HTC’s Desire-branded midrangers are mostly forgettable, as they generally don’t have better specs or better prices than their competitors. However, the Taiwanese company is working on a new series of Desire smartphones, and these at least have the looks to stand out.
So ladies and gentlemen, meet the first member of the Desire 8 family. This may get released as the Desire 800, since HTC uses three numbers after the Desire name for all its other models.
This handset will be the company’s first midrange phablet. At 5.5 inches, it will have the biggest screen of any HTC smartphone ever, save for the flagship One Max. Unfortunately though, the display resolution is still a mystery. Gorgeous as the Desire 8 may look, it could still be hindered by coming with, say, 540×960 resolution. The device will be offered in white, red, yellow, orange, and cyan, taking a cue from Nokia’s recent playbook. Furthermore, we assume it’s made out of plastic like most Lumias.
The only other specs we know of right now are the dual-SIM support and the cameras. There’s no UltraPixel tech at work here, instead we’ll see a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera with ‘beautifying features’ – which are all the rage in Asia these days.
That neatly lets us jump into the availability thing. We expect the Desire 800 to be out in (parts of) Asia first, and that’s futher solidified by the date and time shown on its screen: Beijing, March 18. So that’s where the phablet may be introduced officially. Which means it will probably land in China before going on to do its thing anywhere else. We’ll keep you posted.