HTC Desire 20+ with Snapdragon 720G and 3.5mm headphone jack launched in Taiwan

HTC Desire 20+ with Snapdragon 720G and 3.5mm headphone jack launched in Taiwan

HTC has announced the new HTC Desire 20+ in Taiwan (via GizmoChina), following up on the launch of the HTC Desire 20 Pro and HTC U20 5G. This new phone is a statement of intent to anyone who had written the brand off. The Desire 20+ is a mid-range handset based around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset and a quad-lens rear camera, and although the launch hasn’t made any specific mention of it, the Snapdragon 720G should make for a reasonable gaming experience too.

HTC Desire 20+: Specifications

SpecificationHTC Desire 20+
BuildPolycarbonate
Dimensions & Weight
  • 164.9 x 75.7 x 9mm
  • 203g
Display
  • 6.5-inches HD+
  • 720 x 1600 pixels
  • 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Waterdrop notch
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 720G
RAM & Storage
  • 6GB + 128GB
  • MicroSD slot for expansion
Battery & Charging
  • 5000mAh
  • Supports Quick Charge 4.0
SecurityFingerprint Sensor (rear)
Rear Camera(s)
  • Primary: 48MP, f/1.8
  • Secondary: 5MP, f/2.2, wide-angle
  • Tertiary: 2MP, f/2.4, macro
  • Quarternary: 5MP, f/2.4, depth-of-field
Front Camera(s)16MP, f/2.0
Port(s)
  • USB-C
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
Audio<information not available>
Connectivity
  • Dual nano SIM
  • GNSS:
    • AGPS
    • Beidou
    • GLONASS
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • NFC
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
SoftwareAndroid 10
Other Features

The 6.5-inch display on the HTC Desire 20+ only offers 720×1600 pixel HD+, albeit in a super-wide 20:9 aspect ratio, but FHD video capture is supported, backed by a reasonable 6GB of RAM. In fact, the main camera is capable of 48MP, flanked by additional lenses for wide-angle, depth, and macro. The front camera is a not-too-shabby 16MP. All cameras support Auto-HDR and the rear array offers a dual-LED flash.

Storage is 128GB out of the box, but there’s a microSD slot to double or even triple that figure. A rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, NFC are all present and correct too, creating a reasonable bouquet of connectivity at this price-point. Surprisingly, there is a 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom.

The outer casing of the HTC Desire 20+ is made of durable plastic with HTC’s trademark textured “twill” finish, which improves grip in the hand, whilst under the hood, a modest 5000mAh battery is aided by a power-saving mode and Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0.

All in all, this is one of the most “mid-range” handsets you could possibly imagine. Nothing is missing, but nothing is exceptional either. We can see it being popular with younger users, but only if they find it in an increasingly crowded field of similar devices. It’s fine, but it’s going to take a lot more to than this to turn around HTC’s floundering fortunes.

Pricing and Availability

The HTC Desire 20+ is available from HTC Taiwan only in Dawn Orange or Twilight Black for TWD8490 ($295). There is no word on international availability at this moment. The HTC Desire 20 Pro did go on sale in Europe eventually, so there is hope for the Desire 20+ to also make its way outside of Taiwan.

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Chris Merriman
Chris Merriman

I am the UK News Editor at XDA Developers. I’ve been writing about technology for over a decade for the likes of The Inquirer, where I was Associate Editor, Computer Shopper UK, and IT Pro. I’ve also appeared on Sky News, BBC, Al Jazeera and recently left a long-running weekly tech news spot on TalkRadio UK. My love of technology comes from my family who hail from the pioneering days of Silicon Valley - in fact my Grandfather worked on Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. I’ve been using smartphones (and reading XDA) since the HTC Canary in 2003. I’m also a smart home obsessive. You can find me tweeting as @ChrisTheDJ or email me at [email protected]