Is HTC trying to go after Apple's iPhone 5C with this alleged octa-core Desire?
According to ePrice, apart from possibly featuring an 8-core MediaTek CPU, the new Desire could come with a 5-inch 720p display, 1.5GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera with LED flash (no UltraPixel nonsense here), Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, and Sense 5.5 UI. The smartphone may be sold for no more than $330 in China. Unfortunately, nothing is confirmed at this point. However, if this Desire is real and HTC intends to launch it internationally, we might see it at MWC 2014 in Barcelona at the end of next month.
It’s not the first time we are hearing about a possible HTC-MediaTek collaboration. The Taiwanese company could certainly benefit from choosing MediaTek’s affordable chipsets - which are used by many companies that commercialize smartphones in China (and South East Asia in general).
New, colorful HTC Desire - leaked photos
source: ePrice (translated)
1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
HTC is making too many Desire series.
27. NateAdam8 (Posts: 225; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
I agree with you cause soon it'll be just like the Samsung Galaxy lineup with almost every smartphone having pretty much the same name. HTC Desire and Samsung Galaxy is all people will ever really hear from those two companies.
59. hmd74 (Posts: 390; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)
And the problem is Samsung has just one line... GALAXY
But HTC has 2...Desire and One!!!
2. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
No.It's going after the Lumia series. The 5C isn't the only phone with bright colours.
4. AfterShock (Posts: 2971; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Nokia color usually wraps around the front part as eek.
This imo is a 5c clone'wish.
32. Finalflash (Posts: 1903; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Oh good, I thought u were having a stroke.
48. DAMONORIBELLO (Posts: 95; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
HTC cloning an iPhone?! Have you had a good look at the HTC First? Pretty sure that phone came WAYYYYY before the 5C. Who's cloning who?
54. phljcnth (Posts: 295; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
One - iPhone 5/5s
Desire - iPhone 5c
3. Heatfan316 (Posts: 453; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
I guess Phonearena is at again, anyone who knows anything about tech knows that Nokia started the multicoloured options, Apple copied them! Pot stirring troll author needs to get his facts straight.
6. Florin.T (Posts: 128; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)
Actually, if we're talking about multiple colors, Mother Nature started the "trend", not Nokia. Sure, Nokia had multi-colored smartphones since quite a while back. But the design of this Desire is closer to what Apple made with the iPhone 5C. It’s pretty obvious, I’d say.
7. gustavoace (Posts: 110; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
And you saw that "iphonish" design by those pictures? Really?
Oh... I got it.. its the retangular round shape!
19. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 400; Member since: 24 May 2011)
More like Asha than 5C....but hey...who cares about asha right?
55. VLaRueC (Posts: 132; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
Seriously, why make a reference to 5c when it comes to color? You have the source material for a great article but you tainted it with random association to your favorite phone (or brand). I've been seeing smart phones for over 11 years, color isn't exclusive so try to think outside the box. Heck, even the HTC Touch with Windows mobile came with multiple color options.
9. nctx77 (Posts: 576; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
Umm...Apple started the color trend with the iMac and later the iPods. Try again!
10. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
Nope, toys started the color trend. Try again!
13. johnehms09 (Posts: 49; Member since: 17 Jan 2014)
I thinks crayons started the color trend.. try again..
18. aditya.g0110 (Posts: 41; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
our eyes started the trend, without eyes no colours could be seen
24. KillerKeyboard (Posts: 307; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)
It's Joseph the Dreamer who started the color trend. Try Again! =D
35. Heatfan316 (Posts: 453; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
No! Nokia started the multicolored options before iPods were even around! Sorry, you try again, isn't disappointing to an Apple fan like yourself to find out that Apple didn't start every trend that you disillusioned fans think they did, sorry can't stop laughing at you :D
40. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
What about the iMac? It was available in multiple colors in 1998. Even if Nokia had a multi-colored product before 1998, saying company A copied company B because they released a product in multiple colors is ridiculous. A single company can't hold originality claims over colors, that's just ridiculous.
41. rangaha (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)
both apple and android users are laughing at you. even dumbphone users are laughing at you lel
43. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1275; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
Apple is responsible for your precious N9/Lumia line. The iPod Nano was obvious "inspiration."
47. tedkord (Posts: 5264; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
So when colors come from computers to phones, that's not copying. But when things like grids of icons move from computers to phones, it's original work that no one else can use.
29. Mr_Awesome (Posts: 20; Member since: 02 Jan 2014)
I literally just laughed out loud at the pot stirring troll comment... well played good sir well played
31. rangaha (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)
"anyone who knows anything about tech knows that Nokia started the multicoloured options"
not sure if srs
57. Suo.Eno (Posts: 235; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)
Dumb headline. Purely coincidental and it was Nokia Lumia's line that sparked off the bright pastel colors. Why the hell would HTC try to go after what's Apple gonna kill off come this June anyways???
62. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 397; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
The point of comparing it the iPhone 5c(heap) is that it's a lower end but colorful handset. Nokia does basic colors for its low end phone likes the 520. The premium ones like 1020 get the bright colors.
8. DONUT (Posts: 307; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
based off the photos, the plastic looks extremely cheap
14. hurrycanger (Posts: 1289; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
not as cheap looking as the 5C, I have to say. Anyway, I may need to see it in real life to really be able to judge it. The 5C looks like a decent piece on the computer, but I saw it in store and I was shocked, lol.
30. Sauce (unregistered)
Ever held a 5c in your hand? Feels a lot better than holding some other phones. Doesn't feel cheap at all. Just your fandroid hatred kicking in. Would I ever buy a 5c? No. But give credit where it's due.
36. Heatfan316 (Posts: 453; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
And they even have the same exact color options as the lumia 520, which came out before the 5c, tell Apple to stop copying! They're the biggest hypocrites in the tech industry, just like their disillusioned fans. Plastic is plastic buddy, oh I forgot Apple makes special magical plastic, now your statement holds merit.. NOT!!!
37. Sauce (unregistered)
Butthurt I see..
39. hurrycanger (Posts: 1289; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)
Yep. It feels very solid especially if you try to knock on the back. I wasn't talking about the feel, but yea, Apple gets the credit there.
It feels like it can be a perfect face smasher. You know, it is solid but the look is already so bad you won't be afraid of ruining it. :)
46. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The 5C does feel nice (though I wish they put a matte finish on it, I'm not a fan of gloss), but it does look pretty terrible. I don't understand why the 5C even existed, it wasn't any cheaper than what the iPhone 5 would have been had they kept it in stock, and they could have just produced the 5 in different colors while still maintaining the premium look and feel.
50. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2717; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
You know exactly why the 5C existed. It was cheaper for Apple to make. Profit margins increased over the 5.
53. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Apparently. It was supposed to be the cheaper iPhone, but it was only cheaper for Apple. That's sad.
17. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
glossy plastic always looking cheap..
21. Mrmark (Posts: 163; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)
Remember that HTC is in a 10 year agreement with Apple patents which I am pretty sure includes design. The agreement assures HTC of not being sued as long as they pay Apple 6-8 bucks per phone. Which might be why you saw the beautiful HTC One and now this product . BTW I have an HTC ONE Max Sprint. This is just speculation.
22. Mrmark (Posts: 163; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)
And for one last comment Apple took from HTC innovative with the Ultra Pixel but made it 8 ultra pixel ... Now I am not sure but it seems to me that Apple is making sure HTC doesn't top Apple in terms of who releases better quality first . Okay take this comment as a way out in left field!
28. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The iPhone 5S does not have UltraPixels, they slightly increased the size of the sensor from the iPhone 5 but kept the same resolution, which does increase pixel size, but not to the size of the HTC One's. The HTC One has 2.0 micron pixels, the iPhone 5S has 1.5 micron pixels. The HTC One also has a larger aperture.
33. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
So I guess anyone that makes a coloured phone now will be considering "copying" apple even though multi coloured phones have been available for a while now.
34. Altair (Posts: 340; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
How pathetic is This? HTC has to copy Everything.
HTC - Silently Stealing
42. rangaha (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 05 Dec 2013)
we don't even know what the final product will look like
45. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
When your motto is "I prefer honest companies like Nokia, Microsoft and Apple. Companies like Samsung and Google whitout morale, and constantly acting evil, can't do so without comments. Currently using Nokia Lumia 920 and iPad.. you lose all credibility bro
38. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
even greater, no ultrapixel nonsense.
44. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I don't know why everybody is hating on HTC's Ultrapixels. Does nobody remember how bad HTC's standard 8MP cameras were back in 2012?
The One's Ultrapixel camera was a definite step up from the likes of the DNA and One X of 2012. Also, that article was made before the update to the One, which brought great camera improvements, see here;
If anything, we should be sad that HTC hasn't put their Ultrapixel camera on all their devices, because it's obviously superior to anything else they've come up with.
61. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 915; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Well as someone who owned the One X and now owns the One the One X captured a bit more detail than the One(I have owned an S3 last year while i still owned my One X and the One X is a better overall camera than the S3 due to being much faster (10fps) and better low light pics). That being said the One strikes back with better life like colours, much better night pics and if you use it right you can make some impressive photos even in daylight.
52. Diazene (Posts: 129; Member since: 01 May 2013)
looks great, but where are the side buttons?