It’s surprising to hear about HTC Desire 610’s US release prior to the 816, which stole little bro’s thunder back at MWC. But at the end of the day, the least technically impressive member of the new mid-range Android duo is no pushover.
In a way, it’s like a One mini on steroids. Granted, it’s made out of plastic, the display is lower-res, at 960 x 540 pixels resolution, and you only get half the on-board storage (8 GB). But the screen real estate is far more generous, at 4.7 inches, the quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip is clearly superior, and the 2,040 mAh battery bigger. Also, the Desire 610 offers microSD memory expansion.
And the 8 MP rear-facing camera is probably of a higher-caliber than the 4 UltraPixel snapper on the One mini. Bottom line, if priced correctly, it could make some waves among smartphone users on fairly tight budgets.
Including among AT&T customers, as leak master @evleaks says the 4.7 incher is expected soon on America’s number two wireless service provider. Sadly, even this guy’s powers are limited on occasion, so timeline and pricing remain puzzles.
Judging by how much Ma Bell charges for the One mini, the Desire 610 can’t possibly cost more than $100 with 24-month contracts and $430 outright. Hey, if HTC’s mighty mid-end intentions are truly as bold as they claim, AT&T may price the handheld as low as $50 with pacts and $350 off-contract. How sweet would that be?