- HTC has released its first phone of 2021, the Desire 21 Pro 5G.
- It offers 5G, a 90Hz display and a 5,000mAh battery, albeit with a Snapdragon 690 chip.
- Itâ€™s on sale for about $428 in Taiwan, but getting it elsewhere may be a challenge.
HTCâ€™s mobile division is a shadow of its former self, and its lackluster U20 5G didnâ€™t exactly help its chances of a turnaround. However, the company is still releasing phones in 2021 â€” and you might even like what it has to offer. Android Police reports that HTC has introduced the Desire 21 Pro 5G, a mid-range device that packs a fair amount of power for the money.
On top of faster cellular data, the Desire 21 Pro 5G centers on a 6.7-inch, 1080p display with a 90Hz refresh rate (HTCâ€™s first 90Hz screen, believe it or not). Performance will be strictly middling between the Snapdragon 690 chip and 8GB of RAM, but you will get a giant 5,000mAh battery and 128GB of expandable storage.
Youâ€™ll also get a healthy selection of rear cameras that include a 48MP primary cam, an 8MP ultrawide, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor. A 16MP hole-punch camera provides selfies at the front. Software isnâ€™t HTCâ€™s strong suit, though, as the phone still ships with Android 10.
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HTC is selling the Desire 21 Pro 5G in its homeland for 11,990 Taiwan dollars, or roughly $428. It might not offer as much raw value as a device like the Pixel 4a or OnePlus Nord, then, but the combination of features might give it an edge. The challenge may simply be to buy one. HTC hasnâ€™t said if it will sell the new Desire outside of Taiwan, and we wouldnâ€™t count on it when the company has relatively limited resources.