HTC Desire 626 mid-ranger quietly launches with good specs and aggressive pricing

By April Taylor , Feb 10, 2015 08:15 AM EST

The much-rumored HTC Desire 626 mid-range smartphone is now finally official, making a quiet debut in the company's home country of Taiwan.

For a few months now, the HTC Desire 626 has been starring in all sorts of leaks and reports that revealed pretty much everything about the handset ahead of its launch. It all remained in the rumor state until a formal debut, however, and now it's all confirmed.

HTC quietly launched its new Desire 626 mid-ranger in Taiwan, listing the device on its online store with a NT 5,990 price tag, i.e. about $190. It remains unclear at this point just when the smartphone will see a global release, launching in other markets worldwide.

In terms of specifications, the new HTC Desire 626 features a 5-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and packs a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor under the hood, clocked at 1.2GHz and paired with 1GB of RAM. Other specs include 16GB of internal storage capacity, a microSD card slot for additional memory of up to 128GB, and a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, a BSI sensor, and a number of neat features such as scene detection, geo-tagging, panorama, best shot, smile shot, and HDR. The handset also comes with a 5-megapixel front shooter with a BSI sensor.

Connectivity options include 3G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, A-GPS, micro-USB, DLNA, GLONASS, a 3.5mm audio jack, and FM radio connectivity. A 2,000 mAh battery will keep things up and running, delivering up to 30 hours of talk time and up to 761 hours of standby on 3G.

On the software side, the HTC Desire 626 runs "Android with HTC Sense," but the company has yet to mention which version of Android will be on board out of the box. The product page also lists Dot View cases for the smartphone.

With these specs and aggressive pricing, the new HTC Desire 626 is shaping up as a strong competitor to the second-generation Moto G 4G, but it remains to be seen whether it will be as affordable when it reaches western markets.

We'll keep you up to date as soon as more information becomes available, so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can learn more about the HTC Desire 626 from HTC's website at this link.

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