The HTC U19e & Desire 19+ are the brand's latest overpriced devices
The HTC U19e – not a Galaxy S10e competitor
Following in the footsteps of last year’s flagship, the HTC U19e is equipped with a large 6-inch display featuring an 18:9 aspect ratio. It’s surrounded by the same large, symmetrical bezels above and below but, due to the smartphone’s lower cost, the resolution of the panel has been downgraded to 2160 x 1080p.
Looking at the rear of the smartphone, HTC has opted for the common vertical dual-camera setup positioned in the top corner. According to the company, there’s a primary 12-megapixel snapper paired with a 20-megapixel sensor that seems to enhance portrait photos and a dual-tone LED flash. The setup supports 4K video recording, automatic HDR, and a variety of unspecified AI enhancements. Regarding the selfie snappers that sit up front, there’s a 20-megapixel camera accompanied by a 2-megapixel sensor that allows for Iris Recognition Unlock.
The Desire 19+, HTC's first notched smartphone
Representing a first for HTC, the Desire 19+ features a large display paired with a waterdrop notch. The panel measures in at 6.2-inches and offers a resolution of 1520 x 720p, but this time it isn’t accompanied by two front-facing cameras. Instead, HTC has opted for a single 16-megapixel snapper that supports Face Unlock.
Over on the rear, the Desire 19+ adopts a new triple-camera setup comprised of a main 13-megapixel sensor, an 8-megapixel camera coupled with a wide-angle lens, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. There’s also a fingerprint scanner towards the center of the rear panel.
HTC U19e and Desire 19+ price and release date
The HTC U19e will be available to purchase on June 12th in both Modest Green and Extraordinary Purple. Sales will be limited to Taiwan and there's no word on an international launch. Prices don't typically translate directly, but the smartphone has been priced at TWD 14,900 ($475 or €420) locally, pretty high considering the specs HTC has included. For reference, the Pixel 3a can be purchased for around TWD 14,500 ($461 or €410) and the flagship Xiaomi Mi 9 costs TWD 13,999 ($446 or €394).