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HTC updates its Desire lineup of mid-ranged phones

HTC updates its Desire lineup ...
HTC's new Desire smartphones (the 626 is pictured) might be budget devices, but they all offer LTE connectivity, as well as expandable storage
HTC's new Desire smartphones (the 626 is pictured) might be budget devices, but they all offer LTE connectivity, as well as expandable storage
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HTC's new Desire smartphones (the 626 is pictured) might be budget devices, but they all offer LTE connectivity, as well as expandable storage
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HTC's new Desire smartphones (the 626 is pictured) might be budget devices, but they all offer LTE connectivity, as well as expandable storage
The HTC Desire 526
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The HTC Desire 526
HTC's new Desire 626 smartphone
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HTC's new Desire 626 smartphone

HTC has outed four brand new Desire smartphones with screen sizes ranging from 4.5 to 5-inches. Theymight not be the company's highest-end offerings, but all the newdevices are powered by quad core chips, offer LTEconnectivity and expandable microSD card storage.

Of the four new devices, the Desire 626is the biggest hitter, offering a 5-inch 1,280 x 720 display, 1.5 GBof 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 ofthe company's fastest.

While you might be used to Apple'siPhone naming convention, where adding an “S” indicates a newermodel, 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.

The HTC Desire 526
The HTC Desire 526

Things get a little lower-end with theDesire 526, which packs a 4.7-inch qHD panel – not to be confused with "QHD," as this one has a mere 960x 540 resolution. There's still a quad core chip running things, but this timeit's a Qualcomm MSM8909 rather than a Snapdragon. There's an 8 MPshooter up front, and a 2 MP camera around the back.

Unlike the Desire 626 and 626s, whichwhile plastic, offers similar stylings to the company's flagship Oneline, the design of the Desire 526 is reminiscent of older handsetslike 2012's One X.

Looking for a smaller display? TheDesire 520 might fit the bill, offering a 4.5-inch panel with aresolution of 854 x 480. Like the Desire 526 and 626s, the smallerhandset carries a single gigabyte of RAM, 8 GB internal storage and,like all of the new smartphones, offers LTE connectivity and amicroSD slot. In terms of optics, there's an 8 MP main camera onoffer, as well as a 2 MP front-facing shooter.

HTC is yet to comment on when the fournew Desire smartphones will hit shelves, and we're yet to find outhow much they'll cost when they do. That said, given their low-endnature, 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.

Source: HTC

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