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HTC U19e: 6-inch smartphone with Snapdragon 710, 6GB RAM and four cameras for $475

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HTC have been laying low for quite some time, and suddenly bursts into life with the U19e. What can we expect out of it? Read on then to find out more details.

It was over a year ago that the Taiwanese company came out with its flagship called the U12 Plus:

  • 6-inch Quad HD+ Super LCD6 capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2880 pixels, 18:9 ratio or ~537 PPI density
  • IP68 certified - dust and waterproof up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • Liquid surface
  • Edge Sense 2
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Corning Gorilla Glass protection
  • Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver), Adreno 630 and 6GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP (f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF) + 16MP primary camera (12MP effective, f/2.6 aperture, 1.0µm), PDAF & laser AF, OIS, gyro-EIS, 2x optical zoom and dual-LED dual-tone flash
  • Dual 8MP secondary camera with (f/2.0 aperture, 1.12µm), 1080p, HDR, panorama
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • HTC BoomSound audio
  • Android Oreo 8.0, upgradeable to Android P 9.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery with Fast battery charging: 50% charge in 35 minutes (Quick Charge 3.0)
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • June 2018 release date
  • USD 799 price tag

Those who bought the U12 Plus, it still is relevant until today. Guess that is one of the perks of investing in a flagship, as its shelf life is great.

But the U19e is no flagship alright. Instead, it is positioned right smack in the middle of things as you can see from its specs below:

  • 6-inch Full HD+ OLED capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio or ~402 PPI density
  • Front/back glass, aluminium frame
  • Corning Gorilla Glass protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm) chipset, Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Kryo 360 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver) processor, Adreno 616 graphics and 6GB RAM
  • Dual primary camera: 12MP with f/1.8 aperture, 26mm (wide), PDAF + 20MP with f/2.6 aperture, 52mm (telephoto), 2x optical zoom, LED flash, Auto HDR and panorama
  • Dual secondary camera: 24MP with f/2.0 aperture + 2MP with f/2.2 (depth sensor) aperture
  • 128GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 1TB maximum
  • HTC BoomSound audio
  • Android Pie 9.0 operating system
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3930 mAh battery with Fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 4.0)
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • June 2019 release date
  • USD 475 price tag

The U19e is blessed with a 6-inch Full HD+ OLED screen that is stunningly immersive with rich colours.

You get to enjoy images and colours that are incredibly rich and vivid. This display boasts a wide colour gamut with striking accuracy that’s one of the industry’s best. Colours look natural with just the right amount of saturation. Don’t worry about protection, as the Corning Gorilla Glass is there.

Under the hood of the U19e is the Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with the Kryo octa-core processor, excellent graphics and 6GB RAM. Due to this, you can now enjoy high performance with low power consumption. This combination ensures that you can run most apps and games pretty smooth.

Perhaps the best part of all about the U19e is on its dual 12MP+20MP primary camera and dual 24MP+2MP selfie camera. It gives us imaging at its finest with the AI cameras delivering extraordinarily sharp photos and videos. 2x optical zoom gives you brilliant sharpness even from afar. AI-enhanced main cameras cleverly adjust the brightness, sharpness, colour balance and much more, turning ordinary shots into works of art. Then there’s the bokeh effect which makes for dazzling studio-like portraits.

With 128GB of internal storage, you won’t be running out of space anytime soon. Even then, you can easily add 1TB of additional space via the expansion slot.

Whether it is gaming or just for your listening pleasure, the U19e is equipped with HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition. This feature adds powerful surround-like sound to elevate your audio experience.

Finally, the 3930 mAh battery found on the U19e can last for up to 2 days of use. When the time comes to plug it in, the Quick Charge 4.0 feature gets it up to speed in no time at all.

Conclusion:

HTC U19e delivers the right amount of features and functions for most users in the mid-range category. The price seems to be a bit on the high end, though, which makes it a challenge to compete against others in its space.

HTC U19e had just been released for approximately USD 475. Two amazing colours are available, with Extraordinary Purple and Modest Green.

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