The groovy HTC Desire 650 doesn't look like your typical budget smartphone

Williams Pelegrin
Digital Trends
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htc desire news

HTC seems to be on a roll as of late, with the company announcing the Sprint-exclusive Bolt in the United States and its international equivalent, the HTC 10 Evo, in the last handful of weeks. The company has not forgotten its Desire line of budget phones, however, as signified by its announcement of the Desire 650.

Starting with the outside, the first thing you will notice about the Desire 650 is its rather unique design on the back. More specifically, even though the rear is made out of plastic, the top half is smoothed out, with the bottom half featuring grooves for better grip. Not only does this give the Desire 650 an interesting look, but carries a functional benefit with it, too.

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While we are on the topic of design, the 13-megapixel rear camera looks almost comically oversized, but the ring around it, as well as the power button, are colored to compliment the main color of the phone. Its selfie equivalent weighs in at 5MP, with the 5-inch, 1,280 x 720 resolution display flanked by speakers on either side.

Under the hood, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2GB RAM power the Desire 650, with the 16GB of native storage expandable through the MicroSD card slot. The 2200mAh battery pack should be enough to get you through dinner time, with Android 6.0 Marshmallow overlaid by Sense UI 8.0. It is unknown whether the Desire 650 will get update to Android 7.0 Nougat at some point, but given how the phone was just announced, odds are it will receive the update.

Speaking of availability, the Desire 650 will be available in Taiwan for around $170 sometime in early December. HTC has launched more than a few Desire phones in the U.S., with the company having launched the Desire 530 back in February, so the Desire 650 is likely to see a release elsewhere.