HTC updates its Desire lineup of mid-ranged phones
HTC has outed four brand new Desire smartphones with screen sizes ranging from 4.5 to 5-inches. They might not be the company's highest-end offerings, but all the new devices are powered by quad core chips, offer LTE connectivity and expandable microSD card storage.
Of the four new devices, the Desire 626 is the biggest hitter, offering a 5-inch 1,280 x 720 display, 1.5 GB of memory and 8 GB internal storage, with 8 MP (rear) and 5 MP (front) cameras. It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, clocked at 1.1 GHz. That's a quad core chip, but certainly not one of the company's fastest.
While you might be used to Apple's iPhone naming convention, where adding an “S” indicates a newer model, HTC has taken the opposite approach here. The Desire 626s looks identical to the 626 in almost every way, but offers a lower resolution 2 MP front-facing camera.
Things get a little lower-end with the Desire 526, which packs a 4.7-inch qHD panel – not to be confused with "QHD," as this one has a mere 960 x 540 resolution. There's still a quad core chip running things, but this time it's a Qualcomm MSM8909 rather than a Snapdragon. There's an 8 MP shooter up front, and a 2 MP camera around the back.
Unlike the Desire 626 and 626s, which while plastic, offers similar stylings to the company's flagship One line, the design of the Desire 526 is reminiscent of older handsets like 2012's One X.
Looking for a smaller display? The Desire 520 might fit the bill, offering a 4.5-inch panel with a resolution of 854 x 480. Like the Desire 526 and 626s, the smaller handset carries a single gigabyte of RAM, 8 GB internal storage and, like all of the new smartphones, offers LTE connectivity and a microSD slot. In terms of optics, there's an 8 MP main camera on offer, as well as a 2 MP front-facing shooter.
HTC is yet to comment on when the four new Desire smartphones will hit shelves, and we're yet to find out how much they'll cost when they do. That said, given their low-end nature, we'd expect some pretty wallet-friend price points here. The company did mention that the handsets will be available on a wide variety of US carriers, both prepaid and postpaid.