Wednesday 21 March 2018

HTC Desire set for HD upgrade in October

Top Android handset is likely to gain HD playback and a bigger screen, rumours indicate.

Matt Warman

HTC’s Desire handset is likely to be updated in October, a number of sources have indicated.

The phone is frequently touted as the closest thing Google’s Android operating system has to a real Apple iPhone rival, and while the new version does not appear to offer a processor upgrade, it looks set to ship with the newer version of Android, 2.2, and an improved camera, up to 8mp from 5mp.

According to a Chinese leak, the new version would also be slightly larger, offering a 4.3” touchscreen rather than the current version’s 3.7”. It would offer HD video playback as well as 720p video capture.

A video at 247 Android also claims to be of the new device, codenamed the Ace, and suggests that the new handset will feature a design that appears to mix the current HTC Desire, the Legend and the American Evo 4G. The result is a “unibody” enclosure, made of a single piece of aluminium, protected by rubber additions in certain areas.

HTC and Samsung, with its Galaxy S, are currently seen to be the makers of the top Android handsets. Use and sales figures for phones powered by the Google operating system are increasingly overtaking those of Apple iPhones: recent data from America suggested that iPhones accounted for 23pc of sales to Android’s 27pc.

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