Friday, 7 March 2014

SYNAPSE CIRCUIT HTC LEAVING MORE TO DESIRE 310

SYNAPSE CIRCUIT
HTC LEAVING MORE TO DESIRE 310
#HTC #Desire #Desire310 #BudgetAndroidHandsets

Good late evening, Synapse Circuit Readers! How are you tonight? I hope that life is treating you well! In the last article I did on HTC I mentioned their 100M loss last year and it seems to me that HTC are on the warpath, making up for lost time. Time equals money!

INTRODUCING THE DESIRE 310
Let’s take a look at the spec:-

GENERAL   
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100 - EU, Asia, China
HSDPA 850 / 2100 - Asia

SIM    
Dual SIM (Mini-SIM, dual stand-by)

RELEASE DATE
Exp. release 2014, April

BODY           
Dimensions: 132.4 x 68 x 11.3 mm (5.21 x 2.68 x 0.44 in)
Weight: 140 g (4.94 oz)

DISPLAY
TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size: 480 x 854 pixels, 4.5 inches (218 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch    

OVERLAY
HTC Sense UI 5.1

SOUND        
Alert types: Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker
3.5mm jack   

MEMORY     
microSD, up to 32GB
Internal 4GB, 1GB RAM

DATA
GPRS
EDGE
Speed HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP
USB microUSB v2.0

CAMERA      
Primary 5 MP, 2592 х 1944 pixels
Features Geo-tagging, face detection
Video  Yes, 1080p
Secondary VGA

FEATURES 
Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset Mediatek MT6582M
CPU Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7
GPU Mali-400
Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity
Messaging: SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser: HTML5
Radio FM radio
GPS: A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java MIDP emulator
Colours: Black, White
SNS integration
MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
Organizer
Document viewer
Photo viewer/editor
Voice memo/dial
Predictive text input


BATTERY              
Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery
Stand-by: Up to 852 h
Talk time: Up to 11 h

FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Well, the Desire 310 comes across as a hybrid that combines the ZTE Blade and the Motorola Moto G with some pros and cons.

Pros
Quad-core 1.3GHz
microSD up to 32GB

Cons
4GB internal memory
4.5 inches, 480 x 854 pixels, 218 ppi

The Moto G has a slightly slower quad-core 1.2GHz, 8GB internal memory, a 4.5” screen with a HD resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and 326 ppi pixel density. For some reason Google has an aversion to external memory and I hope that Lenovo will not follow that trend.

The Desire 310 could come in at a lower price point, say, £89 as opposed to £120 for the 8GB Moto G.

I can see this handset going down well with folk who prefer the smaller screen and aren’t in need of the power as found on premium handsets. The 4GB onboard storage looks like it’s enough to store a couple of free call and messaging apps and social networking apps.

As always, HTC has done a sterling job of the design and I can see the Desire 310 appealing to young teenagers too!

I feel that Google ought to make it a rule that budget handsets should have no less than 8GB storage and 2GB RAM as standard. As premium handsets become more powerful the budget / level entry handsets should also get an upgrade. What HTC, Motorola and others are doing with the budget handset is good but it could be better. I am quite sure that other manufacturers eager to break the European and US markets will deliver such a budget handset towards the fall of this year. Manufacturers like Archos and Acer have been trying to crack the handset (and tablet market) and therefore they might skip the budget market and produce a midrange phone that undercuts Google Nexus to represent better value. We’ll see.

Let’s hope that HTC manages to get the marketing right this year as their handsets are looking very promising this year!

What do you reckon?
Take good care!

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