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

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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. 

source: HTC via Pocket-lint

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posted on 10 Jan 2017, 09:47 2

1. Lenny86 (Posts: 263; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

Welcome in the stone age...

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 09:53 1

2. civicsr2cool (Posts: 118; Member since: 19 Oct 2016)

Would have been better with capacitive buttons..

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 10:18 2

3. MisterQ (Posts: 56; Member since: 13 Feb 2015)

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

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 12:19

6. Subie (Posts: 1337; Member since: 01 Aug 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...

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 12:45

7. Guaire (Posts: 740; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)

HTC Taiwan official page says it has a quad core Snapdragon.

"Qualcomm® Snapdragon™,四核心 "


Gfxbench database device info shows Snapdragon 400.


posted on 10 Jan 2017, 10:46

4. Hyperreal (Posts: 322; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)

HTC wake the f*** up.

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 10:57

5. libra89 (Posts: 950; Member since: 15 Apr 2016)

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

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 12:51

8. Guaire (Posts: 740; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)

No wonder they are losing money.

posted on 10 Jan 2017, 16:42

9. KingSam (Posts: 546; Member since: 13 Mar 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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