HTC has finally unveiled its first 5G Smartphone in an online event held in Taiwan on Tuesday. The HTC U20 5G and HTC Desire 20 Pro have currently targeted in their home market Taiwan. In a tweet, HTC has confirmed that both devices will follow to other markets soon. U20 5G will be up for pre-order from July 1. Last month we have reported the launch of HTC’s first 5G phone.
After 2018, U20 5G is HTC’s first major launch
HTC U20 5G packs Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G SoC will cost NT$ 18,990 (INR 49000/AED 2360) in Taiwan. U20 5G packs a typical punch hole camera design from the front with 6.8″ Full HD+ LCD with 20:9 aspect ratio which weighs around 215g. On the backside of the phone, it has 4 cameras including a 48MP Main Camera, 8MP wide-angle camera, 2MP depth and 2MP Macro lens to make the pictures more colourful and professional.
HTC’s first 5G Smartphone comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB onboard storage which can be added further using a MicroSD card. In a surprising move from HTC, the device comes with a 5000mAh battery, which was never a major strong department for past HTC Smartphones. It also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 technology for fast charging the devices, HTC has included an 18W adapter inside the box.
HTC’s latest budget smartphone Desire 20 Pro comes with a 6.5″ FHD+ resolution LCD display in a dimension 162 x 77 x 9.4mm which weighs just above 200g. Under the display, it comes with Qualcomm’s mid-range chipset Snapdragon 665 with 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM to deliver a good experience to the end-users. Like the U20, the mid-range device also comes with the same 4 camera setup. Unlike the 5G smartphone, Desire 20 Pro has a 3.5mm headphone jack to use your good old headphones. Also, the 5000mAh battery will make sure that the device runs a full day. Desire 20 Pro will cost NT$ 8990 (INR 23000 / AED 1100).
HTC Corporation, once the No.1 Android smartphone manufacturer has lost its relevance and market share to Samsung and other chinese maufacturers due to price war and their own poor marketing and device strategies.
In 2018, HTC has struck $ 1.1 billion deal with Google by giving away its big workforce about 2000 engineers who worked behind Google’s Pixel line up in the past. Google’s Pixel 1, 1 XL and Pixel 2 were Google-HTC Collaboration devices.
According to HTC’s CEO Yves Maitre, they were focusing on their Virtual Reality division HTC Vive in the recent years. In an interview with Tech Crunch HTC CEO have admitted that they have stopped innovating in smartphone hardware and the competitors like Apple, Samsung and in recent years Huawei have heavily invested in the smartphone hardware and got an upper edge in the smartphone business. Once the Google most preferred android manufacturer is now trying to regain its lost importance and market share.