Taiwanese giants HTC started life manufacturing notebook computers back in in 1997. By 1998, they had moved on to mobile phones, and quickly made a name for themselves on the tech scene.
As Android pioneers, HTC created the world’s very first Android smartphone, the HTC Dream, in 2008. Other HTC firsts include the first Microsoft 3G smartphone, and the first all-metal smartphone in the form of the HTC One. In 2017, the HTC U11 introduced the innovative Edge Sense, which lets you interact with the phone by simply squeezing it.
If you're considering a brand-new HTC smartphone, but not entirely sure which handset to go for? We've lined up their current greatest hits, from the cutting-edge to the budget-friendly.
At a glance: 5.5-inch Quad HD display, 16MP selfie camera, 64GB, 169g, 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm
HTC's most advanced device to date, the HTC U11 is sure to turn heads with its 3D liquid glass surface. The handset is available in a range of vivid colours, all of which reflect light dazzlingly, thanks to the highly-refractive minerals used in the design. The 5.5-inch Quad HD display offers crisp and clear viewing, with 3D glass ensuring images never appear distorted.
HTC U11 is ready for any weather, thanks to an IP67 water and dust resistant rating and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to withstand bumps and scratches. The cameras are highly rated by DxOMark, with a 12MP rear camera and amazing 16MP front-facer. HTC U11 is also compatible with the some of the best virtual assistants on the market, including Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant. To launch either, just squeeze the sides for action, thanks to HTC’s Edge Sense.
HTC U Play
At a glance: 5.2-inch Full HD display, Two 16MP cameras, 32GB, 145g, 146 x 72.9 x 8mm
Eye-catching and packed with brilliant features, the HTC U Play is ideal if you’re looking for something more affordable than the U11, but don’t want to sacrifice performance or that stylish liquid finish. Full of power, there’s 3GB RAM, an octa-core processor and fast-charging battery all on board. There's also 32GB of storage, fingerprint security, and two 16MP cameras that are sure to impress photography enthusiasts.
HTC USonic offers sound unlike any other. By analysing your ear with a sonic pulse, the U Play’s audio adapts to you, delivering a truly immersive experience. Finally, make the most of HTC Sense Companion, HTC's very own personal assistant which is always on hand to answer queries and organise your day.
HTC U Ultra
At a glance: 5.7-inch Quad HD dual display, 12MP main camera, 16MP selfie camera, 64GB, 170g, 162.41 x 79.79 x 2.6mm
Sharing the same light-reflecting, liquid-effect finish as the HTC U11, the HTC U Ultra is a stunning smartphone. It's one of HTC's larger devices, with a Quad HD display measuring 5.7 inches. Vibrant colours and a high resolution make the U Ultra a pleasure to stream videos on, while the dual display feature that sits at the top of the screen makes it easy to instantly access key contacts, notifications and HTC Sense Companion.
Audio is second-to-none on the U Ultra, thanks to 360-degree recording and USonic playback. Photography is also on point, courtesy of a 12MP rear camera, and 16MP front-facing lens both capturing professional looking photos. Taking shots in low light is easier than ever too, with Phase Detection Auto Focus ensuring every detail of your evening is visible.
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At a glance: 5.2-inch Quad HD display, 12MP camera, 32GB, 161g, 145.9g x 71.9 x 9mm
The HTC 10 is the predecessor of the U11, and offers everything you'd expect from a HTC flagship device. It may not be the latest model, but the HTC 10 offers dual optical image stabilisation on the primary 12MP camera and front-facing 5MP camera. There's also 24-bit Hi-Res sound, a stunning metal unibody and a battery that charges 50% in 30 minutes and can last up to two days.
Under the hood there's 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and a quad-core processor that's built to make multitasking a breeze.
HTC Desire 530
At a glance: 5-inch Full HD display, 8MP camera, 16GB, 140g, 146.9 x 70.9 x 8.3mm
Looking for an affordable HTC handset that still packs in all those must-have features? The HTC Desire 530 won't let you down, especially with its 5-inch Full HD screen, 8MP primary camera and unique micro splash finish.
The Desire 530 really stands out when it comes to audio. You can easily amp up the volume without distorting sound thanks to BoomSound Dolby Audio. Supported by sound experts Dolby, your tracks will sound clearer than ever, whether you're using headphones or the dual speakers.
There's a speedy quad-core processor too, and Android Marshmallow is built in, but it’s easily upgradable to Nougat and, soon, Oreo.
Which HTC handset is right for me?
You'll find a HTC smartphone to suit every budget at Mobiles.co.uk. For premium phone lovers, the HTC U11 and UPlay won't disappoint. Their top-rated cameras and innovative new features make them some of the best smartphones on the market, while the HTC Desire 530 is ideal if you're looking for HTC tech on a budget, without sacrificing on style.
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