If you like the HTC One line, but don’t care much for the price, good news. The HTC Desire, a mid-range smartphone that has done well abroad, is finally coming to the United States through Virgin Mobile.
HTC plans on bringing both the Desire 610 and Desire 816 stateside, although they’ve only provided pricing and availability for the more upscale 816. The 816 has more than serviceable specs, including a 720p 5.5″ display, a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, and support for expandable storage up to 128 GB thanks to a Micro SD card slot. There’s also a 13 MP rear camera with a BSI sensor and 1080p recording capabilities. The front camera is pretty solid too, at 5 MP. A lot of the software features found on the flagship One line, like HTC BoomSound, are also on the Desire line, so you’re mostly missing out on top-of-the-line hard specs.
You might not mind, though, because the Desire 816 is a solid enough phone and it can be had for a pretty decent price. According to Virgin Mobile, the Desire 816 can be purchased from them as of today for $300 off-contract. Nothing specific was mentioned about the Desire 610, but the 610 is a slight step down from the 816, so it figures to be an even cheaper option.