HTC Desire U launches in Taiwan with midrange specs, priced at $274

HTC has unveiled yet another Desire model today, the Desire U. For now, this has only showed up in the company’s native Taiwan, where it will be sold unlocked or with contracts from Chunghwa Telecom. The Desire U is almost identical to the previously announced Desire X in terms of specs, and it’s pretty close looks-wise too. Which obviously makes us wonder why HTC felt the need for this to be a new model. Especially since last year while unveiling its One series of smartphones, the company said it would focus on releasing fewer products each year, but those would be all about quality.

Not that the Desire U doesn’t look well-built, mind. But with its specs, you won’t see any Android software updates. Speaking of that, it’s unclear which version of Google’s mobile OS this is running. Strangely, HTC just lists ‘Android’ which isn’t helpful. It may be 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, since this is a lower-midrange offering, or maybe HTC decided to surprise the world and put 4.1 in. Which still isn’t the latest, by the way.

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The HTC Desire U comes with a 4-inch 480×800 touchscreen, a 1 GHz processor (supposedly single-core since HTC would have boasted if it was dual-core; this then is the only big difference compared to the Desire X, which comes with a dual-core CPU), a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of built-in storage, microSD card support for expansion, HSPA, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, Beats Audio, and a 1,650 mAh battery.

It will be sold unlocked for NT$7,990, which is about $274 or €203. So at least the price is right.

There’s no word on whether the Desire U will be launched elsewhere, so if you want it and you’re not in Taiwan you may never be able to buy it. But stay tuned, and we’ll let you know if we find out more.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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