HTC has announced a new addition to its mid-range Desire series of smartphones. Dubbed the HTC Desire 12S, the new entrant is a somewhat mild upgrade of the HTC Desire 12 launched alongside the Desire 12+ at the beginning of the year.
The upgrade comes in forms of a slightly bumped display size, increased battery capacity as well as an upgrade in the front-facing selfie camera. Unlike the HTC Desire 12, the desire 12s flaunts a 5.7-inch HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio display, and has ditched the MediaTek SoC for a Snapdragon 435 with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, expandable using microSD.
The device retains the 13MP rear camera found in the HTC Desire 12 but has swapped the 5MP sensor on the front for a similar 13MP sensor. The device unfortunately still boot 8.1 (Oreo) with HTC Sense UI out of the box, while the battery received a huge upgrade from 2730mAh to 3075mAh battery, surpassing that of the HTC Desire 12+.
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HTC Desire 12s specifications
- 5.7-inch (1440 × 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 2.5D curved glass display
- Octa-Core Snapdragon 435 (4 x Cortex A53 1.4GHz + 4 x Cortex A53 1.1GHz) Mobile Platform with Adreno 505 GPU
- 3GB RAM with 32GB storage / 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory with microSD
- Android 8.1 (Oreo) with HTC Sense UI
- Dual SIM
- 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, 1080p video recording
- 13MP front-facing camera with f/2.4 aperture with LED flash
- Fingerprint sensor
- Dimensions: 154.2 x 72.7 x 8.3 mm; Weight: 150g
- 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS, NFC
- 3075mAh battery
The desire 12s is already on sale in Taiwan in Black, Silver and Red color options. The base variant with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage is priced at NT$5990 (US$ 194 / Rs. 13,920 approx.), while the 4GB RAM with 64GB storage version goes for NT$ 6990 (US$ 226 / Rs.16,240 approx.).