HTC Desire 200 pictured: would you buy this phone?

HTC Desire 200 pictured: would you buy this phone?We're already well acquainted with HTC's new entry-level Desire 200 – after all, it was officially announced more than a fortnight ago now.

However, ePrice has just published a bunch of high-quality snaps showing the Desire 200 up close and personal, and it's safe to say HTC's new baby will be asking its immediate rivals a few uncomfortable questions.

Loosely speaking, the Desire 200 takes the main design principles of the much-loved HTC One and applies them on a smaller and (presumably) less costly scale.

That goes with a decidedly entry-level smartphone spec comprising a 3.5in display running at 320 x 480, a single-core 1GHz Snapdragon S1 processor, a solo 5MP camera (in other words, no front-facing cam at all), 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage plus HTC staples of Beats Audio and HTC Sense, plus the rather dated Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

But looking at it purely from a visual point of view, you'd have to say the Desire 200 looks far more upmarket than it actually is. The black version looks pretty good too, based on the press pics that went with its official announcement.

Think of most of its rivals and you're talking plastic, generic clones, while here's a device that just about manages to look distinctive (as far as that's possible given that from the front nearly all phones these days are candybar-shaped devices made mostly of screen).

Now you may think it looks rubbish – that's fine too, and if so you've probably already headed for the comments below to shout at me, so won't be reading this anyway. But the interesting question, assuming you agree that it does look rather fetching, is this: is it possible HTC has made the Desire 200 too attractive.

Think about it: we're talking about a cheap phone. I'm not saying cheap phones are supposed to look cheap, more that they're supposed to look... well, money-conscious, let's say. If it comes across looking too swanky, it'll not only make its rivals look bad, but more importantly it'll rob high-end devices like the HTC One of some of their prestigious allure.

The point is premium devices look like premium devices mainly because cheaper ones, well, don't. That might be something to think about as a cheaper version of a certain other premium handset nears its arrival. Yes, that's the budget iPhone in case you missed it.

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 5, 2013 at 18:40

screen ... bad bad bad. But for £30.99 I'd buy one for Treab's graduation.

AhmadCentral  Jul. 5, 2013 at 18:49

HTC need to stop releasing the same budget phone every year.

Treab  Jul. 5, 2013 at 21:49

wait... a single core 1ghz processor.. wow... its surely better than my new y300's dual core 1ghz processor... wait a minute..

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 6, 2013 at 11:45

wait... a single core 1ghz processor.. wow... its surely better than my new y300's dual core 1ghz processor... wait a minute..
If the G300 is anything to go by, then yes :p

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 7, 2013 at 11:10

wait... a single core 1ghz processor.. wow... its surely better than my new y300's dual core 1ghz processor... wait a minute..
Have you actually bought another smartphone for the week or so your S2 is off getting fixed? Seems somewhat wasteful :p.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 7, 2013 at 12:58

Not at all, matt - the Y300 is excellent... Sorry, I interrupt this post with news about the unicorn rebellion...

Treab  Jul. 7, 2013 at 17:51

wait... a single core 1ghz processor.. wow... its surely better than my new y300's dual core 1ghz processor... wait a minute..
Have you actually bought another smartphone for the week or so your S2 is off getting fixed? Seems somewhat wasteful :p.


actually i bought it as my emergency back up phone (from september i am going to be commuting from home to bristol.. over 100 miles a day in a p-reg rover... need to ensure i can call the AA lol)

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