HTC’s latest effort into the budget market is a smartphone that’s powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor (which is a first in the company’s product portfolio). The upcoming HTC Desire 310 is dual-SIM device with 4.5-inch display and entry-level specs.

The HTC Desire 310 comes with a sleek design that’s similar to its predecessor, the Desire 300. Having employed Qualcomm chips for most of its devices, HTC’s choice to use a MediaTek processor this time is manifested by a MT6582M SoC, debunking previous speculations that the Taiwan-based company would go for octa-core processing. Also included in the chip is Mali 400MP2 graphics, 1GB of RAM, and integrated 3G connectivity.

HTC Desire 301 Specs

  • Android 4.2 (HTC Sense 5 UI)
  • 4.5-inch TFT LCD (480×854 FWVGA), ~218ppi
  • 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582M processor
  • Mali 400MP2 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage
  • microSD support up to 32GB
  • 5-megapixel main camera, with fixed focus and no LED flash
  • 0.3-megapixel (VGA) front camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • 3G, HSPA+ (21Mbps) 900/2100MHz
  • Dual-SIM
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dimensions: 132.44 x 68.03 x 11.25mm
  • Weight: 140g
  • Li-Po 2000mAh battery

As for the software, the HTC Desire 310 won’t be arriving with Android 4.4 KitKat. The older 4.2 Jelly Bean will come preinstalled instead, although the differences won’t be noticeable what with the HTC Sense 5 custom skin and the content-aggregating HTC BlinkFeed running on top. The latter feature comes with Offline Reading mode to let the device download as many as 120 articles for late reading.

With only a fixed-focus 5-megapixel shooter at the rear and VGA front counterpart, camera performance won’t dazzle anyone. On the plus side, the HTC Desire 310 is still capable of 1080p video recording. HTC has also added Video Highlights to at least give pictures and video clips a more professional touch.

So far, only Taiwan is the specified market where the HTC Desire 301 will go on sale in April, but expect a global release to shortly follow. It will come in red, white, and dark blue colors. No word on pricing has been announced yet.

[Source: HTC]

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  1. HTC has officially announced the Desire 310, its mid-range successor to the Desire 300. The specs won’t blow your mind, but they’re sure to be enough to make this affordable handset sing.

  2. got this phone from singapore, cost me below Php 7,000, very good phone… tho without flash.. sadly

  3. Kelan ba nagkaroon ng ”budget” segment ang HTC, ang alam kong mga budget phones nila e yung mga Gingerbread OS phones, which are still overpriced