Rumors of the HTC Desire 650 started showing up at around the same time when the HTC Bolt (HTC 10 Evo) was also beginning to show up.
In fact, many expected the HTC Desire 650 and Bolt to be launched in the U.S. at the same time, but as you all know, this did not happen. Instead, the Taiwanese company only launched the entry-level phone in the local market of Taiwan while the HTC Bolt was launched in the U.S. via Sprint.
Well, according to a new report coming in through the ever-reliable Evan Blass, the HTC Desire 650 is coming to the U.S. as an exclusive to Cricket Wireless, which is wholly owned by AT&T. Whether this phone will also be sold through the parent company or not is still a mystery, but we can rest assured that the 650 will soon be here.
In case you a little lost, the HTC Desire 650 was launched late last year, with those in Taiwan able to buy it as from early December, but since then, it has remained elusive. This is no more, although Blass doesn’t give out the exact date as to when this phone will start selling on Cricket Wireless. Although coming in as a carrier-based version, don’t expect any changes in terms of specs.
HTC Desire 650 for Cricket Wireless pic.twitter.com/3c7GTIODbS
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 16, 2017
This means you still get a 5-inch LCD display screen with a 720p HD resolution and protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass technology. Under the hood, the HTC Desire 650 packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor that is clocked at a speed of 1.6GHz and is paired with a RAM of 2GB. This phone ships with an internal storage of 16GB, but there is room to expand it via a microSD card.
The back has a decent 13MP snapper while the front ships with a 5MP. Being an entry-level phone, there are no fancy features such as fingerprint scanning, fast charging, USB-C connectivity, but you still get 4G LTE support and a not-so-bad 2200mAh battery unit that is not removable.
At the moment, there are no details on the price of the phone in the U.S. just yet, but looking at the standards, the HTC Desire 650 shouldn’t be priced above $200.
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