A mysterious HTC mid-range phone has been benchmarked ahead of its official release. Allegedly named Desire 600, this fellow will likely come with a quad-core Snapdragon 200 CPU and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in tow.
Once upon a time reserved for the best of the best, HTC’s Desire line of smartphones seems to now be the perfect meeting point for budget-conscious, mid-range devices. The P and Q have been unveiled not long ago and fit perfectly that bill, as will the Desire 600.
This name probably doesn’t ring many bells for now, but that’s only because the thing is not official. However, it will likely be soon enough, based on a benchmark that confirms Desire 600’s identity.
Also known as CP3, this could well be introduced in China before the rest of the world, but it would be a real pity if it would remain exclusive to the “Middle Kingdom”. And that’s mostly because the phone will be packing a quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor.
That CPU can’t really hold a candle to the Snapdragon 600 or other high-end chips around, but chances are it’s not going to be very power-hungry. Besides, for how much I think the HTC Desire 600 will cost, it will probably be extremely zippy too.
Other suspected features of the mid-ranger include dual-SIM support, a 960 x 540 pixels resolution screen, an Adreno 203 GPU, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, plus HTC’s Sense 4 UI. The display’s size is unknown at this point and, while there have been rumors floating around of the CP3 being a 4.5-incher, I’d rather stay away from unfounded speculations for a little while longer.
What I’m pretty certain is you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg for this handheld. My guesstimate is it will cost roughly €300 in Europe and Asia and $300 in US, but I can definitely see HTC going as low as $250. In which case the Desire 600 should have everything it needs to become a commercial hit. Who’s with me?