TELUS has very quietly slipped another one of HTC's entry-level smartphones, the HTC Desire 320, onto its prepaid arsenal for $100 with free shipping and no activation fee – in dark grey only. It does not appear that it will be offered on contract at all – and rightly so, as it is clearly a prepaid 3G low-end device that HTC seems to be parading as a mid-range device with a list price of $220. While solidly made, it is a typical cookie-cutter device with rounded corners, is a full 11.25mm thick and weighs in at 140 grams. You can also pick up the HTC Desire 320 from Future Shop or Best Buy on Koodo for $99.99 as a prepaid as well. TELUS also offers the HTC Desire 510 LTE model for $0 on a 2-year term or $200 on a no-term.
The Dual-SIM HTC Desire 320 uses a 4.5-inch IPS LCD FWVGA display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, which works out to 218 pixels-per-inch (PPI). The display is its weak point with very bluish whites, grays – the colors are just a little off overall, and even though it is a LCD display, it is very difficult to see outside in the sunlight. The camera is a simple 5MP affair with fixed focus and no flash and the front-facing camera (FFC) is only a VGA for a passable selfie for social media.
The Desire 320 uses a MediaTek MT6582M quad-core Cortex-A7 processor clocked at 1.3GHz with a Mali-400MP2 GPU, with 512MB of RAM and only 4GB of internal storage. The device does have a microSD card slot to add an additional 32GB of internal storage. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC's popular Sense – or a customized version that does not contain all of its components. A 2100mAh battery powers the device and it should get you through a day or day and a half of 2G or 3G usage – no LTE here. It comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a microUSB 2.0 port for charging and data transfer.
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