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The U19e and Desire 19+ are new HTC phones for the Taiwanese market

The HTC U19e. (Source: HTC)
The HTC U19e. (Source: HTC)
HTC has released new phones for 2019, albeit not flagship-level and only for the OEM's home market. They are the U19e, as projected earlier, and a new Desire-line device. They have 6.0- and 6.2-inch displays, and have double and triple rear cameras, respectively. The U19e will be sold at a price of approximately US$474, whereas the Desire 19+ will cost about $318.

As expected, the HTC U19e launched today in Taiwan. In slightly more surprising news, the OEM also unveiled a second device aimed at the same market. The Desire 19+ is powered by the MediaTek Helio P35 processor, whereas the U19e features the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC. Therefore, both new HTC phones are distinct mid-rangers.

The Desire 19+ reportedly has 4GB and 6GB RAM SKUs, whereas the U19e has only 1 6GB variant. The former has triple (13/8/5MP) rear cameras, whereas the latter has a 12/20MP dual module. The new U-series phone also has a 24MP selfie camera, although the Desire 19+ has a 13MP front-facing camera. Both phones are sticking with a conventional bar-style housing for these sensors - and it gets worse: the U19e still has the 18:9 aspect-ratio that belongs to predecessors of the same line and also the past.

Given all this information, it could be quite difficult to decide which has the better value proposition. This may or may not be helped by the additional point that the U19e has a 3930mAh battery, which is Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0-enabled. The battery found in the Desire 19+ is 100mAh less in terms of capacity, and has no such up-to-date fancy charging standard.

The U19e is slated for a commercial release tomorrow (June 12, 2019), while a similar event for the Desire 19+ is not yet set in stone. Given their underwhelming specs with few plus points, holding one's breath for this is definitely optional.




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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-06-11 (Update: 2019-06-11)