HTC is Launching 4 New Budget-Friendly 'Desire' Smartphones in US


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It looks like that HTC thinks they can make up some of their lost M9 flagship revenue by spamming the US with low-end Desire branded smartphones. They just announced four new Desire smartphones for American shores.

The devices are the Desire 520, 526, 626 and 626S, and some of them are basically the same device, but are simply bound for different carriers. Here's a quote with the details on this mediocre devices:

All of these Desires, for instance, are built on the foundation of Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon 210 CPU. All of them have 8-megapixel rear cameras. All of them take microSD and microSDXC cards up to 2TB in size.

The rest of the particulars vary depending on the whims of the carrier selling these things. Consider the Desire 520 for a moment. This Cricket exclusive comes with a pocket-friendly 4.5-inch screen running at a paltry 854x480 resolution, all wrapped in a palm-pleasing soft touch finish. The Desire 526, on the other hand, is the odd one out when it comes to looks; Verizon seemed to prefer a rounder aesthetic with curved bezels that run around the 4.7-inch qHD screen. It's also got 1.5GB of RAM in there, giving it just a little more oomph than its other 520-series cousin.

Then you've got the Desire 626 and 626S sitting at the top of this class. Both are kitted out with 5-inch, 720p screens but the differences are there if you know where to look. The most glaring variances? The prepaid-only 626S has 8GB of storage and a 2MP front-facing camera compared to the 16GB/5MP camera setup on the 626 that's hitting AT&T and T-Mobile. (Just to make things a little more confusing, there's already a version of the 626 floating around Asia with a divergent design and a completely different chip inside.)

I guess HTC has to try and make up for failing sales somehow...

Source: Engadget