This is the second year in a row in which HTC promises to focus on fewer, but better devices, and really support them and all that – and then promptly fails to deliver. Last year, it was apparently all going to be about just three devices: the One X, One S, and One V. Only then the Taiwanese company flooded the market with many other One variations, and even some Desire-branded smartphones too.
This year, the message was once again clear – the One is the one. Oh, and there’s also the Butterfly, but that’s it. No, really. Yet in the meantime HTC launched a few new Desires, the One Mini, and the One Max is in the pipeline too. Furthermore, a few days ago we first heard about yet another HTC device in the works – the one codenamed Zara.
And up until today, the only details we had on it were that it was going to be made out of plastic, and that it will somehow merge the Butterfly line with the One line. Merge them it will, but maybe just in terms of looks, since the Zara won’t be a high-end handset it seems.
This revelation comes from some rumored specs which have surfaced today at LlabTooFer. The Zara is said to come with 4.5-inch 540×960 qHD touchscreen, a dual-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, an UltraPixel rear camera, a 1.6 MP front camera, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage space, microSD support, and it will run Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5 on top from day one.
So HTC is about to launch a yawn-inducing midranger. The specs wouldn’t be bad if this thing was priced aggresively, but HTC doesn’t do that. The Zara will supposedly be launched by Sprint in the USA, it will have a dual-SIM version for China, and may get released elsewhere in Asia as well as in Europe.
The main differences between the Zara and the One Mini (aside from looks, of course) are that the Zara has a screen that’s .2-inch bigger, while being lower-resolution, and it will sport half the storage of the One Mini. If these rumored specs turn out to be true, it’s really puzzling why this device was developed in parallel with the One Mini. But let’s wait and see what’s what. Since we’re still only talking about this phone’s codename at the moment, it would seem though that we’re pretty far off from an official announcement, so you’ll have to be patient.