Summary:

The company’s mid-range Desire 8 “phablet” looks lovely, based on a purported press shot.

HTC Desire 8 leak

HTC might be getting ready to introduce the first full-on “phablet” in its mid-range Desire line. Chinese site MyDrivers posted an image of the purportedly forthcoming Desire 8 handset, which sources at Engadget claim is the real deal.

HTC Desire 8 leak

Engadget also has some specs for the 5.5-inch smartphone, which is believed to be a dual-SIM device. It is said to feature a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel camera on the front, along with a software-based “beautification” mode. The phone appears to have a plastic body, and in addition to the white pictured here, is expected to come in cyan, orange, red and yellow.

As you can see, there are two front-facing speakers. And you might notice the lack of dedicated capacitive touch buttons. That’s because the Desire 8 is said to feature onscreen controls, which are also rumored for the successor to the HTC One flagship. No other specs are known at the moment.

HTC chairwoman Cher Wang recently gave an interview in which she said that HTC needs to place a renewed focus on lower-cost handsets. Provided the Desire 8 comes in at the right price, I’d say that this looks like a good place to start.

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