4G LTE is the future of wireless data communications and as expected its prices are going down in a number of markets. However, there are hardly any cheap LTE handsets out there because only premium phones support this high speed communications network and those looking for a budget device often have to settle with HSPA+ speeds.
But HTC is looking to change this, as the company just recently announced its cheapest LTE device yet, the HTC Desire 510. This is the latest budget offering from the Taiwanese giant and is ideal for those who want to take advantage of the high speed internet on a mid-range smartphone. Unfortunately, the company did not reveal pricing, so we’ll have to wait till next week to get its official price.
HTC has given Desire 510 a premium look, taking some of its design cues from the company’s high end offerings. But don’t be deceived, it’s still a budget device, which you’ll come to know by looking at its specifications. Also, its body is made of polycarbonate plastic and the speakers are located on the back unlike other offerings from HTC.
Given its affordability, the specs are nothing out of the ordinary. Inside, you have a 1.2GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 410 SoC with 1GB RAM. On the front, there’s a 4.7 inch screen which unfortunately comes with only a FWVGA resolution, i.e. 854 x 480 pixels. You get 8GB internal storage, but this can be expanded up to 128GB using a MicroSD card.
On the back, there’s a 5MP camera while on the front, you get a VGA shooter. The battery will be of 2100 mAh, but the company did not specify the talk times you’ll get with LTE on.
As for the software, it will run Android 4.4 Kitkat out of the box with an unknown version of Sense UI. You also get some of the goodies found on the premium models. For example, there’s Blinkfeed to bring you updates from your social networks and RSS feeds. HTC will also be releasing Dot View cases for the phone to attract more users.
The company plans to release the device in US, Europe and Asia, especially in markets where LTE is available. In US, the device will be available on Sprint, Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile and Cricket.
The exact availability is still not revealed but we expect the phone to start selling sometime around September. Check back on the website next week to get more information about the device.
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