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HTC Desire 8 phablet to be first of many more-affordable HTC devices

By Simon Thomas on 13th February 2014

HTC Desire 8

HTC Desire 8 is a 5-5 inch phablet with dual-SIM support

 

HTC have already stated their intent to launch a range of more affordable devices in order to bolster their sales and profits. Now it looks as though the first of the new breed of devices will be a mid-range phablet, called the HTC Desire 8.

 

Images and an initial spec for the HTC Desire 8 - not to be confused with the flagship HTC M8 - have leaked out of China. It's a dual-SIM phablet with a 5.5 inch display (resolution unknown) that will have a 13 mega-pixel rear-facing camera and a front-facing 5 mega-pixel snapper.

 

The image (posted above) reveals that it'll run on the Android platform overlayed with the HTC Sense user-interface. It's noticeable from the picture that it doesn't have any physical buttons on its front. But does look to have dual front-facing BoomSound speakers.

 

You can also clearly see icons for both 3G and Edge in the status bar highlighting it's dual-SIM functionality - so it could well be that it doesn't support 4G LTE. Especially given that HTC did something similar already with the HTC One dual-sim, which only support 3G and 2G.

 

The date listed on the screen is March 18th and the location as Beijing. That could well be a subtle hint as when to the smartphone will be unveiled, but we're still hopeful it'll make an appearance at MWC 2014.


It's quite possible that the HTC Desire 8 will launch exclusively in China, or that it'll only be available in developing countries. As soon as we get more news about the phablet you'll be the first to know.

 

Source (Chinese)

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