HTC has just let slip that they’re announcing three new HTC Desire smartphones suited for the low and mid range market, but don’t get too excited because, unless you live in Asia you won’t be getting your hands on them any time soon.
First up is the HTC Desire 700 smartphone, which is billed as a more affordable HTC One, it’s rocking the same front facing BoomSound speakers as its more expensive cousin, but it does sacrifice screen resolution with 5-inch qHD screen. Under the hood it’s powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor. All of that is backed up by 1GB of RAM.
Round the back of the HTC Desire 700 is an 8MP camera capable of shooting video in 1080p, it has 8GB of on board storage expandable via SD. The 700 is one of the two phones which come with dual-sim capabilities. The phone’s available for 13,000 NTD in Taiwan which equates to about $470.
Next on the list is the HTC Desire 501, which presumably takes its design ques from the One Mini, it comes packing a 4.3 inch WVGA (480×800) screen, a dual core 1.15GHZ processor and 1GB of RAM. The 501 comes with an 8MP back facing camera and a 2.1 MP front facing camera. Unfortunately the 501 doesn’t come with BoomSound.
Like the HTC Desire 700, the HTC Desire 501 comes with 8GB of on board storage which is expandable via SD card, it’s the only device in the new desire range which doesn’t come with a dual sim. If you’re currently living in Taiwan and have a spare NTD 9,900 ($330) get your hands on one.
Last, but certainly not least is the HTC Desire 601, now you might recognize this device already, that’s because it’s available already, but HTC have slapped it with a dual slim for the Asia release. The 601 is basically a 4.5 inch version of the 701 with the only difference aside from the size being that the 601 has had it’s camera downgraded to a 5MP shooter, but is still capable of shooting in 1080p.
All of these phones will be available in Asia in the near future, but unfortunately for the rest of us there’s no word on when a world wide release will occur.