HTC has officially announced two new midrange devices for its Taiwanese home market. The U19e was the first phone to have its details shared, and the second is the Desire 19+.
HTC’s U19e seems to be directly targeting the Pixel 3a as a competitor. Featuring a Snapdragon 710 chip, 6GB RAM, 128GB of expandable storage, and dual rear cameras, the phone offers slightly better specs than Google’s offering. A 6-inch 1080p display and a big 3,930mAh battery with fast charging rounds out the spec sheet.
Pricing on the U19e is where HTC finds its competition – the converted pricing at current exchange rates puts it at $636 locally – $14 cheaper than the Pixel 3a.
The second device shown is the 6.3-inch Desire 19+. Offering a MediaTek Helio P35 chipset, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, 64GB or 128GB of storage and a 13MP rear camera paired with a Time of Flight depth sensor, this device is decidedly lower-end than the U19e.
Pricing on the Desire 19+ also reflects its placement in the line-up. At $450 and $500 for the two hardware options, the Desire 19+ is positioned to compete with lower-end devices.
Currently both devices are only confirmed for a July release in Taiwan, but HTC may decide to release them locally later in the year.
I’d be interested in how these stack up against the Moto plus offerings in terms of bang for your buck
HTC’s cameras were often underrated, so it will be interesting to see how they perform against the competition. Less AI/Spyware creepy behavior than a Pixel would be a good thing too.