Is HTC trying to go after Apple's iPhone 5C with this alleged octa-core Desire?

Is HTC trying to go after Apple's iPhone 5C with this alleged octa-core Desire?
The unannounced mid-range HTC Desire smartphone that we first saw a few days ago may not be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor (as initially rumored), but by an octa-core chip manufactured by MediaTek. What’s more, it appears that the handset has several cheerful color versions, including blue, yellow, red and orange. Paired with the phone’s thin, plastic construction, these colors make us think about Apple’s iPhone 5C.

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).


source: ePrice (translated)

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36 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

HTC is making too many Desire series.

27. NateAdam8

Posts: 420; Member since: Feb 17, 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: 539; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

And the problem is Samsung has just one line... GALAXY But HTC has 2...Desire and One!!!

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

No.It's going after the Lumia series. The 5C isn't the only phone with bright colours.

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Nokia color usually wraps around the front part as eek. This imo is a 5c clone'wish.

5. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Lol Eek-well Clone'ish was other.

32. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Oh good, I thought u were having a stroke.

48. DAMONORIBELLO

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 18, 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: 549; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

One - iPhone 5/5s Desire - iPhone 5c **yawn**

60. great

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

yes its more like nokia l625

8. DONUT

Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

based off the photos, the plastic looks extremely cheap

14. hurrycanger

Posts: 1754; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

15. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

The blue 5C is damn ugly.

25. hurrycanger

Posts: 1754; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Yep. To me it's the worst 5C color.

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.

39. hurrycanger

Posts: 1754; Member since: Dec 01, 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: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

49. tedkord

Posts: 17077; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Simple, it was cheaper to produce.

50. g2a5b0e unregistered

You know exactly why the 5C existed. It was cheaper for Apple to make. Profit margins increased over the 5.

53. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Apparently. It was supposed to be the cheaper iPhone, but it was only cheaper for Apple. That's sad.

16. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

''UltraPixel nonsense''........lol

17. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

glossy plastic always looking cheap..

21. Mrmark

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 26, 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: 366; Member since: Jan 26, 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: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

23. miguelmeza14

Posts: 61; Member since: Apr 20, 2013

uhmm, where are the buttons?

26. Mr_Awesome

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 02, 2014

Here come the sheople

33. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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: 367; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

How pathetic is This? HTC has to copy Everything. HTC - Silently Stealing

42. rangaha

Posts: 86; Member since: Dec 05, 2013

we don't even know what the final product will look like

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