HTC Desire P gets official in Taiwan
The HTC Desire P that got leaked twice last month has now become official in Taiwan, the phone maker’s country of residence. Furthermore, it is an exclusive to Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan’s biggest telecommunications company. Whether or not the Desire P will ever make it outside of that country remains to be seen, for now it’s unclear.
The Desire P looks seem to be borrowed from the HTC One SV of yesteryear. The Desire P is meant to be a pretty affordable smartphone with half-decent specs. It comes with a 4.3-inch 480×800 Super LCD2 touchscreen, an 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash (on the rear, there’s no front-facing unit), a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 768 MB of RAM, 4 GB of built-in storage space, a microSD card slot, HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Beats Audio, and a 1,620 mAh battery. The official spec listing from HTC’s Taiwanese arm doesn’t mention the exact version of Android the Desire P runs, but according to TechOrz that’s 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense 4.1 on top.
The HTC Desire P will be priced at approximately $364 or €285. This handset seems incredibly similar to the Desire X, yet it has a marginally bigger screen and an 8 MP camera instead of a 5 MP unit. Otherwise, pretty close. How it will do in terms of sales remains to be seen, since it’s clearly going to face a lot of competitors in the midrange space, some of which may even run a version of Android that’s not so ancient.