HTC Desire 200

HTC this morning took the wraps off the diminutive Desire 200, sporting a look that mostly is a throwback to the pre-HTC One days but still has hints of its flagship line.

This is decidedly not a high-end device. The 3.5-inch display has a 480x320 resolution -- nearly unheard of these days but not unexpected for a phone this small. It's rocking a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor running at 1 GHz, and it's got a mere 4 gigabytes of internal storage and 512 megabytes of RAM. (The included SD card slot lets you bump that up, of course.)

There's no LTE on board, either, so you're looking at the usual GSM/HSPA bands for data connectivity. And the spec sheet only goes so far as to list HSPDA, so you'd see faster download speeds (well, up to 7.2 Mbps) and not upload.

Camera-wise, it's got a 5-megapixel shooter 'round back, sporting an f/2.8 aperture and a 34 mm lens. 

Also on board: Beats Audio, and what HTC is calling an "intelligent display" that goes so far as to remove ads from websites. (Not a feature we're inherently fans of around here.) 

So, the days of the small, low-end smartphone are not yet over.

Source: http://www.htc.com/www/smartphones/htc-desire-200/#overviewHTC

 

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HTC Desire 200 gets official with 3.5-inch display

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But apparently they don't know how to put half-decent hardware in them. :P I'm not hating on HTC here, I love my One and all, but it's just not okay to release even a budget phone with those specs in 2013... It'll just be annoying to use.

Wouldn't 512mb of RAM be quickly filled up and slow down the phone? Especially with apps these days that are quite large just ro run them?

This phone appears to be designed to make phone calls and maybe handle a couple of apps. It would be a step up for some of those folks still using flip phones, and perhaps a big hit in some of those emerging markets where folks can't afford top tier phones.

"3.5-inch display has a 480x320 resolution"

Does HTC think this is a joke?

Also, how come this al-cheapo phone has SD card slot
while HTC's top-of-the-line One does NOT?

I do love this feature:

"intelligent display" that goes so far as to remove ads from websites. (Not a feature we're inherently fans of around here.)

On the browsers on my PC, I haven't seen any kind of ads in years. (sorry to say,
this includes AndroidCentra, which appears completely ad-free on my PC...
even ShopAndroid ads are not visible)

I really wish HTC would make a physical phone this size, all touch screen with little bezel. No capacitive buttons. High end specs. Really wouldn't mind going back to a smaller size phone. I really liked the feel of the HTC hero on Sprint and still have that phone laying around. But I guess today size does matter lol.

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Me too! I want a decent small phone so so so bad. Specs with at least: dual core processor, 1GB RAM, 5mpx camera with flash, less than 110 mm tall. Pleaseeeeeee?

This is a cute little phone really...but I wonder how much they will charge for it and where they are targeting this little guy. Is this an asha competitor maybe?

This is a cute little phone really...but I wonder how much they will charge for it and where they are targeting this little guy. Is this an asha competitor maybe?

At some point it is going to be cheaper for providers to buy nothing but smartphones and dumb some of them down to sell to the few people who still resist having a data contract. This might be the start of that. I could see this as a voice-network-only device that has wifi for playing on the google store (with the few apps that will run on it) to get all the cheapskates who currently have flipphones to start the conversion process. The carriers can give the phone away for free, even on a low price contract, and still win in the long run.

This budget phone looks good. But I think it won't work in India because companies like Micromax and Lava are making good spec phones at really low price. Like dirt cheap.

I know this is hard to believe for Americans, but low end Android devices (like this one) are FAR outselling high end Androids in developing countries such as India, Pakistan, etc.
The Desire 200 will be a hit in those places, and the specs are actually pretty good for a low end device, I know people who's Android packs a 600 mHz processor.

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