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SoyaCincau’s best smartphones under RM1,200 (2018 edition)

HTC Desire 12 & 12+

Despite the once prestigious names, HTC’s Desire 12 and Desire 12+ are the company’s sub-RM1,000 smartphone. These draw a lot of visual inspiration from HTC’s flagship U11 smartphone but with significantly watered down specs.

The Desire 12+ is the larger and more capable device of the duo. It’s got a 6″ 18:9 aspect ratio display but it only pushes a HD+ resolution of 1440×720 pixels. Inside, you’re getting an entry-level Snapdragon 450 processor, mated to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. This model also comes with a 13MP+2MP dual camera module at the back for shallow depth of field effects. In front, you’ll be greeted by an 8-megapixel camera when you need to take a selfie. This phone also comes with a 2,965 mAh battery.

On the other hand, the smaller Desire 12 bumps screen size down to 5.5 inches but maintains the same resolution so you get more pixels per inch. Besides that, you get a MediaTek MT6739 processor instead, though RAM and storage remains the same. It also loses one camera at the back so you’re left with a single 13MP main shooter with an f/2.2 aperture lens while the front also gets bumped down to a 5MP selfie shooter. Battery capacity also takes a hit, now only coming in at 2,730 mAh.

UPDATE: Good news! We have updated and published a brand new Best smartphones under RM1,200 guide! It includes the new devices that have launched since this guide was published as well as the new discounted prices thanks to zero-rated GST. You can check it out here.

HTC Desire 12+ — 3GB RAM, 32GB storage — RM899
HTC Desire 12 — 3GB RAM, 32GB storage — RM739

Where to buy:
Online: Shopee
Store: Authorised HTC retailers

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