HTC launches its first 5G phone – the HTC U20

It has been a long time since HTC has impressed with its smartphone offering. It’s a sad state of affairs, to be honest, as they were at the spearhead of the Android revolution. They launched the first production Android device in the form of the HTC Dream and were the leading Android OEM for several years thereafter. They are hoping to revive that magic with their first 5G phone in the form of the HTC U20.

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At an event in Taipei, the company unveiled the HTC U20 premium mid-ranger as well as a more affordable HTC Desire 20 Pro. The naming convention can be a bit confusing, but all you need to know is they’re follow-ups to last year’s U19e and Desire 19+.

The HTC U20 has a Snapdragon 765G, which may disappoint some at an asking price of around $640 for the device. Luckily it is the first Qualcomm chip that is capable of 5G connectivity.

It has a Full HD display coming in at 6.8-inches. It is an LCD panel though, no OLED in sight here. The display has a punch hole cut-out for the 32MP selfie camera. There aren’t any additional sensors at the front for secure facial recognition; HTC has instead opted for a fingerprint scanner on the back of the device.

Speaking of the back, you have a quad-camera module that includes an interested compilation of sensors. The main camera is a 48MP sensor, with an 8MP wide-angle lens, 2MP macro lens and 2MP bokeh in addition. We aren’t fans of the latest trend to add macro lenses to mid-range devices to boast having more cameras. The use cases for them are few and far between and usually of questionable quality.

The rest of the hardware is expected for a mid-ranger in 2020 – it has 8GB RAM, 256GB of storage, a 5,000mAh battery and has the ability to expand storage with a microSD card slot. It has two SIM slots for additional telco options.

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