Likely in response to Samsung’s recent mid-range phone unveilings, HTC has finally taken the wraps off the Desire Q. The Q has been making the rumor rounds for close to three weeks now, alongside the Desire P, which became official a few days ago.
As suspected, the Desire Q is a slightly redesigned Desire U doppelganger with the exact same internals as the mid-end device unveiled back in January. There is one other small difference between the two though – the Q is a single-SIM device, while the U has dual-SIM support.
Consequently, the Q is expected to be cheaper than the U, at NT $6,990 in Taiwan, or $233 (compared with the $270 price of the U). Aside from HTC’s homeland, where the brand new 4-incher should go up for sale in the next few weeks, we reckon the Q could be released in other Asian countries and maybe even Europe at some point.
There are three color options for the Desire Q – red, black and white. Unlike the U, this doesn’t sport a funky (read: ugly) striped pattern surrounding the rear-facing camera. Instead, there’s that Desire X-specific oval plate that you can either love or hate. We’re somewhere in between.
Looking beyond design, we can’t find any distinctive elements between the Desire U and Q. Which is unfortunate from at least one standpoint – the software. Both mid-rangers come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out the box. Oh, the horror!
Hardware-wise, things are not that bad, although you’ll find plenty of flaws if you’re going to be picky. There’s an undetailed 1 GHz processor under the hood, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD support, a 1,650 mAh battery, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and 3G connectivity.
The display boasts a mediocre 800 x 480 pixels resolution, the 5 MP camera on the back is decent (I guess) and there’s also Beats Audio technology to enhance the sound experience. Enough to call this one a phone with a good quality-price ratio? Perhaps, although the dated software still feels like a major deal-breaker.
Do you guys agree? Did HTC mess the Desire U up by not equipping it with Jelly Bean? Or does it still offer enough bang for the buck?