In a flurry of press releases, HTC has unveiled a series of new devices, including mid-range and entry level phones, portable speakers and that mythical blue iteration of the HTC One.
The HTC Desire 601 is a new mid-range phone which packs a 4.5” qHD LCD display, a Snapdragon 400 at 1.4GHz and features a lot of the same software as the HTC One Mini. HTC Sense is onboard, as are Zoes and BlinkFeed, as well as a 5 megapixel camera and those BoomSound speakers. The 601 will be the first Desire phone to ship with LTE support, and is positioned at the higher end of the Desire scale.
Whilst the phone shares much of its internals with the One Mini, the phone is polycarbonate in construction rather than expensive aluminium. However the shell has a “baby soft” finish and comfortable curves, reportedly making the phone rather nice to hold. The phone should be released in Europe sometime this month.
The Desire 300 is more of an entry-level smartphone, aimed at Asian emerging markets. The phone is designed to replace the Wildfire C, and sports a 1GHz Snapdragon S4, 512MB of RAM and a 4.3” WVGA display. Again, Sense 5 is present, as is BlinkFeed. The Desire 300 will be available in October in selected markets, which currently includes the UK.
Finally, the blue HTC One has appeared as well alongside a blue One Mini. Both handsets will be released sometime this quarter.
Moving on from phones, HTC has also released the BoomBass – a cube shaped speaker which acts as a stand for your phone as well as extending the low-end of the already rather great BoomSound speakers. The device pairs up via NFC, which then sets up a Bluetooth connection to do the actual streaming. As the connection is Bluetooth, the speaker is of course wireless.
The BoomBass is charged via USB and offers up to 9 hours of noise-making, although this particular speaker hasn’t got any connections with which to charge your phone: the bottom section of the unit is purely just a stand, should you fancy leaving you phone attached. Curiously, the BoomBass doesn’t feature any Beats branding.
So that’s a lot of new stuff from HTC today. Are you excited about any of these new devices? Let us know.