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HTC unveils the Desire 200

This budget Android smartphone is surprisingly compact and features Audio Beats sound

With smartphone screens getting bigger and bigger, it's surprising to see a new mobile device launch with a sub-4-inch display. But HTC, the company who gave us the very impressive HTC One,  have done just that with the Desire 200.

The new smartphone has a 3.5-inch, 320 x 480 LCD display and internals that seem woefully outdated. Its features include a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor, 512 MB DDR1 RAM, 4 GB internal memory, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n wi-Fi, a 5 MP front-facing camera, and 3G. The Taiwanese company have supplemented these meager specs with an always popular microSD slot which supports up to 32 GB cards, a removable battery, and Beats Audio sound.

The smartphone measures just 107.7 x 60.8 x 11.9 mm (4.2 x 2.4 x 0.47 inches) and weighs just 100 g (3.5 ounces). This makes it an Android phone with unimpressive but functional specs that offers great portability and solid battery life (estimated 7.4 hours talk time, and 693 hours standby). With prices in Taiwan starting at US$169, a Desire 200 could be an ideal secondary phone for someone who travels a lot, or even a primary for someone who hates oversized gadgets.

Availability and pricing outside of Taiwan have not yet been announced.


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Craig Munro, 2013-06-18 (Update: 2013-11-29)