Jun 17, 2020 News
HTC, the Huawei and Xiaomi of mid 2010s is finally getting a comeback, as we barely heard anything from the company for over 2 years. The last time HTC got any attention was from its U11 series, which were pretty decent in their own regard, but still couldn’t be suggested over the likes of Samsung’s and Apple’s flagships of that year. However, now the company is back from the dead, and is looking to penetrate the market once more with their new U20 5G - yes, they’re getting on the 5G train as well.
The U20 at first glance looks like an impressive device, with top-notch specs and features that would serve well in the upper mid-range region of the smartphone world. The only thing that will make or break the U20 5G will be its pricing, and how HTC will choose to go about it, since they’re going to be up against tough competition from the likes of the LG Velvet, Pixel 5, and the OnePlus Z - all of which are formidable upcoming devices and received a lot of hype and interest from users across the world.
The U20 is going to be a large phone, with a massive screen size of 6.8”, something most users won’t be comfortable with frankly speaking. The phone will definitely not be for one-handed usage, but it’s to be noted that media consumption and gaming will feel pleasurable on the phone’s large screen. It’s going to be an LCD FHD+ panel with a ppi of almost 400. This isn’t the best screen we’ve seen on a smartphone as of yet, but it’s nothing too shabby either. Talking about the design, the phone looks muted from the black, with no glossy back finish like all other phones are opting for nowadays. This is mostly subjective, as some people will prefer this, and some won’t.
One thing we didn’t like about the design aspect, is the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Yes, the display being LCD won’t allow an in-display scanner, but we really wished it was AMOLED to allow for that to happen. Even a side-mounted scanner would’ve been more in line with 2020 ways, because the current positioning looks outdated to say the least, but again that isn’t much of an issue for most people. Moreover, you also will miss out on the headphone jack, as you only get the option of a type-C connector when it comes to ports, and honestly we’ve gotten used to it by now.
The phone will sport a Snapdragon 765G, which is a great chipset, and we’ve spoken greatly about it multiple times now. It is a cost-efficient SoC that matches the power of previous flagship chips from Snapdragon, such as 845 and even the 855 to some extent. You won’t have to worry about any sort of lag or jitters being present on the device, no matter what sorta extent you push the device to - it’s going to handle it easily.
You’re also going to get a quad-camera setup on this device, with a 48MP main shooter, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 2MP macro lens and another 2MP depth sensor. We don’t know the quality of these sensors, but we hope they can be decent at worst. A good news for selfie lovers is that the front camera will be 25MP, which will translate to detailed selfies which are definitely going to stand out from the rest of the pack.
The battery business seems promising, as you’ll be getting a massive 5000 mAh battery cell which will last you a day and a half easily on moderate to heavy usage even. You also get quick charge support of upto 18W, which is okay but not the best. 20+W of fast charging has become a norm for most devices above the price point of 500 bucks.
Well, the phone retailing for a price of about 640 dollars in Taiwan, which seems a little high for our liking considering that phones like the Poco F2 Pro are providing a lot more power, similar camera setup and better design at just 500 bucks. But we’re surely excited for HTC to be making its comeback in the smartphone world, and can’t wait to see what it brings for us in the future!