HTC looks to be giving China the special treatment by launching three new smartphones which fall in the mid to entry-level Desire range. The handsets comprise of the 709d, the 7088 and the 7060 and they recently popped up on the company’s Chinese website. What’s interesting here is that in spite of their different brandings and dissimilar appearances, the new phones are essentially the same in hardware and features.
So why would HTC launch 3 different devices with the same specs? The answer to that is simple. Each handset is designed to support a specific network type. The 709d is compatible with CDMA, the 7099 supports TD-SCDMA as well as TD-HSPA and the 7060 has WCDMA radios. Nevertheless, these phones are dual SIM enabled and the second slot is GSM complaint only.
Let’s talk a bit about the design. The 7060 looks pretty much identical to the flagship One handset (read our review) and the 7088 takes a few cues from the Butterfly (read our review). The 709d, on the other hand, features the classic Desire form factor with a textured rear panel. These phones run on Android Jelly Bean with Sense 5 and BlinkFeed.
The trio is equipped with Boom Sound speakers, 5-inch qHD Super LCD 2 touchscreens and 8MP cameras with Zoe. On the inside, the company has fitted a quad core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor, 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a microSDXC card slot and a 2100mAh battery. Each device measures 145.5mm x 72mm x 10.3mm in dimensions.
We’re not quite sure if the Desire 709d, 7088 and 7060 will ever make it out of China, but if HTC does decide on a global launch, it’s likely to pick the first and last devices. No pricing or availability details for either of the smartphones have been divulged as yet.