HTC unveils new entry-level 4G smartphone, the Desire 620

ByKelvin Goodson
HTC Desire 620

HTC has unveiled a new 4G-ready smartphone with a large screen that’ll be priced as an ‘entry-level’ model. The HTC Desire 620 will replace the HTC Desire 610, which had some impressive features for a relatively low-priced phone.

The Desire 620 is more about evolution than revolution - not too surprising considering the 610 was only unveiled in February - so has the same 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor and eight megapixel (MP) rear-facing camera with LED flash as its predecessor,

However, the front-facing camera is much improved, jumping from a 1.3MP camera capable of recording 720p video to 5MP and 1080p - also known as full HD. The battery is also bigger - 2100mAH (that means milliampere-hour, apparently) compared to the 610's 2040mAH.

It also has a larger 5in display - bigger (but not better) than that of the iPhone 6 - and, like the 610, will be able to take advantage of faster mobile internet as its 4G-ready. It runs on the latest-but-one version of Android - Android 4.4 KitKat - and comes in three colour schemes - white and blue, grey and orange, and grey and, er, light grey.

"Our new HTC Desire model delivers the best of both worlds, combining a fresh, youthful design with powerful processing and super-fast connectivity," said Peter Frølund, UK and Nordics general manager at HTC.

HTC has enjoyed huge success with its flagship HTC One (M8) handset, but it's also looking to offer something more affordable for those that don't want the very latest technology and aren't prepared to shell out for it.

The HTC Desire 610 will be available from EE, O2 and Three early next year. There's no official word on the price yet, but the HTC Desire 610 cost around £250 sim-free, so expect it to be something like that. However, if you get it on a pay-monthly contract you probably won't have to pay much, if anything, upfront.

Sources: Pocket-lint, Trusted Reviews

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