Gone are the glorious old days of HTC releasing Android smartphones with unique industrial design. The company has shifted its focus to VR industry years ago leaving behind the phone business. Last year, we only go to see a handful of devices and one of them was not even developed by the company. That said, the brand may soon release a new handset called Desire 20 Pro whose design sketch has been leaked recently.
The HTC Desire 20 Pro design sketch leak comes from Evan Blass who is popularly known by his alias @evleaks on Twitter. He posted this leak on his Patreon as he no longer posts leaks on the social media platform.
The design sketch of HTC Desire 20 Pro reveals the phone to feature a display with a punch hole at the top left corner. The sketch also showcases the handset with zero bezels, which we think is just for illustration as the final product will most likely have noticeable bezels all around.
The right side of the device will come with a textured power key and volume rockers above it. Whereas, the phone’s rear will house a quad-camera setup paired with an LED flash and a circular traditional capacitive fingerprint sensor at the top centre. The back of the device will also feature HTC branding at the dead centre.
Mr Blass also confirms the codename of the handset to be Bayamo but unfortunately, he did not say anything about the specs. However, according to a recent Geekbench listing, the device is somewhat confirmed to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, 6GB RAM, and Android 10.
Based on the alleged specs and design leak, the HTC Desire 20 Pro will be a phone with a modern design but with specs from 2018.
Described by a typically reliable source of inside information on the Taiwanese company as “kind of a mix OnePlus 8 on the front and Mi 10 on the back” just a few days ago, the unreleased phone is today depicted for the very first time by one of the most dependable leakers in the world.
Obviously, a sketch can’t paint the whole picture and do an intricate handset design justice, but at least at first glance, the purported HTC Desire 20 Pro does resemble the beautiful OnePlus 8 from the front and the… okay-looking Xiaomi Mi 10 from behind. This is a “modern” device we’re dealing with here, adopting a trendy hole punch instead of a notch or outdated screen bezels, as well as a multi-camera rear-facing setup consisting of four imaging sensors.
As you can notice, the fourth circle on the back of the Desire 20 Pro is noticeably smaller than the other three, which probably means we’re looking at a depth sensor here in addition to a primary, ultra-wide, and a telephoto or macro lens. Naturally, we’ll have to wait for confirmation on the camera specifications front, but just in case the Desire name didn’t make it clear enough, a recent benchmark etched the phone’s decidedly mid-range status in stone.
Codenamed Bayamo, this premium-looking device seemingly packs a Snapdragon 660 processor and 6 gigs of memory, which means the price point will make or break HTC’s next attempt at mounting a comeback in an extremely competitive mobile industry currently dominated by COVID-19 uncertainty.
That sounds like an impossible task for a phone carrying such a forgettable and boring name, but hey, at least the HTC Desire 20 Pro still has a headphone jack going for it. And a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, which remains a wiser choice than an in-display sensor, especially in the mid-range segment.
HTC Desire 20 Pro also features a design that simulates the design of the OnePlus 8’s front, so the upcoming HTC phone combines the main features of competing phones from the phone’s giants, and the HTC version also includes a 3.5mm input for headphones.
Also, the Desire 20 Pro phone was detected in previous leaks of GeekBench with specifications that confirm that this version of the middle class, which includes a chip processor Snapdragon 665, also comes with a random memory 6 GB RAM, with Android 10 operating system, HTC is expected to provide HTC phone Desire 20 also later.
The HTC Desire lineup has always been about midrange phones and lower-end ones, and judging by the looks of it, the HTC Desire 20 Pro will be no different. It does integrate some newer smartphone design features: the phone will sport a hole-punch display, with the front-facing camera cornered to the left side of the display. The back also features a corner-aligned camera setup with what looks like a quad rear camera setup. We do have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, though, which has also lately become a characterizing feature in lower-end devices: most higher-end ones now go with in-display ones.