For the first time in years, the HTC Desire line is making a comeback in the US. AT&T will offer the HTC Desire 610 for $199 off contract.
Devoted HTC fans probably remember the original HTC Desire, which launched in the US in 2010 on Sprint, even before the HTC EVO 4G, with many people comparing it to the Nexus One, HTC’s only Nexus handset to date. The Desire brand later when through some changes – for example, the Desire Z was later released with a physical keyboard, and the Desire X was designed to be comparable to the One X. The Desire 601 was launched internationally with the HTC One M7’s same industrial design, but all of these devices were launched outside of the US.
Now that the Desire is reentering the US market, it looks as if HTC wants to position it as a low-cost alternative to the high-end HTC One lineup. And it seems to be a worthy contender in the budget space, given the international version of the device has a 4.7-inch 960×540 screen, a Snapdragon 400 processor, LTE connectivity, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of on board storage, with a microSD card slot. The back camera is 8MP, with a 1.3MP front-facing camera. The battery is, unfortunately, non-removable, but it should last the whole day with a 2040mAh capacity.
The Desire 610 does come with Android 4.4 and Sense 6, so users won’t have to make too many compromises on the software side of things – at least at first. Any of you planning to pick one of these up?[AT&T via Android Police]