HTC Desire 200 Released: Next-Best Entry Level Phone?

Phone companies always advertise and promote their best flagship phones, so naturally, we never hear about all the entry-level minimalistic phones that flood the market each year. HTC has now decided to change things a little. It is very proud of its Desire 200, which while falling into a lower price category, has an impressive amount of tech in it.

The phone has a 3.5 inch HVGA display (320 x 480 pixels), surrounded by an all-plastic body that mimics the design of the company's flagship phone, the One. While we can't expect the most powerful processor in a budget phone, it does come with the single-core Snapdragon S1 SoC clocked at 1 GHz, along with 512 MB of RAM, and 4 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 32 GB with a Micro-SD. Connectivity is achieved by WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and HSDPA (which is basically enhanced 3G), while image capture depends on the rear 5 megapixel camera.

The phone runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 along with Sense User Interface, and has a 1,230 mAh battery that should keep the power-mellow phone running all day long. At only 100 g and measuring 107.7 x 60.8 x 11.9 mm, the phone that will be available is either black or black/silver color options. Pricing is expected to fall below the $250 mark, and the phone will be widely available through most carriers.

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  • halcyon
    I never feel comfortable buying or recommending the cheap when it comes to these things. If you care enough to want the Android experience might as well get a device that can allow you to enjoy it.
  • ismaeljrp
    horrible phone even for the price, should have given it at least 1gb of RAM, and price it at no higher than $150.
  • Matsushima
    I agree with the above (halcyon and ismaeljrp), Android is too much bloated for low-performance ARM hardware. I have experienced years of frustration with low-end Android phones and eve TV boxes running Android. Even my original Samsung Galaxy S is horrible at running Gingerbread, past and present. If you are looking for an entry-level smartphone go for Windows Phones such as the Nokia Lumia 520 or the HTC Windows Phone 8S. At least they don't lag.