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HTC Desire 200 hands-on sneak peak

Specs for the upcoming HTC Desire 200 have been leaked online, revealing a budget 3.5 inch single-core smartphone equipped with Android Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC's Sense 4.0.
June 17, 2013
HTC Desire 200
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HTC is certainly piling on the new devices after the successful HTC One, and the Desire 200 looks to be the company’s next small budget smartphone to make its way into the product line-up.

Although the device hasn’t been officially announced by HTC yet, has managed to get its hands on the little 3.5 inch smartphone and has given us a sneak peak at the handset’s specs. But this new mini smartphone won’t be taking after the upcoming HTC Mini, which is more of a mid/high spec handset; instead the Desire 200 will most likely target emerging and budget markets, as you can see by the specs below:

  • 3.5 inch 320×480 (HVGA) LCD display
  • Single-core 1GHz processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of internal storage
  • 5 megapixel rear camera
  • microSD card and mini-SIM card expansion slots
  • 1,400mAh replaceable battery
  • Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Sense 4.0 user interface

It’s certainly a budget device in the hardware department and the software isn’t exactly up to date either, but at least this makes a change from the typical Gingerbread powered budget handsets that we’ve become accustomed to. Sadly the handset doesn’t appear to ship with Android Jelly Bean, which means no Project Butter improvements or Google Now. But software is still subject to change before the final launch, so hopefully the Desire 200 will receive a last minute upgrade.

There’s also a hands-on video if you’d like to take a closer look at the smartphone, but only the first 3 and a half minutes really show off anything useful.

It appears that the HTC Desire 200 will probably be targeted at various budget markets, and most likely the Asian market where the leak originated from, but there currently isn’t any information available regarding a release date or the handset’s price. We’ll know more once HTC comes along with the official unveiling.