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HTC's new mid-tier offering to sport a plastic body, 13MP rear camera

On Monday, it was reported that HTC was looking to bring some much-needed attention to the mid-tier market after focusing much of its attention for the past year on the flagship “One” and “One Max” smartphones. With Samsung and Apple pretty much assaulting the high-end of the market with the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5S respectively, HTC has only been left with table scraps.
Reuters indicated that HTC is targeting $150 to $300 price bracket to claw back some market share, and the newly leaked Desire 8 looks to fit that bill. According to Engadget and MyDrivers, the new mid-tier smartphone will feature a plastic body instead of the metal body featured on the One, One Max, and One Mini.

The Desire 8 will come with a 5.5” display, although the resolution isn’t known at this time (we’re assuming it’ll be at least be 720p). Other features include a 13MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera, dual stereo speakers, and dual-SIM capability. The smartphone will be available in red, yellow, orange, blue, and green.
The Desire 8 is said to be launching on March 18th in China, so we’ll have to wait until at least then to get an idea of U.S. availability.

Sources: Engadget, MyDrivers

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No, no, NO!
By EasyC on 2/12/2014 11:44:36 AM , Rating: 1
I was waiting for this round of mid tier phones because "flagships" are just too big for my use. I had an HTC One, and wound up giving that to my fiance (her hands are tiny, so she'd have to use two hands either way). So, I was hoping that this round of mid level phones would be tolerable enough in the performance department, but with a great form factor.

Seriously, stop making ridiculously large ass phones. Phablets are NOT what is going to save your company.

RE: No, no, NO!
By gookpwr on 2/12/2014 12:20:30 PM , Rating: 3
Calm down chief. I have big hands and love my Note 3, I can't even use a stupid iPhone quickly because the screen is just to small so using an iPhone or small screen is very cumbersome for those of us with large hands.

There is a reason they make large and small phones...there is a market for both. Buy what works for you, and I'll buy what works for me.

To tell them to stop making phones in a certain form factor just because they don't fit your lady's hands is absurd.

RE: No, no, NO!
By EasyC on 2/12/2014 12:30:13 PM , Rating: 2
You misread my comment.

I am complaining because I don't want a huge phone. I shouldn't need two hands to operate a phone. She doesn't care either way because no phone really fits her hands.

I'm just getting sick of all the "next big phone" announcements.

RE: No, no, NO!
By Brandon Hill on 2/12/2014 12:32:26 PM , Rating: 2
What would be the ideal size for you? I want something larger than my current 4" phone, but I don't want a mammoth 5.5" or 6" phone.

Somewhere between 4.5" to 5" would be ideal.

RE: No, no, NO!
By EasyC on 2/12/2014 12:35:37 PM , Rating: 2
I'm currently on a Moto X right now. It's almost ideal. Just a smidge too wide.

I'd say 4.5-4.7" screen in a 130ish mm x 62ish mm body.

I have a gooPhone i5 as a toy (it's an iPhone clone that runs Android). It's too skinny and the screen is a little too small.

I wish Sony was bringing the D5503 to the US.

RE: No, no, NO!
By Reclaimer77 on 2/12/2014 1:01:52 PM , Rating: 1
What are you, Goldilocks of phone size?

Know what I hate? Every time a phone is announced we spend more time talking about some guys shrimpy little hands than the phone!

RE: No, no, NO!
By EasyC on 2/12/2014 1:03:22 PM , Rating: 2
I can palm a basketball.


RE: No, no, NO!
By Spuke on 2/12/2014 1:07:03 PM , Rating: 2
Yet you can't use a 5" screen phone with one hand. I can use my G2 with one hand easily and I'm not a big guy. That said, the G2's 5.2" screen is the max size for me. It's only a little wider and longer than my old SGN.

RE: No, no, NO!
By Reclaimer77 on 2/12/2014 1:34:41 PM , Rating: 2
If you can palm a ball, the Moto X certainly isn't too wide for you. Its the most ergonomic phone out there.

RE: No, no, NO!
By Brandon Hill on 2/12/2014 1:09:59 PM , Rating: 2
You seem to spend more time bashing people for not thinking like you do. "What, you don't agree with me? Screw you buddy and the horse you rode in on -- and if you rode here in an EV; screw your momma too!" :-)

Personally, I don't want a bigass "super phone". 5" is my "just right" [that's what she said]

RE: No, no, NO!
By Reclaimer77 on 2/12/2014 1:24:59 PM , Rating: 2
Hey those are good zingers!

Brandon I'm not "bashing" him for not wanting a big phone. But his OP is him screaming at HTC for releasing a big phone...I mean come on. Ridiculous.

Variety is whats so great about the Android market. All phones have basically the same internals, just pick and choose the features and form factor you want.

RE: No, no, NO!
By retrospooty on 2/12/2014 4:45:30 PM , Rating: 2
"and if you rode here in an EV; screw your momma too!"

ROFL! +1 , if not more.

RE: No, no, NO!
By daboom06 on 2/12/2014 2:03:32 PM , Rating: 2
they dont make big and small smartphones. it's literally big, or an iphone.

RE: No, no, NO!
By Reclaimer77 on 2/12/2014 12:54:05 PM , Rating: 2
The HTC One was too big for your hands?

I think you have *cough* bigger problems.

5.5" with that small bezel isn't even that big really.

Besides relax, this is one phone. Lots of smaller ones will come out soon to choose from.

RE: No, no, NO!
By kmmatney on 2/12/2014 1:41:54 PM , Rating: 2
I went from an iPhone 4S (3.5") to a 5.5" screen. I was a bit of a shock at first using a phone that big, and I spent the first month thinking I made a mistake buying a phone that big. However I eventually got used to it, and probably can't go back to a smaller phone. I can't really say I like Android - I hate the fragmentation, lower battery life, and buggy ROMs, but I'm not sure I can go back to a smaller screen. Certainly 5" is my lower limit now.

RE: No, no, NO!
By bug77 on 2/12/2014 5:20:34 PM , Rating: 2
Now that you've mentioned it, how does fragmentation affect you on your first Android phone? And how many buggy ROMs have you had to deal with?

RE: No, no, NO!
By Reclaimer77 on 2/12/2014 6:21:03 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I didn't want to say it, but his post seemed like a fanboi diversion than an actual honest first-time evaluation from an Android user.

Too cherry-picked imo. Not credible.

RE: No, no, NO!
By retrospooty on 2/12/2014 4:43:38 PM , Rating: 2
Who exactly was forcing you to buy big? There are hundreds of phones out there, only a few are over 5 inches. Most are between 4 and 5. Let them make all flavors so people can buy what suits them.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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