A bunch of HTC phones made an appearance in Berlin today. The company not only confirmed the existence, and imminent launch, of the blue version of the HTC One and One Mini, but also announced two new handsets, the HTC Desire 601 and HTC Desire 300. As HTC revealed, both the blue HTC One and One Mini will hit the stores in select markets some time in the fourth quarter, which puts a huge question mark on the rumored September 10 release date. Both, the HTC Desire 601 and Desire 300 will go on sale in October in select markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
HTC’s latest models – what’s new.
The HTC One in Vivid Blue gives HTC’s One enthusiasts one more color option, in addition to already available silver, black and red models. The phone comes with a matte blue shell with blacks accents on the back and around the edges. There is also a black frame on the front panel, around the screen. The device offers exactly the same specs and features found on the original One, which means that the blue body packs a 4.7-inch display, a quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor and 2 GB of RAM. Naturally, the Vivid Blue HTC One is LTE-capable and features NFC, UltraPixel camera with optical image stabilization and a 2,300 mAh battery.
The HTC One Mini, on the other hand, is all blue. All the black accents of the full-size One were replaced with a lighter blue tone. The buttons are however silver. Hardware and software-wise, the blue HTC One Mini is the same as the original. The handset sports a 4.3-inch display and is powered by a dual-core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 400 chip. The device offers 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory. Other key features include UltraPixel camera, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi. A 1,800 mAh battery keeps the lights on.
The HTC Desire 601, previously known as HTC Zara, is a mid-range offering. The phone packs a 4.5-inch qHD display, a 5-megapixel rear camera with 1080p recording, as well as a VGA user-facing shooter. Under the hood, the handset hides a dual-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of expandable storage. The device runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Sense 5.0 on top, and comes with a number of functionalities imported from the HTC One, such as Zoe and BlinkFeed. Connectivity options include LTE radio, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and GPS.
Lastly, the HTC Desire 300 is the most modest of the quartet. The phone, also referred to as HTC Zara Mini or HTC Z3, will be listed as an entry-level device. The handset features a 4.3-inch with WVGA resolution. The Desire 300 is powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor paired with 512 MB of RAM. The phone offers only 4GB of internal memory and is equipped with a 5-megapixel main camera and a VGA shooter on the front. The device obviously runs Android, however it has not been confirmed which version. The OS is skinned in HTC’s popular Sense 5 UI.