About a month ago, HTC announced the Desire 300, a handset previously known by two different codenames, Zara Mini and Z3. It’s a lower-midrange offering that’s part of the ongoing flood coming from HTC, the manufacturer that always likes to claim that it’s going to focus on fewer devices, but never quite gets around to actually doing that.
Today the Desire 300 got a sibling in China, as the Taiwanese smartphone maker has made the Desire 301e official. This was caught getting certified by the relevant Chinese authorities back in August.
The Desire 301e comes with a 4.3-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, a 0.3 MP front camera, a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, an FM radio, and a 1,650 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.1 with HTC Sense 5 plastered on top.
The specs are basically identical to those of the Desire 300, but intriguingly the 301e runs Android 4.1, not Android 4.2. Why the choice of an older software version, or even why the 301e exists at all is a mystery unfortunately. Sure, it’s meant for the Chinese market, but why is it basically a Desire 300 with an older Android version? We’ll probably never know.
No details about pricing and availability have surfaced yet, but some rumors claim the Desire 301e could be as cheap as $200 when it launches.