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HTC Desire 650 worldwide release announced just two days ahead of major event

HTC Desire 650 worldwide release announced just two days ahead of major event
A month after its December release exclusive to Taiwan, HTC has announced today that one of its mid-range devices, the Desire 650, will be released worldwide in February. A stateside release is unlikely, though – the phone will almost surely follow in the footsteps of its predecessor, the Desire 630, and only launch in European and other international markets.

From a specs standpoint, the device looks like a pretty standard low-to-mid range offering: the Snapdragon 400 processor combined with the 2 GB RAM will offer moderately good performance for casual users, while the 16 GB onboard storage is limited but thankfully expandable via SD card. The front and back cameras are 5 and 13 MP respectively, and the screen is a 5-inch TFT LCD with a modest 720p resolution. As is customary for the company nowadays, the front of the device also has stereo speakers above and below the screen. Possibly the only unique feature of the 650 is its back panel, which is vertically divided in two halves, the bottom of which sports an engraved pattern designed to provide a better grip.

On the software side, the phone comes with a version of HTC's BoomSound technology, which in this particular case is just a special sound profile for headphone use. The bundled camera app features most standard options, such as HDR and panoramic shooting, but also offers a custom selfie mode when using the front camera. Other features include a built-in Night Mode for use in low-light environments, and HTC's theming engine for people seeking more customization options.

What's surprising about this announcement is that it comes just two days ahead of HTC's big January 12 event, in which we expect to see the reveal of a number of new devices, including the rumored HTC U Ultra, U Play, and X10. The Desire 650's price remains a mystery for now, but an educated guess would be in the ballpark of €200 ($210), similarly to last year's Desire 630. 

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9 Comments

1. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Welcome in the stone age...

2. civicsr2cool

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

Would have been better with capacitive buttons..

3. MisterQ

Posts: 61; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

This seems worse than LG and Samsung low end offerings SD400.... really?

6. Subie

Posts: 2370; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

PA is quoting Pocket-lint. Other agencies are reporting that there is no info from HTC yet as to what chipset is actually inside. Even HTC's website does not specify. All we know is that it will be a quad core unit. It could be that it will be a 4xx series. Either Pocket-lint is assuming it to be the SD400 or they have an inside scoop that no one else has...

7. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

4. Hyperreal

Posts: 361; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

HTC wake the f*** up.

5. libra89

Posts: 2282; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The design of this is awesome. The specs are just ok though.

8. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

No wonder they are losing money.

9. KingSam

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

$210 with the moto gr for $200, honor 5x for $160, honor 6x for $250 and zte v8 pro for $230? You have got to be kidding. The sad thing is a normal unsuspecting person will probably buy it based on looks.

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