Just when you thought HTC’s once mighty and restrictive Desire smartphone line couldn’t be more diluted and open to all, here come the 7088, 709d and 7060. All new Desire family members have been made official only in China so far, yet they’re all probably headed for India and a number of other Asian countries.
But were three fresh launches really needed? Absolutely and positively not. More so as the “spanking new” Desires highly resemble previous models both aesthetically and technically, plus they’re virtually identical in terms of specs.
And by “virtually identical”, I mean if you tear down these babies, I bet you won’t find a single distinction. Heck, they probably even have the same number of screws holding the components in place.
Though large and quite elegant, the Desire 7088, 709d and 7060 barely find a place under the mid-range smartphone sun, since their 5-inch screens sport 960 x 540 pixels resolutions and at the heart of the devices there are fairly modest quad-core Snapdragon 200 chips.
Meanwhile, the 1 gig of RAM all three boast and the 8 MP rear-facing cameras are actually quite solid features, as are the 2,100 mAh batteries. Finally, on the software side of things, there’s Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean across the board, with Sense 5 UI and BlinkFeed on top.
So they’re not so bad after all, only we should probably hold off on the verdicts until after hearing something on pricing. Fingers crossed!