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Summary:

HTC took the wraps off of its first Mediatek-powered smartphone, and a new leak of the new HTC One shows off the handset’s dual rear cameras.

Desire 310

HTC promised more mid-range handsets, and it’s delivering them. The company introduced the Desire 816 last week, and is now following it up with the Desire 310, its first Mediatek-powered handset.

If the Desire 816 is solidly mid-range, that makes the Desire 310 more of an entry-level device. It features a 4.5-inch display with 854 x 480 pixel resolution and onscreen controls, rather than capacitive buttons. And it’s HTC’s first smartphone with a Mediatek processor. It’s powered by a quad-core 1.3GHz chip and 1GB of RAM. It also features 4GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card slot, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2,000mAh battery. On the software side, the phone is running the slightly outdated Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), along with HTC’s BlinkFeed software.

The phone will be available starting in Taiwan next month. There’s no price yet, but I expect it will be a cheaper alternative to the Desire 816.

HTC One dual camera leak

On the higher-end side of things, yet another leak has surfaced of the upcoming new HTC One. Courtesy of the reliable @evleaks, the leaked image appears to be a press rendering that shows a very detailed view of the phone’s purported dual camera setup.

Though this seems to pretty much confirm the phone will feature two rear cameras, little is known about what exactly that second sensor will do. It could possibly be used for better low-light performance or faster autofocus. There’s also the (very unlikely) possibility it can be used to capture 3D photos, like the old HTC EVO 3D. Either way, I’m intrigued, and we should find out soon enough when HTC introduces the phone on March 25.

  1. I sort of miss the EVO 3D. I wish they released that in the USA on AT&T or T-Mobile so it could be unlocked and used on a good network….

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