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 2018 compared to previous years, it has already launched some new models so far this year, with perhaps more to come before 2018 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 U12 Plus

 

HTC U12 Plus

HTC’s latest flagship, the U12 Plus (there is no U12, by the way) includes a lot of we loved about the HTC U11 Plus but with a few obvious upgrades. Anyone who has used the HTC U11 or U11 Plus will find the latest flagship very familiar. HTC continues its minimalist Liquid Surface design language, giving us a beautiful glass design with IP68 water resistance. The biggest design change can be found in the buttons. Instead of physical keys, they are now pressure-sensitive. While these buttons may not provide a physical click, they do provide haptic feedback to let you know they’ve been triggered.

The rear camera configuration has 12 and 16MP cameras with the main camera supporting optical image stabilization (OIS). Meanwhile, the secondary shooter is a telephoto lens, capable of 2X optical zoom and 10X digital zoom. There are also two wide-angle 8MP sensors on the front, and they also add face unlock for quickly unlocking your phone.

The HTC U12 Plus also supports a new version of the company’s Edge Sense technlogy. This time, the sides of the phone can sense where your hands are. With your hand on one side, you can tap twice with your thumb to shrink the display. This new change makes one-handed use much easier. Also If you’re holding your phone in a way that makes it obvious you are trying to use portrait mode, moving the phone slightly will no longer trigger auto-rotate, which is a pretty common annoyance for those who use their phones in bed.

The HTC U12 Plus offers the latest Qualcomm processor, the Snapdragon 845. The handset offers 6GB RAM and either 64 or 128GB of internal storage, with microSD expansion. There’s also a big 6-inch Super LCD 6 panel with a resolution of 2,880 x 1,140. The battery on the HTC U12 Plus is a bit smaller, going down to 3,500mAh. BoomSound is back for great audio support but there’s no  headphone jack for the U12 Plus

The HTC U12 Plus comes in both translucent blue and ceramic black colors for $799. This base model comes with 64GB of storage. The beefier 128GB model comes in just translucent blue, and is priced at $849.

Specs

  • 6-inch Super LCD 6 display with 2,880 x 1,140 resolution, 537 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 2TB
  • 12 MP and 16 MP rear cameras, two 8MP front cameras
  • 3,500 mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 156.6 x 73.9 x 8.7-9.7mm, 188 g

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Alternatives

HTC U11

The HTC U11, which launched in May 2017, is still a very capable high-end handset.  It was the first phone to support HTC’s Edge Sense tech, which lets owners squeeze its sides to launch an app or perform a function  It has an 5.5-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and some excellent camera hardware with its 12MP rear camera and its 16MP front facing camera. It’s available now, unlocked, for $649 at Amazon.

HTC 11U Plus

The HTC U11 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.
 
The HTC U11 Plus, which launched in the fall of 2017, was never formally released for the US market, but Amazon has the unlocked international version on sale statting at $629.
 

Best Mid-Range HTC phones

HTC U11 Life

The HTC U11 Life is the company most recent mid-range handset that launched in the US, 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 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. The phone was never officially released in the US but the international version is on sale at Amazon for $355 unlocked.
 
 

Best Budget Phone

HTC Desire 12/12 Plus

HTC doesn’t officially have a budget phone that it sells in the US, but if you are looking to save some money, you can check out the international versions of the company’s latest budget handsets, the HTC Desire 12 and Desire 12 Plus, on Amazon. The Desire 12 has a 5.5-inch, 18:9 screen with a 1,440 x 720  resolution and a quad-core MediaTek MT6739 chipset. The memory comes in at 2 GB RAM / 16 GB storage or 3 GB RAM / 32 GB storage depending on the region. It includes a 13 MP camera on the back with phase-detection autofocus (PDAF), and a 5 MP selfie camera, while the battery capacity comes in at 2,730 mAh.

The HTC Desire 12 Plus has a larger 6-inch display, with a 18:9 aspect ratio and 1,440 x 720 resolution, as well as an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset. It’s available in a 3 GB RAM / 32 GB internal storage version only, with a dual-camera setup on the back (13 MP + 2 MP) with PDAF, and an 8 MP snapper at the front. It’s powered by a 2,965 mAh battery. Both phones come with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.

As we said, you can purchase the international unlocked versions of these phones on Amazon. The HTC Desire 12 is priced at $239, and the Desire 12 Plus is actually a bit cheaper at $199.98.

Specs

HTC Desire 12

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 720 x 1440 resolution
  • Mediatek MT6739 processor
  • 2/3 GB of RAM
  • 16/32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 512MB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • 2,730 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 148.5 x 70.8 x 8.2 mm, 137 g

HTC Desire 12 Plus

  • 6-inch IPS LCD display with 720 x 1440 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 132 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 512MB
  • 12MP and 2MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • 2,965 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 158.2 x 76.6 x 8.4 mm, 157.5 g

 

Alternatives

HTC Desire 555

This  phone 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 $89.99
 
 

 

 

Conclusion

Again, while the Taiwanese giant has said it will cut down on the number of new HTC phones it plans to release in 2018, it has already launched a few 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!