Taiwan: HTC have already stated their intent to launch a range of more affordable devices in order to bolster their sales and profits. Now it looks as though the first of the new breed of devices will be a mid-range phablet, called the HTC Desire 8.
Images and an initial spec for the HTC Desire 8 – not to be confused with the flagship HTC M8 – have leaked out of China. It’s a dual-SIM phablet with a 5.5 inch display (resolution unknown) that will have a 13 mega-pixel rear-facing camera and a front-facing 5 mega-pixel snapper.
The image (posted above) reveals that it’ll run on the Android platform overlayed with the HTC Sense user-interface. It’s noticeable from the picture that it doesn’t have any physical buttons on its front. But does look to have dual front-facing BoomSound speakers.
You can also clearly see icons for both 3G and Edge in the status bar highlighting it’s dual-SIM functionality – so it could well be that it doesn’t support 4G LTE. Especially given that HTC did something similar already with the HTC One dual-sim, which only support 3G and 2G.
The date listed on the screen is March 18th and the location as Beijing. That could well be a subtle hint as when to the smartphone will be unveiled, but we’re still hopeful it’ll make an appearance at MWC 2014.
It’s quite possible that the HTC Desire 8 will launch exclusively in China, or that it’ll only be available in developing countries. As soon as we get more news about the phablet you’ll be the first to know.