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HTC Desire 200 official: a 3.5-inch, entry-level smartphone

HTC may still be trying to turn things around with its flagship phone for 2013, the HTC One, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to neglect the classic Desire brand. The company has just announced the Desire 200, an entry-level smartphone that has just about the bare minimum specs necessary to get by on Android.

We’re not kidding either – this is as barebones as it gets. The Desire 200 features a 3.5-inch 480×320 display, a single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor clocked at 1Ghz, 512MB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera, and a small 1,230mAh battery. HTC says that the phone will come with 4GB of internal memory – likely a lot less once you take the OS and accompanying apps into account – but there’s a microSD card slot for further storage up to 32GB.

Radios for the Desire 200 include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and A-GPS. Don’t expect any LTE connectivity on this ultra budget handset either, as the best available is 3G up to 7.2Mbit/s. HTC hasn’t specified which version of Android will come with the Desire 200, but Sense is definitely along for the ride. The company may even be taking a stab at further software customizations, with a snippet from HTC’s official site saying that the phone removes “unwanted ads.”

Unfortunately, there’s no pricing or availability details for the Desire 200, but we expect it to carry an entry-level price with those specs.


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