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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.

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.