What’s next for HTC? Well, apparently we’re in for a refresh of their Desire product line – with the Taiwan-based device manufacturer opting to spread its new phones across US mobile carriers. The new phones coming out will be the HTC Desire 520, 526, 626, and the Desire 626S – all with undeniable midrange quality, plus some surprising features here and there.
First up is the HTC Desire 520, which will be made available through prepaid channels. This will be at the lower end of the midrange spectrum, a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854×480) display powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 and supported by 1GB RAM. The new-ish chipset will mean that this phone will get 4G LTE connectivity with its HTC Sense-skinned Android 5.1 Lollipop UI. It has 8GB internal storage (expandable via microSD) and an 8MP/2MP camera combo.
The HTC Desire 526 will be a Verizon exclusive, available in premium stealth black. The phone will have a better 4.5-inch display, at qHD (960×540) but will sport the same Snapdragon 210 chipset with 1.5GB of RAM. It’s basically the same as the lower model, complete to the 2,000mAh battery, but with the display and RAM upgrade.
The HTC Desire 626 will be available in pearl white and almond through Verizon, and pearl white and navy blue through AT&T. This phone will have a slightly bigger 5-inch display but now at HD (720p) resolution, and will be powered by the same Snapdragon 210 chipset and 1.5GB of RAM. This model adds NFC-capability and a better selfie camera at 5MP (same 8MP main camera).
The HTC Desire 626S will be the models available with the other carriers – MetroPCS and T-mobile (in taupe purple & tangerine), some other colors with MetroPCS (terra white & almond), Cricket (navy blue & vivid blue), Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and Tracfone (pearl white & terra white). The specs will mostly be the same, although with a curious decrease on the RAM (only 1GB).
All these HTC Desire models will be aggressively priced at less than USD$200, with some of these surprisingly well below that limit. What HTC is giving the US market is LTE connectivity, relatively solid specs, all available without spending anything above USD$200. You would have to say that these are very notable deals indeed.