Surprise! HTC launches two new midrange smartphones

By reviews / 12. June 2019

HTC has surprised everyone by launching not one, but two new Android handsets.

Okay, maybe not a complete surprise: the Taiwanese company had hinted that something would be unveiled yesterday, and sure enough its the HTC U19e and U19 Plus.

If two phones from a company many considered to be finished in the smartphone space is a surprise, then the actual form theyve taken is less so: these are distinctly midrange affairs, without any ambition to take on Apple and Samsung at the top of the tree.

First up, theres the HTC U19e. Its a 6-inch Snapdragon 710-powered device, with 6GB RAM, 128GB of onboard storage and a 3930mAh battery. Specswise, that sounds remarkably similar to the Oppo RX17 Pro, so maybe check that review for a preview on performance.

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One area it differs is the camera, though. The U19e has a dual-camera array on the back, with a 12-megapixel f/1.8 snapper supported by a 20-megapixel f/2.6 2x telephoto lens. Round the front theres a 24-megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera, accompanied by a 2-megapixel iris scanner for another way of unlocking.

Oddly considering the name, the HTC U19 Plus is the cheaper handsetsomething made extra confusing by the fact that Samsung puts aneat the end of its cheapest Galaxy S10. Anyway, the U19 Plus is a 6.2-inch device, powered by a MediaTek P35 processor, backed by 4/6GB RAM and a 3850mAh battery.

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Interestingly for a midranger, it comes with a triple-camera setup, with a 13-megapixel main sensor, supported by an 8-megapixel ultrawide angle lens and a 5-megapixel depth sensor.   

Both phones will be on sale in July, but weve only had a release in HTCs native Taiwan confirmed so far. The U19e will go for TWD 10,990 (around £275), while the U19 Plus will sell for TWD 9,990 (around £250).

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