Just days after HTC’s top executives promised a greater focus on mid-range devices, the Desire 8, a stylish new mid-ranger, has leaked for all to see.
Unearthed by Chinese website MyDrivers and confirmed by Engadget’s Richard Lai, the image above depicts the first member of the “New Desire 8” series, which HTC will presumably unveil soon, possibly at MWC in late February.
What we’re looking at here is a dual-SIM device with an expansive 5.5-inch display of unspecified resolution, the largest screen of any HTC smartphone except for the One Max. Details on other specifications are scarce, but we know that the rear shooter will be a 13MP module, while the 5MP camera on the front will feature a beautification mode that will likely be very popular with selfie lovers.
The render tells us that HTC will continue with the dual speakers trend it started with the One, though it’s not clear if the Desire 8 will be worthy of the BoomSound moniker. The Desire 8 seems slim for a phone of its size, and that hopefully means it will be reasonably light as well, unlike the One Max, which we found too heavy, even for its class.
The HTC Desire 8 will be all plastic and come in five colors: white, red, yellow, orange, and cyan. The choice of finishes is in line with the latest trend in mobile design, which favors bright colors – see the red Nexus 5, Nokia’s Lumias, and the iPhone 5C.
Eagle-eyed readers will notice the absence of both capacitive keys and onscreen buttons in the render. Given that HTC will move to onscreen buttons for the M8, we can safely assume that the Desire 8 will follow lead and that this render is simply inaccurate.
According to MyDrivers, the device could be introduced to the Chinese market on March, but MWC at the end of this month seems like the perfect occasion for a global debut. So far, we’re cautiously optimistic about this device, with its great design and good cameras. But we’ll have to wait for a full spec sheet and pricing information before we get really excited about the HTC Desire 8.