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.