HTC Desire 200 – a cheap and cheerful Android smartphone with design nods to the HTC One

HTC Desire 200 - a cheap and cheerful Android smartphone with design nods to the HTC One

HTC have announced a budget Android smartphone which manages to cut rather a dash, sporting a design reminiscent of the mighty HTC One.

HTC Desire 200 - a cheap and cheerful Android smartphone with design nods to the HTC One

It’s a wee slip of a thing at 107.7 x 60.8 x 11.9mm – not that much bigger than a credit card – and it won’t weigh your pocket down either, tipping the scales at just 100g.

The 3.5″ screen supports a very modest  resolution of just 480 x 320, while inside a single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 1Ghz processor backed by 512MB of RAM endeavours to keep things moving along smartly.

Despite its low end status, HTC have added Beats Audio processing, while the 34mm, f2.8 5-megapixel rear-mounted camera looks better than you might expect.

HTC Desire 200 - a cheap and cheerful Android smartphone with design nods to the HTC One

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are present and correct, while the removable 1,230mAh battery promises 3G talktime of up to 7.4 hours and a standby time of up to 821 hours.

Running an unspecified version of Android with HTC Sense on top, the device comes with 4GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot offering up to 32GB expansion.

There’s no pricing details yet, but those specs – particularly that low-res screen -say this is going to right at the bottom of the price range.

It’s available in Taiwan from 19th July, with a global rollout following.

More info on the HTC website.

Specs:

CPU SPEED
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ S1, 1GHz

PLATFORM ANDROID
Android™ with HTC Sense™

SIM CARD TYPE
Regular SIM

MEMORY
Total storage : 4GB, available capacity varies1

RAM : 512MB DDR
Expansion card slot supports microSD™ memory card for up to 32GB additional storage (card not included)

NETWORK2
2G/ 2.5G – GSM/GPRS/EDGE:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G/ 3.5G – UMTS/ HSPA:
900/2100 MHz with HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps

GPS
GPS/AGPS

SENSORS
Accelerometer
Proximity sensor
Ambient light sensor

CONNECTIVITY
3.5 mm stereo audio jack
Compliant with Bluetooth® 4.0
Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX™ enabled
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n

CAMERA
5 MP camera with fixed focus
F2.8 aperture and 34 mm lens
VGA video recording

SOUND ENHANCEMENT
Studio-quality sound with Beats Audio™
High fidelity tangle-free headset with built-in Microphone

MULTIMEDIA
Audio supported formats:
Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 9)
Recording: .amr
Video supported formats:
Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 9), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)
Recording: .mp4

BATTERY
Removable & rechargeable Li-ion battery

Capacity : 1230 mAh

Talk time:
Up to 7.4 hours for WCDMA
Up to 10.9 hours for GSM
Standby time:
Up to 821 hours for WCDMA
Up to 693 hours for GSM

AC ADAPTER
Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz

DC output: 5 V and 1 A