
The HTC U12 Plus is expected to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset that incorporates an octa core processor. The graphics department is handled by the Adreno 630 GPU. The U12 Plus is expected to come in either 64GB or 128GB versions and might come with 6GB of RAM. The primary camera setup consists of twin cameras that include a main 12-megapixel shooter with f/1.6 aperture with support for dual pixel phase detection autofocus, and a 16-megapixel secondary shooter with support for OIS and dual LED dual-tone flash.
HTC Desire 12 vs HTC Desire 12 Plus vs HTC U12 Plus: Price in India
All the three handsets in this comparison are yet to be launched in India. From what is currently known, the expected prices of the HTC Desire 12 and the HTC Desire 12 Plus are as follows
- HTC Desire 12: Rs. 200 Euros or Rs. 16,000
- HTC Desire 12 Plus: 250 Euros or Rs. 20,000
As for the HTC U12 Plus, being a flagship handset, this is expected to cost above Rs.45,000 when it is eventually launched in India.