Following the unveiling of the U12+ flagship, HTC has released its budget Desire 12+ and the Desire 12 is an Amazon exclusive. Here's everything you need to know about the new HTC Desire 12 phones including release date, price and specs.

When is the HTC Desire 12 coming out?

Originally expected in April, the Desire 12+ became available to buy on 31 May.

Strangely, in the press release announcing its availability, the company said that pricing and availability for the smaller HTC Desire will be "confirmed in due course."

We now know that it's because the phone will launch exclusively with Amazon on 10 July. Only Prime Members can get it until 15 August

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How much does the HTC Desire 12 cost?

As mentioned, the Desire 12 price and release date is a mystery, but for the Desire 12+ you're looking at a very reasonable £199 price tag.

That's less than the £220/$310 we were expecting, and seems very cheap considering the HTC U11 Life costs £349/$349, but HTC did promise you'll get "a whole lot of phone that's easy on your wallet."

You can buy the HTC Desire 12+ from HTC's own website here.

Meanwhile, the regular HTC Desire 12 is available from Amazon for £149. As mentioned above, it's an exclusive for Prime Members.

HTC Desire 12

HTC Desire 12 Specs and features

Following on from the U11+, HTC is now bringing an 18:9 screens to lower tier phones with the Desire 12 and 12+.

They have 5.5- and 6in screens respectively but the firm says they are "surprisingly slim and comfortable to hold despite their big, 18:9 edge-to-edge screens." Each has an HD+ resolution (720x1440) and use an IPS LCD panel.

Although the Desire 12 phones get 18:9 screens like the U11+, HTC hasn't fitted its Edge Sense technology which uses pressure sensors to allow you to squeeze the device to do things.

What has come along is the flagship U-series Liquid Surface design so the Desire 12 handsets have a 'streamlined' look but aren't made of glass. Instead, they are crafted from acrylic like the U11 Life.

They will be available in Cool Black, Royal Gold and Warm Silver.

HTC Desire 12+

Under the hood, the phones use different processors with the Desire 12 using a MediaTek MT6739 while the Desire 12+ has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450.

Both offer 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage along with a microSD card slot, but it's worth noting the Desire 12 will also come in a lower spec model with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. This will vary by region.

Although you'll get a 13Mp camera with phase detection autofocus either way, the Desire 12+ has a second 2Mp camera so users can refocus a photo later for a bokeh effect. The larger phone also has a higher resolution front camera: 8Mp vs 5Mp.

It's also important to note that the Desire 12+ is the only one out of the two to get a fingerprint scanner.

Oddly, the Desire 12 phones don't have USB-C but they do have headphone jacks and they ship with Android 8.0 Oreo.

See the table below for full specs:

Specification HTC Desire 12 HTC Desire 12+ HTC U11+
Operating system Android 8.0 Oreo  Android 8.0 Oreo  Android 8.0 Oreo
Available colours Cool Black, Royal Gold, Warm Silver Cool Black, Royal Gold, Warm Silver Ceramic Black, Translucent Black
Display 5.5in HD+ (720x1440) IPS LCD 6in HD+ (720x1440) IPS LCD 6in Quad HD+ (1440x2880, 538ppi) LCD 6, 18:9
Processor MediaTek MT6739 Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Memory 2/3GB 3GB 4/6GB
Storage 16/32GB 32GB 64GB/128GB
Primary camera 13Mp, f/2.2, PDAF 13Mp + 2Mp, f/2.2, PDAF 12Mp, f/1.7, OIS UltraPixel 3
Front camera 5Mp, f/2.4 8Mp, f/2.0 8Mp, f/2.0, 85 degree FOV
Video recording HD 720p Full HD 1080p 4K, 1080p at 120fps
Fingerprint scanner No Yes, rear Yes, rear
Wireless charging No No No
Waterproof No No IP68
Dimensions 149x71x8.2mm 158x77x8.4mm 159x75x8.5mm
Weight 137g 158g 188g