As promised, on Tuesday HTC expanded the Desire lineup with a new device. The new member of the family is called Desire 626 and at the time of launch it was exclusive only to the manufacturer’s home market, that is Taiwan. Although it wasn’t officially confirmed, many sources suggest that the phone will be available globally sooner or later. While there is still no official word on worldwide release, it looks like the device will be on sale in the US via Sprint prepaid service.
The source of this news is @upleaks who claims that the HTC Desire 626 will arrive to Sprint as a prepaid phone. The handset could replace the Desire 510 which has been available since September.
HTC Desire 626 to debut in the US via Sprint
Like other Desire phones, the 626 is a mid-range device which can compete with the Moto G in terms of specs. The handset has a large 5-inch display with HD 720 x 1280 resolution at 294 ppi and quite impressive screen-to-body ratio of 66.2%.
Ticking inside is a Snapdragon 410 chipset with a 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU and Adreno 306 GPU supported by 1GB of RAM. Users will have 16GB of internal memory for their content, plus there is a microSD slot compatible with up to 32GB memory cards.
The HTC Desire 626 is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie shooter, both capable of 1080p video capture. Connectivity features include LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS with A-GPS. Non-removable battery has capacity of 2,000 mAh and should be good for up to 30 hours of talk time or up to 761 hours of standby time on 3G. The Desire 626 will ship with Android 4.4.4 KitKat on board.
The leakster believes that the Desire 626 will be launched by Sprint in the near future, however, no timeframe has been mentioned so far. Based on the experience if the phone arrive to Sprint prepaid service, it will hit also its subsidies, which are Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile.
As for the pricing, in Taiwan the phone will cost $189 without contract but pricing elsewhere remains unknown at this point. Even if Sprint puts a different price tag on the HTC Desire 626, which is pretty unlikely, it still shouldn’t be too hard on your budget.