Back in January, HTC accidentally unveiled the Desire 310 on its European website. The snafu was quickly caught, and the official listing for this new handset taken down very soon after. More than a month has passed since then, and yet the Desire 310 still wasn’t announced by the Taiwanese company. Until today, that is.
The HTC Desire 310 got official in China earlier, but strangely with a slightly different design than what the European leak gave us. This might just be a case of adapting the design to the Chinese market, or something like that, or maybe HTC didn’t finalize the phone back when it got revealed by accident (though that’s less plausible given the amount of time that has passed since then).
The Desire 310 that is headed to China comes with a 4.5-inch 480×854 touchscreen, a 5 MP non-autofocus (!) rear camera, a VGA front camera, a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, dual-SIM functionality (with one SIM getting 21 Mbps HSPA, the other EDGE only), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 2,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
It’s unclear whether the Desire 310 will still make it to Europe, but even if it does you should not buy it. The processor isn’t named, but it’s probably a MediaTek part, which isn’t bad. Android 4.4 KitKat may be optimized for running on phones with just 512 MB of RAM, but this Desire will almost certainly never receive any software updates. Which means you’ll be on Jelly Bean with that amount of RAM, which is simply not a nice experience. And let’s not even get started on fixed focus rear cameras in this day and age.
All of the specs listed in China line up nicely with the specs that got inadvertently leaked by HTC’s European arm, so it looks like only the design has changed, and nothing else.