It’s been a shocking busy period for HTC. After the Vive XR Suite announcement, the tech giant kept to its promise and showcased its first 5G phone, the U20, at its Taipei event. Still talking about that, the company also pushed out its seemingly more affordable Desire 20 Pro, by so doing completing the annual update cycle from last year’s U19e and Desire 19+.
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When compared to other flagship smartphones, the U20 5G may disappoint some with its Snapdragon 765G chipset, most especially when looking at its ambitious NT$18,990 price (about US$640) when pre-orders open on July 1st this year.
The only upside here, for now, is that this is Qualcomm’s first chipset with built-in 5G modem, a setup that translates to better power and thermal management in theory. Users will find the same chip inside the LG Velvet, which is moving to Europe and the United States very soon.
The 6.8-inch FHD+ display happens to be an LCD instead of the more dynamic AMOLED panel, hence the rear fingerprint reader in place of an optical version.
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We suspected this to be a cost-down measure, but we’re glad that HTC finally took away the forehead by bringing a punch hole for the 32-megapixel front camera. Moreso, we found that there’s still a visible amount of chin below the screen.