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Mid-range HTC Desire 400 quietly unveiled in parts of Europe

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Mid-range HTC Desire 400 quietly unveiled in parts of Europe
The HTC Desire 400 is a new Android smartphone that quietly appeared online this weekend. It is now listed on HTC's web sites for Russia and Ukraine – the countries where the handset is going to launch first, we assume. What we have on our hands is a mid-range smartphone with dual-SIM functionality. Its hardware specifications, however, are a bit of a riddle that we somehow have to solve. Why is that? Well, for some reason, the aforementioned web pages where the HTC Desire 400 is showcased are giving us conflicting information regarding the phone's specs.

According to HTC Ukraine, the HTC Desire 400 comes with a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and a 5MP "Ultrapixel" camera while HTC Russia has the smartphone listed with a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 chip and an 8MP camera. (For the record, we have our doubts about the Ultrapixel part.) We must also mention that HTC Sense 5 with Blinkfeed is present on the device, according to both web pages, even though the phone's images clearly indicate otherwise. 

Still, there are specs that both HTC Ukraine and HTC Russia agree on – the HTC Desire 400 should come with a 4.3-inch 800x480 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage expandable via microSD cards, and a 1800mAh battery. Interestingly, there appears to be Beats Audio support on the smartphone even though Beats recently purchased back HTC's stake in the company.

So what really happened here? Why is this mismatch of hardware specs between the two web pages? Well, there might be two different versions of the HTC Desire 400, but we doubt that's the case. We have a feeling that someone on HTC Russia accidentally posted the specs for the HTC Desire 500 where those for the Desire 400 were supposed to go. We'll get in touch with HTC and see if they can clarify things for us.

UPDATE: We've received a response from HTC. The correct specs for the Desire 400 are listed on HTC Ukraine's site: dual-core Snapdragon at 1GHz, 5MP camera, 4.3-inch 800x480 pixel display, and Android Jelly Bean with Sense 5 on top.


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posted on 23 Dec 2013, 02:36 2

1. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5404; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


The rear camera area looks like a touch panel.

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 02:55 2

2. tiara6918 (Posts: 1402; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I think this phone was supposed to be released much earlier and was delayed that's why the image of the screen of the phone has sense4 and beats audio

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 03:03

4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1377; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Yeah, seems dated. This is more like Q1 2013 phone.

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 02:57 1

3. bohdan4ik13 (Posts: 82; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


HTC Desire 400 with no front camera, simple 5 Mp sensor on the back and dualcore 1 GHz CPU. That's what U can buy in Ukrainian stores.

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 03:10 2

5. bananana (Posts: 34; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)


is it me, or all htc phones from low to mid and even high specs are really really expensive??

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 03:48

6. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


It's you. Obviously depends where u live.

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 05:17

9. bananana (Posts: 34; Member since: 27 Oct 2013)


really? because for the same price i could get a low range htc price for a mid range spec samsung. oh well~

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 06:04

11. ihavenoname (Posts: 1377; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Where I live Galaxy S4 is as expensive as HTC One mini.

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 04:17

7. taikucing (unregistered)


No wonder HTC sinks its boat. HTC never learns.

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 10:51 1

12. Lauticol (Posts: 195; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


I bought in the US the 64Gb HTC One at the price of the 16Gb Galaxy S4

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 04:18 2

8. taikucing (unregistered)


This is not a mid range device. For today's standard it's a low end device, should be priced less than $200

posted on 23 Dec 2013, 05:47

10. mishooo111 (Posts: 30; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


why on earth should you buy this when you can get moto g instead

posted on 24 Dec 2013, 13:22

13. amats69 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Thats why we have all personal preferences....

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 09:43

14. danialngot (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Feb 2014)


for me the overall design looks fine.

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