A look at the HTC U19e. HTC

HTC announced a June 11 event last week, and the company has indeed revealed a new smartphone today. The HTC U19e isn’t a follow-up to the HTC U12 Plus though, as it targets the upper mid-range price bracket.

The new HTC handset sports a Snapdragon 710 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, and a 6-inch full HD+ notch-free screen (OLED with HDR10 support). A 3,930mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0 via USB-C keeps the lights on. You’ll need to buy a Quick Charge 4.0 adapter though, because the phone only comes with a Quick Charge 3.0 charger.

Moving to the camera arena, the HTC U19e offers a 12MP+20MP 2x telephoto dual rear camera pairing, as well as a 24MP and 2MP selfie pairing with face unlock. Don’t care for face unlock? Then you’ve also got a rear fingerprint scanner as well as iris unlock via a dedicated sensor between the two front cameras.

Iris unlock on the HTC U19e. HTC

The Taiwanese firm’s latest device also sports NFC, HTC’s Sense UI atop Android Pie, and dual nano-SIM support. HTC’s new phone is available in Extraordinary Purple (a translucent look much like the U12 Plus) and Modest Green.

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The HTC U19e has a recommended retail price of 14,900 Taiwanese dollars (~$475), making it more expensive than the $400 Google Pixel 3a. You’re getting more cameras, iris unlock, a slightly more powerful chipset, a bigger display and battery, and more (expandable) storage by opting for the HTC U19e.

Google’s device definitely has a few upsides though, delivering stock Android, class-leading photo quality, and a firm commitment to brisk updates. That last point is particularly noteworthy, as HTC’s 2017 and 2018 flagships are only getting Android Pie now. HTC’s phone doesn’t feature a headphone port either, unlike the Google mid-ranger.

This wasn’t the only device launched by HTC either, as it reportedly revealed the Desire 19 Plus as well. The phone packs a 6.2-inch HD+ screen, entry-level Helio P35 chipset, 4GB/6GB of RAM, and a 3,850mAh battery. HTC’s cheaper device also offers a 16MP camera in a waterdrop notch as well as a triple rear camera combination (13MP/8MP ultra wide/5MP depth). The Desire 19 Plus starts at 9,990 Taiwanese dollars (~$318).

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