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Once one of the top smartphone manufacturers, HTC isn’t what it used to be. The brand has mostly bowed out of the phone business to focus on VR and other efforts, but it’s still not completely done for. Despite falling out of favor, the company has a number of good devices in its lineup at different price points.

Unlike Samsung, LG, and other big brands, HTC only releases a handful of phones per year. We must be honest and say none of them are really that great compared to the competition. Regardless, we know some of you are huge HTC fans and some of their offerings are pretty decent. Here is a list of the best HTC phones around, just in case you need a bit of help.

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The best HTC phones:

Editor’s note: The list’s order goes from flagship to budget devices. We will update it regularly as new HTC phones launch.


1. HTC Exodus

The HTC Exodus is undoubtedly among the most powerful HTC phones released in recent years. The Taiwanese manufacturer launched the device at the end of 2018. Despite that, the Exodus is its latest flagship and the most powerful HTC phone on this list along with the U12 Plus. But what makes Exodus special is that it’s basically a hardware wallet for cryptocurrency. In fact, using cryptocurrency was the only way you could initially purchase the device. Nowadays, it’s available for purchase with good old hard cash.

The Exodus is a great phone despite the crypto gimmick.

And it’s not just a gimmick device! The HTC Exodus is quite accessible to crypto newbies. It also sports a premium and eye-catching design with a fully transparent back. No annoying notches or punch holes to be found on the front either!

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Its specs are quite impressive too, even though it’s almost two years old. The Exodus offers 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a Snapdragon 845. It sports dual cameras on the front and rear and it has the typical pressure-sensitive HTC buttons. It’s actually a better phone than the newer HTC Exodus 1S.


HTC Exodus specs:

  • Display: 6-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 845
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 8 and 8MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo

2. HTC U12 Plus

The U12 Plus includes a lot of what we loved about the HTC U11 Plus, but with a few obvious upgrades, making it one of the best HTC phones around. HTC continued 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 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. You can also find two wide-angle 8MP sensors on the front, which can be used for quickly unlocking your phone with facial recognition.

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The HTC U12 Plus also supports a new version of the company’s Edge Sense technology and is powered by the Snapdragon 845. It offers 6GB RAM, and sports either 64 or 128GB of expandable storage. 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.


HTC U12 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 845
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 8 and 8MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo

3. HTC U19e

A look at the HTC U19e.
The HTC U19e is old and has been replaced by the HTC U20 5G, but the newer device isn’t available yet and the U19e is still not a phone which should be overlooked. Its design combines the best of both worlds — fun colors and the transparent back design of the HTC Exodus. Unlike other mid-range devices, the U19e is made of glass on the front and back, surrounded by an aluminum frame.

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The HTC U19e is among the best-looking HTC phones, but the inside doesn’t disappoint either! The HTC U19e comes with 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a Snapdragon 710 chipset, which ensure great daily performance.

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Things look good in the camera department too. You can find a dual camera with a 12MP wide and 20MP telephoto sensor on the back of the device and a 24MP selfie camera combined with a 5MP depth sensor on the front. The U19e even brought back a feature that seems to have disappeared in recent years. It offers an iris scanner, along with NFC, dual SIM support and more.


HTC U19e specs:

  • Display: 6-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: SD 710
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 20MP
  • Front cameras: 24 and 2MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

4. HTC Desire 20 Pro

HTC Desire 20 Pro

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If you are looking for a nicer mid-range device, the HTC Desire 20 Pro is definitely one of the best HTC phones available. Despite being a 2020 device, it has modest specs, including a Snapdragon 665 processor, 6GB of RAM, and a nice 6.5-inch FHD+ screen.

Some of the features found in this phone are rather surprising, though. This budget handset comes with a massive 5,000mAh battery, a quad-camera set-up, dual-SIM capabilities, and a prioce that won’t break the bank.


HTC Desire 20 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 25MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. HTC Wildfire X

htc wildfire x

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After eight years the HTC Wildfire brand made a return with the HTC Wildfire X. Unfortunately, it is not a true return to form, but it’s still one of the best budget HTC phones. The device is a budget phone very similar to the older Desire 19 Plus, but with some key differences.

The Wildfire X has the same 6.2-inch display, down to the dew drop notch and disappointing 271 ppi density. It offers acceptable specs for its price. The Wildfire X also sports an octa-core Mediatek processor. There’s also a single 8MP selfie camera and a triple rear camera system.

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Another major drawback, however, is that HTC had very little to do with this device. The Taiwanese manufacturer licensed it branding to a Chinese manufacturer. Nevertheless, the HTC Wildfire X is a decent phone but you can probably find better Xiaomi budget devices for your money.


HTC Wildfire X specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Mediatek MT6762
  • RAM: 3/4GB
  • Storage: 32/128GB
  • Cameras: 12, 8 and 5MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie