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
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.
- 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
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
Best Mid-Range HTC phones
HTC U11 Life
- 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
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
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.
- 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
HTC Desire 555
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.