The HTC Desire P and Desire Q were leaked together in March. Since then, we’ve seen the Desire P go official in HTC’s native Taiwan a few days ago. And now it’s the Desire Q’s turn.
The HTC Desire Q is pretty much identical in terms of specs to the Desire U that was unveiled back in January. The only differences seem to be in the looks department, as well as the company they’re each meant for. While the Desire U’s been offered by Chunghwa Telecom, the Desire Q is tailor-made for FarEasTone, another carrier in Taiwan.
However, both carriers use the same HSPA standard, so why there was a need for two different models, with completely different names, is beyond us. HTC is using up the letters of the alphabet for its Desire series faster than Sony, but whereas Sony uses Xperia + letter for all its devices, HTC’s Desire handsets are all low-end.
On one hand, in the ‘developed world’ HTC keeps claiming it wants to simplify its portfolio, and not flood the market with products like its competitors (because it simply can’t afford to, not because that strategy doesn’t work – see Samsung right now, and Nokia before it). On the other hand, the company is doing the exact thing it says it doesn’t want to do. Granted though, it’s doing all these almost identical models in ‘developing markets’ only. So does that make it OK to say one thing and do another?
The HTC Desire Q, like the Desire U, comes with a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 1 GHz single-core processor, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, no front camera, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Beats Audio, and a 1,650 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
And like the Desire U, the Desire Q is almost identical to the Desire X from last August, save the fact that the Desire X has a dual-core processor and 256 MB more RAM. Flooding the market with similar devices is one thing, flooding it with identical devices – that’s something new entirely. So kudos to HTC.
The Desire Q is now available in Taiwan in red and black for NT$ 6,990, which is $234 or €182, so at least it’s cheaper than the Desire U. There will be a white version too, but that will arrive in the future.