The HTC U23 series is now official, and there are two mid-range phones under this series – U23 & U23 Pro. The two phones are pretty similar in terms of the design and specifications. The only significant difference is in the primary camera.
The vanilla U23 comes in two colors – Blue & Purple. It has a textured finish around the camera module, which has a unique shape. The phone has a fingerprint sensor on the right side, doubling as a power button. The fingerprint sensor has the same color as the camera module, so that’s a nice touch.
The phone has a flat display on the front with a hole punch cutout in the center. There is quite a noticeable bottom chin.
HTC U23 has a 3.5mm headphone jack on top, and the phone is IP67 rated for protection against water and dust.
HTC U23 has a 6.7-inch display & is a 120Hz Full-HD+ OLED panel with Gorilla Glass Victus protection.
The chipset is the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1, launched in March last year. This is a 4nm-based SOC featuring an octa-core CPU clocked at up to 2.4GHz. There is a 4,600mAh battery, and alongside 30W fast wired charging, the phone also supports 15W wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.
As for the cameras, HTC U23 has a triple camera setup on the rear. The primary camera has a 64MP sensor, the ultrawide camera has an 8MP sensor, and the depth sensor has a 2MP sensor. For selfies, there is a 32MP camera. The phone does not have OIS. Finally, Android 13 runs out of the box.
HTC U23 PRO
The HTC U23 Pro looks almost identical to the U23 with one design change. The camera module on the rear seems different, and the phone does not have the same textured finish on the back. The camera module has four cameras, compared to three on the U23. The color options also differ for the U23 Pro – Brown and White.
Speaking of the similarities, the U23 Pro has a 3.5mm headphone jack, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, an IP67 rating, a flat 6.7-inch 120Hz FHD+ OLED display, a 4,600mAh battery, 30W wired charging, 15W wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, a Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chipset, an 8MP ultrawide camera, a 2MP depth sensor, a 32MP selfie camera and Android 13.
HTC U23 Pro gets a better 108MP sensor for the primary camera with OIS and a dedicated 5MP sensor for macro shots.
And well, that’s the only difference between the U23 & U23 Pro. Also, both phones support Viverse and are compatible with the VIVE XR Elite headset.
Finally, regarding pricing, HTC U23 Pro is priced at £499 in the UK(12GB + 256GB), and pre-orders have already started. In Taiwan, the U23 Pro comes in an 8GB + 256GB variant too, priced at TWD16,990 (around $550 / £445)
The vanilla U23 is not listed on HTC UK’s website. It is on the HTC Taiwan website but without any pricing details.