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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 great devices in its lineup at different price points. But unlike Samsung, LG, and other big brands, HTC only releases a handful of phones per year. It’s mainly focused on the mid-range sector and entry-level sector at the moment, with no new flagships in 2019 yet.

So, without further ado, here are the best HTC phones you can get your hands on in 2019, from high-end flagships to affordable mid-rangers.

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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 phone released by HTC 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 a year 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. The only downside of the HTC Exodus is that its price has remained quite high despite its release date. But if you are an HTC purist, you can’t do better than the Exodus.


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

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HTC’s latest non-blockchain flagship, the U12 Plus (there is no U12, by the way) includes a lot of what we loved about the HTC U11 Plus, but with a few obvious upgrades. 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 HTC U12 Plus has four cameras on board.

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.

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 U11 Plus

Photo of the front side of HTC U11 Plus in an upright position with a grass background.

The HTC U11 Plus is an older HTC flagship, but still one of the best HTC phones you can get your hands on. It has a 6.0-inch QHD+ display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip, 4 or 6 GB of RAM, and either 64 GB or 128 GB of onboard storage. It might not be up to par with current phones, but it is a good budget choice nonetheless.

Audiophiles will love the U11 Plus' BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition speakers.

The U11 Plus also has a 3,930 mAh battery, a 12.2MP rear camera, an 8MP front camera and Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. It also has the Edge Sense sensors like the standard U11. Its onboard BoomSound Hi-Fi Edition speakers are supposed to offer up to 30 percent higher sound than the U11 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 in the U.S. market, but you can purchase the unlocked international version from Amazon.


HTC U11 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: SD 835
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,930mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo


4. HTC U19e

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When HTC teased an announcement earlier this year, fans were hoping for a new flagship at long last. Instead, the Taiwanese manufacturer announced a new mid-range device. Although that might have been disappointing to some, the HTC U19e is 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 recent mid-range devices, the U19e is made of glass on the front and back, surrounded by an aluminum frame. 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. The U19e also has a large 3830mAh battery.

The U19e is HTC's latest and greatest upper mid-range device.

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. Its only downside is its relatively high price, but if you are an HTC fan, it’s worth every penny.


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


5. HTC U12 Life

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The HTC U12 Life has a lot going for it. It’s not the most powerful device on the market but still packs enough brawns for the average user. It features the Snapdragon 636 chipset, up to 6GB of RAM, and as much as 128GB of expandable storage. The Full HD+ display comes in at 6.0-inches and has an aspect ratio of 18:9.

The HTC U12 Life runs Android Oreo with HTC’s Sense skin on top.

Unlike its predecessor, the U12 Life is not an Android One device. It runs Android Oreo with HTC’s Sense skin on top. It also doesn’t have an IP rating, but it does have a headphone jack that’s missing on the U11 Life. Other specs and features include a dual-camera setup at the back, a 3,600mAh battery, and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The phone has an eye-catching design with its dual-tone back that reminds me of Google’s Pixel series but it has a polycarbonate body. It retails for 250 euros, which translates to around $285. It was not released in the U.S.

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HTC U12 Life specs:

  • Display: 6-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: SD 636
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB

  • Cameras: 16 and 5MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo


6. HTC Desire 19 Plus

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If you are looking for a budget mid-range HTC device, the HTC Desire 19 Plus is probably your best choice. Announced along with the U19e this summer, it is one of the Taiwanese company’s latest offerings.

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Design-wise, there is a departure from the typical HTC look. The Desire 19 Plus is one of the few HTC phones that features a dewdrop notch. Despite this, the device looks stylish with its gradient colors. Its specs are quite decent too. The Desire 19 Plus comes with 4 or 6GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB of storage. But you won’t find a Snapdragon chipset. This HTC phone sports a Mediatek MT6765 processor and the same large 3830mAh battery found on the U19e. It also as a triple rear camera with a wide, ultra-wide and a depth sensor.

However, HTC have cut some corners to keep the cost low. The Desire 19 Plus doesn’t have a gyroscope sensor and it’s not IP certified. It also offers a very low resolution of 720 x 1520, resulting in a 271 ppi density. However, that is somewhat balanced out by the fact that the Desire 19 Plus has NFC and a microSD slot. So, if you are looking for a low cost phone, the Desire 19 Plus can be yours for under 280 euro or around $300.


HTC Desire 19 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, HD+
  • SoC: Mediatek MT6765
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB

  • Cameras: 13, 8 and 5MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 3,850mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie


7. HTC Wildfire X

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After eight years the HTC Wildfire brand has made a return with the HTC Wildfire X. Unfortunately, it is not a true return to form. The new device is a budget phone exclusive to the Indian market. In terms of specs and look, it is very similar to the Desire 19 Plus but with some key differences.

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The Wildfire X has the same 6.2-inch display, down to the dew drop notch and disappointing 271 ppi density. But it offers acceptable specs for its price. It comes with either 3 or 4GB of RAM and 32 or 128GB of storage. The new Wildfire also sports an octa-core Mediatek processor. The major difference between it and the Desire 19 Plus is most noticeable when it comes to the battery. The Wildfire X has a 3300mAh battery compared to the 3,850mAh on the other device. It also has a single 8MP selfie camera, but the triple rear camera is almost identical to that of the Desire 19 Plus.

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


8. HTC Desire 12/12 Plus

Photo of the gold HTC Desire 12 - Best budget HTC phone

HTC doesn’t officially have a budget phone that it sells in the U.S., but if you are looking to save some money, you can check out the international versions of two 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 2GB RAM/16GB storage or 3GB RAM/32GB storage depending on the region. It includes a 13MP camera on the back with phase-detection autofocus (PDAF), and a 5MP selfie camera, while the battery capacity comes in at 2,730mAh.

The HTC Desire 12 Plus has a larger 6-inch display, with an 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 3GB RAM/32GB internal storage version only, with a dual-camera setup on the back (13MP + 2MP) 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 $170, and the Desire 12 Plus is actually a bit cheaper at $160.


HTC Desire 12 specs:

  • Display: 5.5-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek MT6739
  • RAM: 2/3GB
  • Storage: 16/32GB

  • Camera: 13MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 2,730mAh
  • Software: Android 8.0 Oreo

HTC Desire 12 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6-inch, HD+
  • SoC: SD 450
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB

  • Cameras: 12 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 2,965mAh
  • Software: Android 8.0 Oreo


There you have it — these are the best HTC phones you can get your hands on. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!