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5.5-inch HTC Desire 8 smartphone confirmed, to be announced in Beijing for China

ByinLeaks & Rumors | February 17, 2014

HTC Desire 8Last week we told you about the upcoming HTC Desire 8 5.5-inch phablet which for the first time appeared on Chinese website MyDrivers. The phone seemed to be like a real deal from the very beginning but now it’s official. Not “official” as the phone wasn’t announced yet but we do have confirmation from HTC itself that the device indeed exists. Not only that. We also know what it will look like, since the Taiwanese manufacturer posted a press image of the phone on its Weibo account. Let’s take a look.

HTC Desire 8 won’t appear at MWC…

Desire 8 TeaserPrevious rumors suggested that the phablet might be unveiled on March 18th, but now it looks like it could happen this month and February 24th has been mentioned as the possible announcement date. Yes, this is the day when Mobile World Congress begins in Barcelona, but the HTC Desire 8 apparently won’t be presented over there. Instead the company will introduce its new phablet in Beijing.

The choice of location for announcement as well as the fact that it keeps appearing on Chinese websites seem to confirm that the smartphone will be China-only release, at least at the very beginning.

As for the phone itself, the teaser doesn’t reveal anything new we heard already and the image appears to be consistent with what we have seen before.

The HTC Desire 8 is rumored to feature a 5.5-inch display of unknown resolution, dual speakers, a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter with beautification mode. In addition to the white model shown in the picture, the phone is also expected to be available in four other color options including red, yellow, orange, and cyan.

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