Best HTC phones

Over the past several years, Taiwan-based HTC has been a highly prolific company when it comes to releasing Android smartphones. While HTC recently pledged to cut down on the number of new smartphones it will release in 2017 compared to previous years, it has already launched a number of new models so far this year, with perhaps more to come before 2017 ends.

Since HTC has so many current and older smartphones to purchase, we decided to take a look at the best ones you can buy right now. We are breaking them down in three catagories: Flagship, Mid-Range and Budget. As you can see, there are no shortages of HTC phones to choose from at any price point you can imagine.

Best Flagship Phone

HTC U11

Launched in May 2017, the HTC U11 is not only only the best of the company’s current flagship products, but also one of the best Android smartphones you can buy, period. The 5.5-inch phone’s biggest stand out feature is  Edge Sense, which lets owners squeeze the sides of the U11 so they can launch an app or perform a function without the need to use the touchscreen. We found Edge Sense to be pretty useful, for the most part.

Inside, the U11 has the fastest mobile processor you can currently get in a smartphone, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. It also has either 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM, along with either 64 GB or 128 GB of storage, depending on where you buy it. The U11’s cameras, which according to DxOMark, are some of the best ever put into a smartphone, include a 12 MP rear camera and a 16 MP front-facing camera. The phone’s 3,000 mAh battery should last you for a full day on a single charge. Most recently, the phone got a big software upgrade that allows it to access Amazon’s popular Alexa digital assistant.

The unlocked version of the HTC U11 is currently selling for $649 with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage in the US. While the phone is not perfect (it does not have a standard headphone jack and the company’s Sense UI needs a refresh) it’s overall an excellent high-end handset that has a reasonable price.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4/6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 12 MP rear camera, 16 MP front camera
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm, 169 g

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Alternatives

HTC U Ultra

The HTC U Ultra, which launched in March 2017, may not have the cool Edge Sense hardware that the U11 has, but it is still a very capable high-end handset.  It has a larger 5.7-inch display, and includes a 2-inch secondary display on top for showing notifications and alerts, among other things. While the processor is a little slower (Qualcomm Snapdragon 821), the U Ultra shares many of the same specs as the newer U11, and you can get it for a cheaper price ($568 over at Amazon) — making it one of the best HTC phones you can get.

 
 

HTC 11U Plus

The most recent high end phone from HTC, the 11U Plus has a larger 6.0-inch QHD+ display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, either 4 or 6 GB of RAM and either 64 GB or 128 GB of onboard storage. It also has a 3,930 mAh battery, a 12.2 MP rear camera, an 8 MP front camera and Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. It also has the Edge Sense sensors like the standard 11U. Its onboard BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition speakers are supposed to offer up to 30 percent higher sound than the U1 as well, and it supports the HTC Sense Companion, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa digital helpers.
 
For some reason, the company has only announced the HTC U11 Plus for Europe and Asian markets, with the price beginning at 799 Euro. There’s no word on when it will be launched in the US, if ever.
 
 

Best Mid-Range HTC phones

HTC U11 Life

 
 
 
The HTC U11 Life is the company most recent mid-range handset, and it comes in two different versions. The model that’s available in the US is the one with the Edge Sense squeezable sides that can be used to launch apps and also comes with the HTC Sense Companion and Amazon Alexa assistants, along with Google Assistant. The other model, available outside of North America, runs on Google’s Android One platform, which runs a near stock version of Android 8.0 Oreo. It will get guaranteed updates to Android P and Android Q, and security patches for the next three years. However, it lacks HTC Sense Companion and Amazon Alexa support out of the box.
 
In terms of hardware, both versions have a 5.2-inch Super LCD display with Full HD resolution. Inside, you will get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, 3 GB of RAM for the US version, and either 3 or 4 GB of RAM outside the US. Onboard storage is limited to 32 GB for the US version, and 32 GB and 64 GB choices in other markets. It als comes with 16 MP cameras on the front and back, and a 2,600 mAh battery.
 
US residents can snap up the HTC U11 Life for $349 unlocked, or you can get it at T-Mobile from $300 pre-paid, or for $12 down and $12 a month for 24 months. The HTC U11 Life Android One is now on sale in Europe for €349/€379.
 
Specs
  • 5.2-inch Super LCD display with 1,080 x 1,920 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor.
  • 3/4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 2 TB
  • 16 MP rear camera, 16 MP front camera
  • 2,600 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo (Android One/HTC Sense)
  • 149.09 x 72.9 x 8.1 mm, 142 g
 
 

Alternatives

HTC U Play Desire 10 Pro

First announced in January 2017, the HTC U Play has not gotten as much attention as the company’s other U phones but it is still a solid smartphone for people who want something a bit smaller that the larger flagship phones. The U Play has a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a MediaTek MT6755 P10 processor,  either 3 GB or 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB or 64 GB of native storage, with a microSD card slot to add even more storage. It also has 16 cameras in the front and back and a 2,500 mAh battery. You can purchase the U Play on Amazon for $219, making it one of the best HTC phones for those who want something a bit smaller, more affordable, and yet still with a decent amount of power under the hood.

 

HTC One M9 Plus

This is one of the older HTC phones on this list, but it still packs a punch. The HTC One M9 Plus includes a 5.2-inch display with a Quad HD  resolution and a dual rear camera set up, with a 20 MP main sensor combined with a 2.1 MP sensor that allows owners to refocus shots after the fact. The price tag of $296 on Amazon is also pretty resonable, although we would have liked to have a more powerful chip inside; the One M9 Plus has the MediaTek MT6795T processor.

HTC U11 EYEs

 
 
The recently launched HTC U11 EYEs has a large 6-inch screen with a 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, along with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chip, 4 GB of RAM 64 GB of onboard storage, a 12 MP rear camera and a dual front-facing camera setup with two 5 MP sensors. It also has the company’s squeezable Edge Sense technology and a 3,930 mAh battery. However, the phone is only available in China and Taiwan and there’s no word on when it might launch in the US.
 
 

Best Budget Phone

HTC 10 evo/Bolt

Launched in late 2016 as a mid-range phone, the HTC 10 evo (known as the HTC Bolt for the Sprint US version), this phone’s price has gone way down since then, and you can get it for $200 directly from HTC, or under $200 at Amazon. The phone includes a 5.5-inch Super LCD display with a 1,440 x 2,560 resolution. Inside, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with a 2 GHz clock speed, along with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, with a microSD card for adding 2 TB of additional storage.

The phone also has a 16 MP rear camera with PDAF laser focusing and OIS support, and a 8 MP front-facing camera, along with a big 3,200 mAh battery. It comes with Android 7.0 Nougat pre-installed along with HTC’s Sense UI. It’s still an excellent phone and now it’s price is much cheaper.

Specs

  • 5.5-inch Super LCD display with 1,440 x 2,560 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor.
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 2 TB
  • 16 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • 3.200 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat/HTC Sense
  • 6.06 x 3.04 x .32 in, 6.14 oz

 

Alternatives

HTC Desire 555

 
This is a newly launched phone that is currently an exclusive for AT&T’s no contract subsidiary carrier Cricket Wireless. This Android 7.0 Nougat phone includes a 5-inch display, a 1.1 GHz processor, 16 GB of storage, an 8 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front facing camera and a 2,200 mAh battery for the price of just $199.99
 
 

HTC Desire 650

The HTC Desire 650, first released in November 2016, comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box. Inside, the hardware specs are solid, with a 5-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, a 13 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front facing camera and a 2,200 mAh battery. It’s available now unlocked from Amazon for the price of $149.99.

 

Conclusion

Again, while the Taiwanese giant has said it will cut down on the number of new HTC phones it plans to release in 2017, it has already launched many new handsets that are worthy of your attention, and there are rumors it will launch even more new devices before the end of the year. We plan to update this page when new HTC smartphones are made available that we think should be on this list. In the meantime, are there any HTC phones you believe we should have put on the list of the best phones you can buy right now? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!