Being in the rumour mill for a considerable amount of time, HTC has finally officially announced a new addition to its Android OS-powered Desire series; the Desire 200. This newly announced phone is supposed to be a entry-level budget smartphone as can be judged by it specifications. Though, this had already been confirmed by the different leaks we have been reading/seeing in the past few weeks.
Taking design cues from HTC’s current flagship, HTC One and other phones in the Desire lineup; the Desire 200 is a 3.5 inch phone with a 320 x 480 (HVGA) resolution. To power the phone, we have a single-core 1GHz CPU on an Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 chipset. The Desire 200 has 512 MB of RAM which is quite less for current times. The internal memory also is just 4GB but thankfully, it is expandable via the microSD card slot. The phone also features a 5MP, f/2.8 fixed focus back-camera with 34mm lens that supports VGA video recording, GPS, microUSB, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. It also features an accelerometer, proximity sensor and an ambient light sensor. It has a user-replaceable 1230mAh battery which HTC claims to provide up to 7.4 hours talktime for WCDMA and 10.9 hours for GSM. HTC also claims that the battery can give a standby time of up to up to 821 hours for WCDMA and up to 693 hours for GSM.
On the software side, the phone is said to be running “Android™ with HTC Sense™” with no mention of either the OS version or the HTC Sense UI version. However, we can guess that it may not feature any above ICS due to the hardware limitations. Also the official screenshots prove that it will not feature the Sense 4.0 UI.
HTC hasn’t made details of pricing and availability of the phone official as yet. However, we believe that the phone will be targeted towards developing economies with a low price.