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HTC to Continue With Budget Handsets; Desire 200 Leaks out Prior to Launch

June 17, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

It seems like HTC isn’t done with peddling budget-minded smartphones, and as this latest leak, concerning the Desire 200, shows us it looks like HTC are pushing the DNA of the One down a little bit further. Design wise, this is certainly something aimed at those on a budget, or at least not too interested in smartphones as a whole, it looks a lot like a really small HTC One and the specs reflect as much as well. Here are the suspected specs of the device:

  • 3.5-inch 800 x 480 Display
  • 1 Ghz CPU
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of Storage, with microSD support
  • 1,400 mAh Battery
  • The device is shown running Android 4.0.3, but Android 4.1 is more likely come launch

So, it looks like HTC have found a way to make a low-end device for 2013 and the Desire brand is likely to see it. While the Desire branding isn’t too well-known in the States, in Europe it’s still going strong but, has since lost some ground to the Galaxy Ace line of mid-range devices from Samsung. There’s no word on pricing or availability just yet but, this is more than likely a device that HTC will want folks to buy outright, rather than signing up to a contract with – after all, there’s only so much you can charge for a device with specs like these.

It’s strange to think of HTC still competing in the low-end market, they clearly don’t have the scope of Samsung, and it might make more sense for them to focus on delivering quality mid-range devices rather than push the prices as low as they can. This budget end of the market has changed a lot since the Wildfire and Wildfire S devices HTC found a little success with, Nokia are pushing their Lumia branding down and Samsung will make a device for any price point and screen size.

Take a look at the video below, courtesy of Thế Giá»›i Di Äá»™ng and let us know if you think HTC should focus their efforts on the mid-range in the comments!