HTC has today announced their latest Desire handset has landed in Australia with the Desire 650 heading to Vodafone as a pre-paid offering for $199.

The phone is a fun, yet functional device with a grooved pattern embossed on the rear of the phone making for a nicely grippy feel to the phone that adds a tactile signal to let you know which way is up when you pick up the phone. The Desire 650 is coming to Vodafone in a Dark Grey colour option, which though it won’t stand out from the crowd, is certainly functional.

The Desire 650 offers a decent hardware bundle for your $199, with a 5″ HD (720P) display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 2GB of RAM and comes with 16GB of storage which is backed up by a microSD card slot. A 13MP BSI camera sensor with HDR on the rear will allow for decent shots, while a 5MP selfie camera sits on the front. A 2,200mAh battery will power the phone, which should last a fair while given the lower power processor and screen resolution.

Full Specs for the phone include:

Key Specifications:HTC Desire 650
Release date
Screen size5.0-inch
Screen technologyLCD
Resolution1,280 x 720
Rear camera13MP
Front camera5MP
ChipsetSnapdragon 400
Core config4x1.6GHz
MicroSDYes, up to 2TB
Battery2,200 mAh
Battery removable
Headphone PortYes
Headphone Location
Speaker Configuration
Android OSAndroid 6.0
Vendor skinSense
Dimensions146.9 x 70.9 x 8.4mm
ColoursDark Grey

Ben Hodgson, Country Manager HTC Australia & New Zealand said of the launch

Personalisation is increasingly important to consumers in today’ssmartphone market, yet it is not always easy to find. The HTC Desire 650 delivers this in abundance, from outside and within. From the unique 50/50 smooth and grooved design, to our fully customisable yet streamlined HTC Sense platform, the HTC Desire 650 delivers a very smooth Android experience. Coupled with a brilliant imaging and audio experience, we’ve created a truly striking device containing each and every element that today’s smartphone users demand.

The phone does come with Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with an overlay of HTC Sense, and though Marshmallow is getting a little long in the tooth it’s not too bad, though the phone is not likely to be in line for any OS updates in the near future. HTC has built some neat features into their Sense overlay for the Desire 650 including a night mode, and a panorama sweep shot for the camera.

The Desire 650 is available from Vodafone stores from today for $199, but you can check it out online on the Vodafone website now.

Source: Vodafone.
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Those are lousy specs for the price…I would get the Sony XA instead.

My old LG Leon that Optus cleared for $69 had a more powerful Snapdragon 410…so did the now long gone but never forgotten king of the value phones, the Huawei Y550…

My Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro has a Snapdragon 650

Mike Stevens

I love that el cheapo phones these days are so nice looking. And those aren’t even bad specs!