A few days ago, Samsung unveiled three mid-range Android smartphones Galaxy Win, Star and Pocket Neo. Yesterday, HTC also announced a new mid-range Android smartphone which, it seems, is an answer to Samsung’s move. The new HTC Desire Q has finally been revealed after weeks of rumors that were apparently overshadowed by the release of HTC First dubbed Facebook Phone. Desire Q also comes hot in heels after HTC Desire P was announced no more than a week ago.
The new HTC Desire Q is a slightly modified HTC Desire U and comes with almost all the features that the Desire U has. The only difference is that Desire Q is a dual-SIM phone whereas U is a single SIM. Because of this, Desire Q is most likely going to retail for a little less than the Desire U which currently sells for NT$ 7000 about $230 contract free in Taiwan.
Tis new phone also comes with the same color options as the Desire U. It will be initially available in White, Black and Red. However, the case design will not have the stripped patterns on the rear camera. Instead, it will have an oval plate that distinguishes it from the Desire U.
The specs of the HTC Desire Q are a little less impressive compared to the $99 HTC First or Facebook Phone that was announced yesterday. This phone boasts of a 1 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB onboard memory with a microSD card slot that supports up to 32 GB memory cards, a 5 MP rear camera, Beats Audio, 4 inch 480 x 800 LCD capacitive screen, a 1650 mAh battery and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich but with Jelly Bean updates to come soon.
HTC has not explicitly mentioned if the phone will find its way to the US market yet but with the competition for the first-time smartphone users in the US heating up, I wouldn’t be surprised if it comes sometime this year. HTC may however have designed this phone for use in the Asian market because of its lack of 4G LTE and the dual SIM support feature which is not common in the US.
Would you go for this phone if HTC brings it to the US market?