HTC has announced a new phone that seems to aim at the budget segment, similar to Samsung's Galaxy S III mini. The new phone, dubbed the HTC Desire U, seems to feature a look familiar to that of the Desire family. The phone is set to fill the price segment above that of the Desire C. It will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and seems to have Sense 4.

The phone features a 4-inch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. On the insides, it runs on a 1 GHz processor and has 512MB of RAM. It also has 4GB of internal storage and the memory is expandable up to 32GB via microSD. For photography, the phone features a 5 megapixel camera with WVGA resolution video recording. Other features include Beats Audio and a 1650mAh battery. It also features all of the connectivity bells and whistles, including Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth 4.0.

The Desire U has a 4-inch screen with a WVGA resolution

The Desire U has a 4-inch screen with a WVGA resolution

While the phone has been announced on the HTC Taiwan website, there seems to be no word from the company regarding a possible international version of the smartphone.

Back in November, HTC had unveiled its dual-SIM smartphone—the Desire SV—at an event in Singapore. The highlighted features of the smartphone include a dual-core processor, an 8 megapixel camera, a 4.3-inch screen and Beats Audio.

HTC claims that a 1GHz dual-core processor helps with web browsing, watching videos, running apps and downloading attachments. This smartphone comes with 768MB of RAM and features a 4.3-inch super LCD 2 screen that HTC claims will make images, videos, emails and presentations look a lot more vivid. This dual-SIM smartphone comes loaded with productivity tools such as Office Suite, Microsoft Exchange push mail and calendar support.

As far as the software goes, the HTC Desire SV comes loaded with Android v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) with the HTC Sense UI. This handset can be upgraded to Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean) once HTC releases it for the handset.

HTC states that the dual-SIM design can strike a balance by keeping a user’s business world and personal world separate from each other. The brand claims that frequent travellers will benefit from using the HTC Desire SV, since having both a local and an international roaming SIM cards in a single phone means it’s easy to keep in touch with colleagues, friends and family without incurring significant roaming charges.

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