HTC launches the Desire 21 Pro 5G with a questionable price for its specs

The new Desire 21 Pro 5G. (Source: HTC)
The new Desire 21 Pro 5G. (Source: HTC)
With its Snapdragon 690 SoC and 90 hertz (Hz) FHD IPS display, the HTC Desire 21 Pro 5G has stepped into the ring with the OnePlus Nord N10. However, while that phone is destined for multiple markets, its new rival has only debuted in its native Taiwan to date. Its price there works out much higher compared to its competition, however.

HTC's first smartphone offering of the new year is the Desire 21 Pro 5G. It is the latest phone to rock the Snapdragon 690 processor, designed to bring its panel of connectivity to more consumers. However, one might question if the OEM is really trying with this vehicle for the SoC.

The Desire 21 Pro 5G has a 6.7-inch 90Hz HDR display, thus bringing it fully into a certain 6.49-inch OnePlus device's firing line. Then again, the new HTC has 8GB of RAM, whereas the N10 has 6. They both have quad rear cameras, although the Nord variant's main shooter is 64MP whereas that of the 21 Pro 5G is 48MP.

Both camera humps are of the bog-standard rectangular variety, although HTC has seen fit to grace its new one with gold-ish accents, while the 21 Pro's power button gets the same treatment in its blue or vaguely mauve colorways.

It also has a 5000mAh battery as a selling point - then again, the Nord N10 has Warp Charge 30 for its 4300mAh power-pack, whereas HTC has gone for a very average 18 watt (W) rate. Both phones are also stuck on Android 10.

So, what does HTC ask its audience for this new phone at launch? 11,990 Taiwanese dollars (TWD; or ~US$428), whereas the Nord N10 has recently been unleashed on the US market for $299. Furthermore, their additional upcoming rival, the TCL 20 5G, will manage a starting price of ~$363 on its release.

All in all, it is less than certain HTC has equipped the Desire 21 Pro 5G for the battle of the Snapdragon 690 phones, which might well rage all through 2021.

The Desire 21 Pro 5G in both available colors. (Source: HTC)
The Desire 21 Pro 5G in both available colors. (Source: HTC)


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-01-14 (Update: 2021-01-14)
Deirdre O'Donnell
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