HTC Desire 21 Pro 5G official, shows HTC’s (striking) strategy


HTC has officially presented the Desire 21 Pro 5G. The midrange smartphone is HTC’s latest attempt to regain market share, but it doesn’t offer good value for money on paper. It is not clear whether the device will be released in the Netherlands.

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HTC Desire 21 Pro 5G presented

The HTC Desire 21 Pro 5G leaked earlier this week and has now been officially announced in Taiwan. There, the device costs 353 euros converted. Looking at the specifications of the smartphone, the suggested retail price is on the high side. Also striking is that HTC delivers the Desire 21 Pro 5G with Android 10, while Android 11 has been available since September. The manufacturer does not disclose any update policy to our knowledge.

The hardware of the smartphone is average to below average. The Desire 21 Pro 5G has a large 6.7-inch screen with 90Hz refresh rate for smoother images and uses a hole in the display for the 16-megapixel selfie camera. On the back are four cameras for normal photos, wide-angle images, macro images and measuring the depth between the camera and the object or person.

HTC Desire 21 Pro 5G

The Desire 21 Pro 5G runs on a Snapdragon 690 processor, which is also in the OnePlus Nord 10 5G. The HTC smartphone supports 5G and is powered by a large 5000 mAh battery. It charges with 18 Watts via the USB-C connection. The device has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage memory.

Dutch release still uncertain

It is not yet clear whether HTC will release the Desire 21 Pro in the Netherlands. HTC has not had a Dutch press contact for some time to be able to answer this question. The manufacturer sporadically launches smartphones here, often only months after they have been introduced in Asia.

The most recent model you can buy here is the Desire 20 Pro. This is available at one (web) shop at the time of writing. A separate Desire 20 Pro costs 279 euros.

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