HTC set to continue 'Desire' line of entry-level handsets

HTC 'Desire 200' gets certified in Taiwan, 'Desire 600' spotted in benchmarks

HTC looks set to restore the "Desire" brand for upcoming entry-level phones, according to details spotted across the web. The first comes from Taiwan's NCC certification body, which recently saw new entries for a "Desire 200" handset alongside the model number "102e" -- a number previously tied to the rumored entry-level "G2" device. That phone was said to pack a 3.5-inch HVGA screen and 512MB of RAM.

Meanwhile, references to a "Desire 600" have cropped up in the GFXBench benchmarking utility. Apparently a dual-SIM phone, the Desire 600 in question appeared to be running Android 4.1.2 on a 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor with an qHD display.

The Desire line has gone from signifying the best of HTC's line-up to a budget range associated with mid-to-low-end hardware. Last year saw the launch of the Desire X and Desire C in these two categories. Since no official announcement has been made, we'd take this info with a pinch of salt. For its part, HTC seems mostly focused on the high end of the smartphone spectrum, with its HTC One handset.

Source: VR-Zone(Chinese), GFXBench, via: UnwiredView

Alex Dobie
Executive Editor

Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.

  • Can't believe all the articles on the internet right now signaling HTC's demise; it was reported months ago that the people leaving right now would be leaving, lol. Anyway, I wish them luck with both their low-to-mid-range Desire phones and their flagships. HTC makes beautiful devices. We need them in the market, and I know they'll still be around for a long time, even if they're not huge.
  • I would like to see HTC continue to release one device from the flagship One line and one or two from the mid-tier Desire line every year. Keep the number of devices low, the quality and availability high, and make updates and software development much more manageable.
  • I totally agree with you.
  • I remember when the Desire line was actually the top end phones. What happened, HTC? Why turn a solid brand into entry level crap?
  • Well, HTC was pretty clear about wanting to consolidate all of their high-end phones into the One line. I assume they just figured it was easier to retool the Desire brand into their entry-level devices rather than come up with a new brand that people aren't already familiar with.
  • @Alex Dobie Thanks for the info. That's very good step from HTC. Thanks in Advance
  • Let me guess.. HTC are stuck on 4.1.2... Get 4.2.2 out really..