HTC U19e and Desire 19+ premium midrangers Launched in Taiwan

HTC has two (mediocre) new phones, proving it's not dead just yet

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC isn't exactly winning any awards in 2019, but the company is still trying to keep up with the competition. Today, they announced the HTC U19e, a mid-range phone with decent specs that likely won't show up on U.S. soil any time soon. It is backed by a 3,930mAh non-removable battery and supports Quick Charge 4.0 fast charge technology. 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.

Retailing at $315 (around £250, AU$450), the HTC Desire U19 Plus is the more affordable phone of the two, and its specs show.

At the rear, the U19e packs a dual camera setup housing a 12MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture, teaming up with a 20MP f/2.6 2x telephoto camera. It runs on Android9.0 Pie out of the box with HTC Sense UI laid on top. While there is no 3.5mm audio jack, the device comes with HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi dual speakers with stereo surround sound effect. The phone sports a 6.2-inch HD+ (720x1520 pixel) screen with 19:9 aspect ratio.

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. It also has 128GB of internal storage.

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HTC's latest mid-range device is equipped with MediaTek's Helio P35 which is slightly more powerful than Qualcomm's Snapdragon 630.

The HTC U19e comes in Extraordinary Purple and Modest Green and will go on sale in Taiwan tomorrow - June 12 - priced at TWD 14,900 (~€420). As of now, there is no information about the availability of both these devices in other markets.

We've reached out to HTC to see whether these phones will release outside of Taiwan, and if there's anything else to know about them, so stay tuned to TechRadar to see if HTC can make a smartphone comeback.

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