HTC is one of those manufacturers that really know how to make mid- and low-range devices, and it seems the company has the lowest segment of the smartphone market in mind as a new budget Android device gets unveiled. Meet HTC Desire U, a smartphone that’s set to win the hearts of Chinese and Taiwanese customers who can’t spend much cash on a gadget but would like to have all the latest thrills. Desire U offers just that – a design that’s obviously been inspired by the more expensive HTC smartphones and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Don’t expect the UI to run smoothly though, as the spec sheet implies.
Desire U runs on a single-core CPU clocked at 1 GHz and has just 512 MB of RAM. Internal memory is 4 gigs, but thankfully there’s also a microSD card slot. The screen measures at 4 inches and has a resolution of 480×800 pixels. There’s also a 5-megapixel camera at the back and the usual connectivity options – Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v4.0. Desire U will hardly impress anyone, but don’t forget that these specs wouldn’t look bad on a nice smartphone just a couple of years ago, while Android ICS is supposed to be less power-hungry, plus it looks pretty good. The phone will be available in black and white, and won’t be released globally, at least for now.