HTC and Telstra are getting back together for an exclusive partnership that hasn’t happened since 2010. Coming to the Australian mobile company’s portfolio next week is HTC’s latest budget smartphone, the HTC Desire 300.

The HTC Desire 300 doesn’t really pack quite the punch, but it is one of those smartphones that has just the right combination of hardware and pricing that makes it ideal for some people, especially casual users. It has a manageable 4.3-inch 800×480 display, driven by a 1 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 and 512 MB of RAM. Internal storage is capped at 4 GB but there is a microSD card slot for expansion. It does have a 5 megapixel autofocus rear camera but only a VGA front-facing camera. The 1650 mAh battery should just be about the right capacity for average uses.

The smartphone does run a slightly older Android 4.1.2 version. Of course, it uses HTC’s custom Sense UI. This means that the HTC Desire 300 will at least include the popular BlinkFeed app, giving users access to news, sports scores, social media updates and more with an interesting presentation.

HTC and Telestra have already joined forces way back in 2010 for the launch of the first HTC Desire. The HTC Desire 300 will, again, be a Telestra exclusive and will hit stores starting October 29 with a price tag of $179.

VIA: Ausdroid