HTC has made a very surprising re-awakening in the smartphone market, releasing not just one, but two new smartphones – The HTC U19E and the HTC Desire U19+. The two new devices will be launching in Taiwan in June and July respectively, but there has been no official release date yet.
This reportedly brings an end to a dry slump the Taiwanese company has been facing lately. Even though at the end of 2010, HTC was the leading smartphone vendor in the United States, it would soon lose that position to Apple, Samsung and LG with 6% market shares in the U.S in 2014. As of 2017, HTC was only able to capture about 2.3% of the smartphone market.
Looking at the new units they have in tow, the HTC U19E has a 6-inch OLED display with a 2160 x 1080 resolution, (which sounds impressive admittedly). It also comes with a 3,930mAh battery, 24MP and 2MP dual camera rear array, and 6GB RAM.
Although it comes with a not-so-impressive-for-2019 Snapdragon 710 processor, it is supposed to go on sale for $475, making it the more expensive choice.
While the HTC Desire U19+ comes with a 6.2-inch display, it also features a tri-camera setup which consists of a 13MP main sensor, 8MP sensor with ultra wide-angle lens and 5MP depth sensor. On the same back is a rear mounted fingerprint sensor which is different to the U19E’s in-screen sensor.
Powered by a 3850mAh battery, under the hood of this unit runs the MediaTek P35 processor with either 4/6 GB RAM. It is going to be retailed at $315, making it more affordable than the HTC U19E.