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.
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.
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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