HTC Desire 200 Seals Entry-level

HTC sealed the entry level for its current generation of smartphones, with the new HTC Desire 200. This plastic-clad handset borrows design elements from the company's flagship HTC One, as well its predecessors, such as the Desire C, and Explorer. Its bulgy rear panel features a tactile pattern, while its side frame and front features faux-aluminum plastic. The front features pronounced felt-touch function keys framing its display.

The HTC Desire 200 features a 3.5-inch screen with HVGA (320 x 480 pixels) resolution. Interestingly, HTC decided against giving it a front camera, a 5-megapixel shooter decks its rear. Under the hood, are a Snapdragon S1 single-core SoC clocked at 1.00 GHz, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of storage that's expandable to 32 GB with micro-SDHC, and Android 4.0.4 with Sense UI running on top. A 1,230 mAh battery keeps the phone ticking.

On the connectivity front, the Desire 200 gives you 3G HSDPA (up to 7.2 Mbps), 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0. Measuring 107.7 x 60.8 x 11.9 mm, it weighs in at 100 g. The handset is available in all-black, and silver+black color options. HTC should target most sub-$250 price points with the Desire 200. It should be widely available through carriers.