HTC did say they are preparing to add more mid-range smartphones into the world in 2014, after a rather unsuccessful 2013, dropping the Taiwanese company revenue and missing profits once again.
The HTC Desire 8 looks to be the first new mid-range device for 2014, sporting a new white plastic unibody and thinner overall design. It is one of the best looking devices we have seen from HTC, though a little step down from the HTC One.
According to the report, the HTC Desire 8 will come with a 5.5-inch display, the resolution is unknown, although we suspect it will be a 1080p panel. This is the largest mid-range smartphone from HTC, topping the Desire 700.
The HTC Desire 8 image shows on-screen buttons, instead of HTC’s capacitive keys. We may see this move to on-screen buttons on all of HTC’s smartphones this year, to stay in sync with Android guidelines.
Front facing speakers have not been replaced, but the HTC Desire 8 cuts back on the amount of holes. The camera has also been placed on the top-right of the device, rather than in the middle.
It looks like the UltraPixel camera may come to an end this year, the HTC Desire 8 will run a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front facing camera, for better selfies.
The HTC Desire 8 will come in five colors at launch, white, red, yellow, orange and cyan. We can see some of these coming to one carrier in the US, surprisingly there is no black option.
We are not sure about the price point, HTC did say they want more phones in the $300 off contract market and this could be a prime candidate, although the 13MP rear camera leads us to believe it will be priced around $400/450.
Launch date could be as early as Mobile World Congress this month, but rumors have pegged the HTC Desire 8 to be announced on March 18th in Beijing, possibly alongside some other mid-range devices.
Source & Image Credit: Engadget