HTC announces Desire 700, a plastic One lookalike with mid-range specs

November 27, 2013
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    Today in Taiwan, HTC announced the Desire 700, a mid-range device that borrows design elements from the popular HTC One.

    The Desire 700 features a 5-inch LCD display of 960 x 540 pixels resolution, which translates into a mediocre 220 ppi density. On the front, the 149 grams device resembles the high-end One, featuring the signature dual speakers on the top and bottom, and a similar capacitive button setup. The speaker grills have rounded corners and are a bit narrower than the One’s. A black plastic frame goes around the sides of the device, just like on the HTC One Mini.

    On the back, the Desire 700 features a glossy plastic removable back plate with the two horizontal stripes that HTC’s design team favored throughout 2013. When removed, the rounded back cover exposes two SIM-card slots (GSM and WCDMA/GSM) and a microSD card. The 2,100 mAh battery is removable.

    The specs of the Desire 700 are decidedly mid-range, with a Snapdragon 200 processor (quad-core Cortex-A7 @ 1.2Ghz), 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. You get an 8MP camera on the back, and a 2.1 MP on the front.

    On the software side, you get Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with HTC’s Sense 5 on top.

    Sascha Pallenberg of Mobile Geeks got a quick look at the Desire 700, check it out:

    The Desire 700 will be initially available in Taiwan, but it may make it to the other markets as well. In its homeland, the device goes for NT $13,900, the equivalent of roughly $470, but we can expect it at a lower price if it ever makes it to the West.

    With that said, the Moto G really raised the bar for budget devices, and HTC will have to price the Desire 700 very aggressively to make it competitive.

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    Comments

    • Shark Bait

      why would you choose that over the moto G. You need to up your game HTC!

      • Dimitar Gospodinov

        yeah with this price I don’t think anybody will prefer this over the Moto G…

        • Amine Elouakil

          It isn’t going that price in the US or EU, The One cost that much for that matter right now

      • MasterMuffin

        only reason I can think of is screen size and an sd card slot

      • Luka Mlinar

        I don’t think anyone can match the G at the moment.

    • Mike Bastable

      Weak..HTC is going down…shame

    • austincarr

      Asian companies and Asians in particular are so dumb. This is exhibit A right here

      • MasterMuffin

        if you’re in androidauthority.com you probably have an Android phone, so tell me, who made your phone? Samsung, LG, Sony, ZTE, Huawei, Lenovo or someone else? 99% chance it was an Asian company.

        Also I bet you’re ‘murican, since there seems to be a lot of hate there towards Asia. If none of the above is true, I’m truly surprised!

        Also just to make it clear: you’re dumb. That one’s definitely true

    • nebsif

      “World’s longest 5 inch shitty resolution phone for more $ than a nexus not to mention moto G”

      One max n now this wtf r they thinking, but hey now that theyre dying we finally get removable back covers! Too bad its too late…

      • nebsif

        Watched vid, looooool power button on top haha just die already chinese copycats have more brains than htc.

      • Amine Elouakil

        Galaxy Mega?

    • nrn

      The Moto G outdoes this phone in almost all aspects. Most importantly, it’s half the price, essentially a Google phone. No thank you, HTC.

    • artiplier

      Not again, HTC?!? I thought the idea was to focus on fewer devices, with better marketing and value. I rode it out with the original HTC Desire until 3 weeks ago, waiting for months for the HTC Max, only to be let down, both in specs and non-availability. I’m enjoying my Note 3 with Nova launcher now, but still prefer Sense, and would love to get an HTC device again one day. HTC needs to hang in there, so I really hope they can streamline next years’ devices into something amazing.

      • Amine Elouakil

        I don’t understand your point here? You own a Samsung device the brand that release a new phone every week and complaining about HTC? also I’m pretty sure the HTC One has most of the brand attention, their software updates are top notch, also they keep releasing new colors and what’s not to keep relevant

        • artiplier

          I want to see HTC become as successful as they used to be. Releasing a ton of different models has not helped them in the past, and doing so after stating they would streamline their products just doesn’t make sense to me. I don’t defend Samsung’s method either, and I could complain about them as well, but HTC is in rougher financial shape then Samsung, so they need to be more careful with what they do. HTC started focusing with the One, which I thought was great. But looking at the current offerings they have with the HTC One, One mini, One max, Butterfly S, Desire 200, 300, 500, 601, and now Desire 700, it just seems like they could concentrate more resources on fewer devices. I realize that different models go to different markets as well, but it still seems like too many devices. Maybe I’m just annoyed Canadian carriers got the HTC Desire 500, but not the HTC One Max….even without the snapdragon 800, I would have picked one up.

          • Amine Elouakil

            Actually it’s the opposite, they need to release low end phones, you can’t focuse your strategy around one device especially in such a competitif environement, and hit new markets. HTC Can’t be Apple for the simple reason that it uses Android at it main OS, and thus whenever they release a Product they are bound to be compared directly to their main Android competitor : The One is one heck of a piece of hardware, if HTC wanted to make profit on it and has some marging they would had sold it at around the iPhone price, which means you’ll be seeing the One 32Gb @ 750€ or something like that, now imagine the S4 @ 600sh€ the Xperia Z the LG G2 all of them going for 600€ it woudn’t make sense at all.

            The correct path is this, release one high end device which would be your technological and know how display case let be alone for a while, then release complementary products that would please to other customers that finds the device doesn’t suites their specific needs (size is a major one) Mini Max and close the high end range, as for the low end they should cover ANY potentiel markets that where Samsung makes tons of money not from selling Note 3s for sure

            As you mentioned not all phones hits all regions, and I’m pretty sure in Canada you don’t even have half of those each region has it specification and also carriers has something to say about because they are the big OEM customers, If they do the same and release some low end for Indian/Chinese/East EU and Africa they should be fine As long as their Flagship make a name for the brand (this is really important)

            On a side note…you guys in Canada needs to make your carriers hear your voice, WTF is 3 years of contracts and plan price total ripoff if you ask me, Seeing what we have here in France it’s even sad to watch, You guys should claim your rights, it was the same shit here, but carriers got slapped pretty hard several times

    • HTClolz

      ROFLMAO @ this attempt

    • NeedName

      The fact that someone at HTC thought this was a good idea, ran it up the proverbial flagpole, and it got saluted by management shows just how far off HTC is as a whole company — they are clearly lacking any vision whatsoever.

    • sibu

      Android 4.1.2? Really HTC?!
      I know it won’t matter too much for a midrange device, but if they had built it with Android 4.4, it would probably have better performance and battery life.

      • Amine Elouakil

        Knowing how Qualcomm do things with their low end SoC, i’m pretty sure that the SoC doesn’t have updated driver, it’s not like it matter of HTC to save money and put the already developed 4.4 or 4.3 + Sense 5 or Sense 5.5 they just had to tweak a bit as they did with that version anyway

        • sibu

          As far as I can see, you can’t blame the manufacturer of the devices which won’t get an Android update. It’s Qualcomn’s fault for not developing drivers for newer Android versions. So we should petition Qualcomn and urge them to develop new drivers. Does such a petition already exist? Would you, dear Android Authority readers, sign such a petition? Vote this post up to let me see.

          • Amine Elouakil

            I think it does (because older HTC devices suffered from this same issue, I think the One S (the Snapdragon S3 version) and also the Sensation and what’s not, and this is not only Qualcomm issue as proven with the galaxy nexus which uses Ti (but understandable as they stoped doing mobile SoC)

    • yama

      Disgusting design there, and by producing desire s, g,l,m,n,o,p,q,r,s…..with same ugly design will make it even uglier.

      Happy note 3 owner. ..

      • Amine Elouakil

        lol Note 3 owner talking about design. but I guess that’s a subjectif question and to each it own, even if the vast majority disagrees with u…

      • nameofthewind

        even note3′s design is not good, all they did was to eliminate the polycarbonate/plastic feel

    • Sal

      Here it goes… HTC continues to confuse consumers with their names of the lineups. HTC Desire 700. Why I ask them.

      • Amine Elouakil

        There is nothing to it, Desire are mid range phones, they use different numbers to:
        1- Show the class of the device obviously the lower the number the lower tier the device is

        2-Not all the Desire devices are for all regions, I think they have/will have no more than 3 Desires per region

    • J_Pod

      According to all those Removable-Battery SD-card slot people, this thing should sell like hotcakes! Right?! /s

      • Amine Elouakil

        lol bingo, but as usual they’ll just flame something else.

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