HTC phones simply aren’t what they 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:

  1. HTC Exodus
  2. HTC U12 Plus
  3. HTC U20
  4. HTC Desire 20 Pro
  5. HTC Wildfire X

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!

Its specs are quite impressive too, even though it’s almost two years old. The Exodus offers 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and the Snapdragon 845 chipset. It sports dual cameras on the front and rear and 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: Snapdragon 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 sensors, with the main one 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 on board.


HTC U12 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 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 U20

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While it’s not what we expected, the HTC U20 is still one of the best HTC phones you can find. It’s no powerhouse, but the device offers some pretty good specs for the price. It’s also the company’s very first 5G phone, which should make it an enticing option for those who can take advantage of the faster speeds.

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HTC U20 specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

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 Full HD+ 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 price that won’t break the bank.


HTC Desire 20 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: 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

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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 waterdrop 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