An “all new” One with dual cameras and several other exciting upgrades, three wearable devices, and possibly a Nexus 10 tablet too. They’re all part of HTC’s latest attempt at a comeback, but they’re not alone in this.
As per official statements from company executives, HTC will try to refocus on budget-friendly mid-range smartphones in 2014. Ergo, reorganize the messy Desire family. First step, a 5.5-inch phablet allegedly dubbed Desire 8 and known internally as A5.
Confusing stuff, I know, especially when you think of the All New One’s codename (M8), and display sizes covered by the original One and One max. But try to keep up, because this Desire 8 actually sounds interesting.
Design-wise, it’s basically a jumbo-sized One made of plastic, while in the hardware department, rumor has it you’ll find a quad-core 1.6 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor paired with 1.5 GB RAM. The spacious screen won’t go overboard on resolution, sticking to 720p (aka HD), whereas imaging is on par with many high-enders out and about, courtesy of 13 MP and 5 MP (not UltraPixel) cameras.
On the software side of things, Android 4.4 KitKat and Sense 6.0 allegedly run the show, and finally, just to keep things diverse, HTC plans to offer an assortment of paint jobs: black, white, red, yellow, purple. Price it at sub-$400, HTC, and we have a deal. Who’s with me?