HTC Announces Line of “Affordable” Desire Phones for US

HTC announced four new LTE-equipped phones this morning that are all bound for the US (two of which we saw at the FCC). In fact, the phones – Desire 626, Desire 626s, Desire 526, and Desire 520 – are headed for just about every major carrier you can think of, including Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Cricket, Boost Mobile, MetroPCS, Sprint, and Virgin Mobile. I should clarify that in saying that some phones will go to this or that carrier – they aren’t all going to all carriers.

The phones are being marketed as “premium” yet “affordable.” Of course, leave it to HTC to call something affordable and then forget to tell us the price.  (more…)

HTC Launches Budget-Friendly Desire 600 and 800 Devices in US

HTC announced the launch of the Desire 800 and 600 series for the US this afternoon, kicking off with the announcement of the Desire 816 smartphone for Virgin Mobile, priced at $299 off-contract.

The Desire 816 features a 5.5” HD display, 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon CPU, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB of onboard storage with support for up to 128GB of expandable storage, 13MP rear-facing shooter, 5MP front-facing camera, and runs Android 4.4+ out of the box.  (more…)

HTC Posts Q2 Guidance – Plans Domination of Mid-range Market, One (M8) Already Selling Better Than One (M7)

HTC issued guidance for its Q2 financials today, and the news was mostly positive. The Taiwan-based company said it projects revenues to dip slightly, down 2-8% from last year with $2.16 billion.

However, the company’s anticipated net income of between $31 million and $115 million, beat analysts expectations. As HTC Source points out, Q2 of this year could be HTC’s most profitable in more than 2 years. (more…)

HTC Bee and Desire Dummy Phones Arrive in Alltel Stores

It looks like that HTC Bee ROM that was floating around with Alltel branding on it wasn’t lying.  The shot above is of HTC Desire and Bee dummy phones that are beginning to arrive at Alltel Wireless stores meaning the devices will be available in the coming weeks.  The HTC Desire is sort of a surprise and our sources have it actually launching as the “Spitfire” or at least something along those lines.

A lot of us thought Alltel was dead, but they are starting to put together quite a nice Android lineup which already includes the Motorola Milestone.

Cheers Alltel!