HTC U19e revealed: More expensive than Google Pixel 3a, but what do you get?

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HTC announced a June 11 event last week, and the company has indeed revealed a new smartphone today. The HTC U19e isn’t a follow-up to the HTC U12 Plus though, as it targets the upper mid-range price bracket.

The new HTC handset sports a Snapdragon 710 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, and a 6-inch full HD+ notch-free screen (OLED with HDR10 support). A 3,930mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 via USB-C keeps the lights on. You’ll need to buy a Quick Charge 4.0 adapter though, because the phone only comes with a Quick Charge 3.0 charger.

Moving to the camera arena, the HTC U19e offers a 12MP+20MP 2x telephoto dual rear camera pairing, as well as a 24MP and 2MP selfie pairing with face unlock. Don’t care for face unlock? Then you’ve also got a rear fingerprint scanner as well as iris unlock via a dedicated sensor between the two front cameras.

Iris unlock on the HTC U19e. HTC

The Taiwanese firm’s latest device also sports NFC, HTC’s Sense UI atop Android Pie, and dual nano-SIM support. HTC’s new phone is available in Extraordinary Purple (a translucent look much like the U12 Plus) and Modest Green.

Editor’s Pick

The HTC U19e has a recommended retail price of 14,900 Taiwanese dollars (~$475), making it more expensive than the $400 Google Pixel 3a. You’re getting more cameras, iris unlock, a slightly more powerful chipset, a bigger display and battery, and more (expandable) storage by opting for the HTC U19e.

Google’s device definitely has a few upsides though, delivering stock Android, class-leading photo quality, and a firm commitment to brisk updates. That last point is particularly noteworthy, as HTC’s 2017 and 2018 flagships are only getting Android Pie now. It’s unclear if the HTC device features a 3.5mm port like the Pixel 3a, but we can’t really spot one in the official promotional video. Which device would you choose? Let us know in the comments!

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