HTC’s Desire lineup often lives in the shadow of the One and Butterfly series, primarily because most of them are designed to appeal to budget-minded phone buyers. The company’s been cranking out a lot of them this year (the 816, 616, 516, 610, 310 and 210, to name a few), and HTC isn’t done adding more to the list. Its next phone is the Desire 510. Its claim to fame is that it’s the least expensive — er, “most affordable” — LTE-capable phone the Taiwanese manufacturer has produced to date. Sadly, we weren’t given any pricing details, but it likely varies by region. The 4.7-inch device should be available in markets worldwide, including Europe, Asia and the US (HTC confirmed that the device will be sold on Sprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Cricket). The 510 will begin selling in some markets in September, but we’ll have to wait for each region to offer more specific launch details.
Along with its affordability comes basic hardware components, such as a 4.7-inch FWVGA (854×480) display with a pixel density of 208, a 2,100mAh battery, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 chipset, 1GB RAM, 5MP rear camera and VGA selfie cam, Android 4.4 with HTC’s Sense UI and BlinkFeed, 8GB internal storage and a microSD slot for up to 128GB external memory. It also lacks an LED flash. Not fantastic, but not horrible either — ultimately, its success or fate will be impacted by how much it costs in comparison to other budget devices. It’ll have LTE, HSPA+ up to 42Mbps and GSM/EDGE, but the frequencies it supports will vary depending on region. For kicks, HTC will also offer its very own Dot View dot-matrix case, but its functionality will be more basic than what you’ll find on the One (M8). The device will come in white and grey color options.