HTC's two new Desire phones are all about good looks

Don't expect standout specs, but the design is right
06 June 2018 / 19:45IST

HTC’s latest budget blowers are guaranteed to get you noticed. The 5.5in Desire 12 and 6in Desire 12+ are arriving in bright purple and shiny gold hues, which mimic the HTC U11’s liquid surface glass (only done on the cheap with acrylic). They both have in-demand 18:9 screens, but lowly 1440x720 panels, making it clear these are cut-price handsets. The Desire 12 makes do with a Mediatek CPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, while the Plus at least steps things up with a Snapdragon 450, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Both phones get 13MP cameras, but the Plus gets a secondary snapper for adding portrait blur. It’s a lowly 2MP sensor, though, so seems to be there purely for depth mapping. Both phones keep the headphone jack, but don’t make the leap to USB-C charging - you’re stuck with outdated microUSB here. The Plus also gets a fingerprint sensor on the back, but both phones will have basic face detection using the selfie camera up front. If you’re after a bargain phone with serious style, the Desire 12 (₹15800) and Desire 12+ (₹19790) are available to pre-order from HTC's website post June 11. Stay tuned for a review coming soon.