HTC U19e vs Moto Z4: How they differ?

After remaining mum for more than eight months the Taiwanese smartphones manufacturer HTC is back with another couple of new mid-range phones including U19e and Desire 19+. Both the devices are bringing a number of special features to attract buyers. Being the U-lineup phone the U19e is packed with upper mid-range hardware and solid dual cameras setup. The Desire 19+ is the standard mid-range phone which lacks special features instead it is a solid mid-range package.

HTC U19e vs Moto Z4

Like always whenever a new smartphone is announced everyone is keen to know what kind of special features it is bringing on board and also how well it competes against its competitors. We already compared the U19e against Google’s Pixel 3a XL. Today we will put the U19e against another mid-range phone Moto Z4 which is considered as one of the best in its category. The Moto Z4 is quite special due to a number of aspects, it is likely to be the last Moto mid-range phone with Moto Mods support.

Apart from the stylish design, the Moto Z4 is packed with solid mid-range hardware. Both U19e and Z4 are certainly one of the most mid-range phones available right now. For sure the first thing in everyone’s mind is which smartphone is better in what aspects. We are hopeful our comparison will provide you a good glimpse of weakness and strength of both the phones, So you can easily decide which phone is the winner. Without any further delay, let’s start with the design.

Design

The design language of both phones is quite luring in different aspects. A couple of years ago glass and metal sandwich design were exclusive for the premium flagships only. Since last year we had seen many OEMs adopted glass and metal design for the mid-range phones. Fortunately, both the HTC U19e and Moto Z4 features an aluminum frame with glass on the rear and front-facing side.

HTC U19e courtesy HTC

It seems like HTC isn’t interested in following the trendy dewdrop or punch hole design that’s why the U19e has thick bezels design. The top bezel has dual selfie snappers and earpiece in the center. The bottom bezel is also quite prominent but it lacks any physical button. The glass rear is gently curved from the edges. On the top left corner, you will get dual snappers and LED flashlight. The fingerprint scanner is on the rear side in the center.

On the other hand, Motorola followed the latest trend of putting a giant display in a small body. The Z4 features the trendy dewdrop notch at the top of the display, still, the bottom bezel is quite prominent. The rear side has Motorola’s traditional round camera setup. The rear bottom side has pogo pins to attach Moto Mods. Unlike the U19e it features the under-glass optical fingerprint scanner. Thanks to Moto Mods you can enhance Z4 capabilities, however, it adds some bulk as well.

Moto Z4 courtesy Android Authority

Both the phones don’t have official IP-ratings, the Z4 features P2i coating which provides resistance against water splashes up to some extent. The U19e measurements are 156.5 x 75.9 x 8.0mm and weigh 180g. The Moto Z4 is slightly thinner and wider at 158 × 75 × 7.35 mm and weighs 165g only. As far as the color options are a concern the U19e is only available in translucent purple and green colors whereas the Moto Z4 is available in Flash Grey and Frost White colors.

Display

The good thing is OEMs are now bringing OLED displays for the upper mid-range phones as well. It is really good to see OLED display on the mid-range phones when even premium phones around $1000 have LCD displays. Fortunately, both U19e and Z4 feature OLED display panel.

Moto Z4 courtesy MobosData

The U19e sports a 6.0-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display pixels density is 402 PPI and the aspect ratio is 18:9. Last but not least the U19e display is HDR10 certified and specially optimized for YouTube content.

Thanks to dewdrop notch the Z4 packs ever larger 6.39-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19.5:9 and the pixels density is 403 pixels-per-inch. The contrast ratio, colors accuracy, brightness level, and deep blacks are fantastic on both the phones.

HTC U19e courtesy PhoneArena

Hardware

Both the phones are decent mid-range phones running on Octa-core Qualcomm’s chipset. The U19 is powered up by the Snapdragon 710 chipset. It’s an Octa-core chipset built on the 10nm process with dual cluster design. The regular tasks are taken care of by Kyro 360 Silver Hexa-cores with max clocking at 1.7Ghz. The intensive tasks are catered by the dual Kryo 360 Gold cores with max clocking 2.2Ghz. The Adreno 616 is on board as GPU.

In AnTuTu benchmark test the Snapdragon 710 achieves impressive 154,861 scores. The U19 is available in one configuration only with 6GB RAM and 128GB built-in storage. It supports memory expansion via MicroSD.

Under the hood, the Moto Z4 is running on the Snapdragon 675 SoC built on the 11nm process. Its one of the latest chipset from Qualcomm, it also has dual cluster design. The power-efficient Kryo 460 Hexa-cores clock at 1.7Ghz whereas the power cores are dual Kryo 460 with a clocking speed of 2.0Ghz. As GPU Adreno 612 is taking care of graphics. According to Qualcomm, this chipset is 50% more efficient than the Snapdragon 660.

Snapdragon 675 SoC AnTuTu

Just for the sake of reminder, the Kryo 460 cores are utilized on the latest flagship Snapdragon 855 SoC as well. That is why the Snapdragon 675 takes lead on AnTuTu with 174,402 scores. The Z4 brings 4GB RAM and 128GB storage on board. Its native storage is also further expandable.

Camera

Although both the phones fall in the mid-range segment, however, both have solid cameras setup. The U19e is certainly one of the few mid-range phones with a dual selfie and rear cameras on board. The primary rear snapper is a 12MP module with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is 20MP zoom lens with f/2.0 aperture. The zoom sensor provides an optical zoom up to 2x without affecting the image quality.

HTC U19 courtesy Android Police

Both the cameras are AI tuned to enhance the quality of shot capturing. HTC uses AI scene detection to optimize the cameras setting. For the Pro users, the U19e comes with dedicated manual mode to control all aspect of cameras manually. The rear cameras support up to 4K video recording.

The front-facing side is also adorned with dual selfie snappers, the primary snapper is 24MP with f/2.0 aperture. The secondary sensor on the front is 2MP. Apart from the traditional fingerprint scanner, it comes with facial recognition as the secondary biometric feature.

HTC U19e courtesy Android Authority

The Moto Z4 has single snapper on the front and rear side. The primary sensor on the rear is 48MP with f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilization. By default, the camera produces 12MP images using 4-in-1 pixels binning tech to reduce noise and improve the lighting condition of the shots. Other goodies include Auto Smile, Smart Composition and Night Vision mode.

Up front, the selfie snapper is 25MP with f/2.0 aperture. The larger aperture, dedicated night mode, and pixel binning will certainly help the Z4 to capture great shots even in low-light conditions.

Software

As OS both the phones are pre-installed with the latest Android Pie. Both have custom UI skin over the stock version of OS. The U19e comes with Sense UI skin with a number of bloatware apps. The Moto Z4 custom UI skin brings few extra features including Moto Actions and Moto Display and much more. Both the phones with be getting the next major OS update.

Battery

The battery life is one of the key concern of most of the buyers that’s why both the phones come with large battery cells. A 3,930mAh battery cell is on board to keep the U19e lights on. It supports Quick charge 4.0 and shipped with 27W charger straight out of the box.

On the other hand, the Moto Z4 comes with slightly smaller 3,600mAh battery cell. It supports Motorola’s own 15W TurboPower fast charging. Despite having glass rear both the phones lack support for wireless charging. The Moto Z4 battery capacity can be further expanded using 3,480mAh battery Moto Mod. However, you will have to pay $80 more and also it will make the Z4 bulkier.

Price

The U19e is currently up for sale in Taiwan at a price tag of TWD 14,900 which is roughly $474 at current currency exchange rate. HTC yet not confirmed the U19e availability in other regions or not. The Moto Z4 unlocked model released from June 6th. It works on all major carriers. It was on pre-orders at a price tag of $500 with free Moto 360 Camera mod. You can grab the carrier-bound variant from Verizon for as low as $400.

Conclusion

The U19e and Moto Z4 are strong contenders to be amongst the best mid-range phones in the market. Both have a number of special aspects to lure buyers. The U19e takes lead in the display, battery, and cameras department whereas the Moto Z4 has an edge in the design, software and hardware section.

Being the mid-range phones both the devices lack a number of special goodies to stand out amongst the crowd, however, the Z4 has an advantage of Moto Mods. You can choose a number of Moto Mods to enhance certain feature like camera, battery, sound, and even 5G connectivity.

Feel free to share your thoughts regarding the HTC U19e vs Moto Z4 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

Fahad Mushtaq


Fahad Mushtaq is an avid Android developer with over 5 years experience working on Google Cloud AI and Tensor flow in conjunction with BPM line of products.