- HTC has released its first phone of 2021, the Desire 21 Pro 5G.
- It offers 5G, a 90Hz display, and a 5,000mAh battery, but with a Snapdragon 690 chip.
- It’s on sale for around $ 428 in Taiwan, but getting it elsewhere can be a challenge.
HTC’s mobile division is a shadow of itself, and its lackluster 5G U20 hasn’t really improved its chances of a turnaround. However, the company is still releasing phones in 2021 – and you might even like what it has to offer. Android Police reports that HTC introduced the Desire 21 Pro 5G, a mid-range device that offers a fair amount of power for the money.
In addition to faster cellular data, the Desire 21 Pro 5G centers around a 6.7-inch 1080p display with a 90Hz refresh rate (HTC’s first 90Hz display, believe it or not). Performance will be strictly intermediate between the Snapdragon 690 chip and 8 GB of RAM, but you will get a giant 5000 mAh battery and 128 GB of expandable storage.
You’ll also get a healthy selection of rear cameras including a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth sensor. A 16 MP hole-punch camera provides selfies on the front. Software isn’t HTC’s strong suit, however, as the phone still ships with Android 10.
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HTC is selling the Desire 21 Pro 5G in its home country for $ 11,990 Taiwan, or around $ 428. It might not offer as much raw value as a device like the Pixel 4a or OnePlus Nord, but the combination of features could give it an edge. The challenge may be to just buy one. HTC hasn’t said if it will sell the new Desire outside of Taiwan, and we wouldn’t count on it when the company has relatively limited resources.