The Desire 310 is HTC’s latest smartphone, but there’s a key difference between it and previous Desire models, particularly its direct descendant, the Desire 300. It concerns the processor, which instead of a Snapdragon chip, is one from upcoming manufacturer MediaTek.
This is a first for HTC, which has dabbled with a few other chip companies in the past, but has primarily stuck with Qualcomm. Rumours spread earlier this year that HTC may use one of MediaTek’s octa-core chips in a high-end Desire device. This may still happen, but for now we get a quad-core chip running at 1.3GHz. That’s a serious chip for an entry-level phone.
HTC hasn’t provided many other details on the Desire 300, other than it having a 4.5-inch screen and featuring a 5-megapixel camera on the rear, plus BlinkFeed over the top of an Android operating system. There’s also the Video Highlights feature, where you can create your own video clips using both still and video images.
The Desire 310 is set to launch in Taiwan next month, but in January, HTC accidentally pushed the 310′s webpage out on its European website, suggesting it’ll get a wider release at some point. Although the page was only live for a few moments, it was enough to get a little more information on the phone. For example, the screen will have an 854×480 pixel resolution, and a MicroSD card slot will increase the standard 4GB of memory.
It’s going to be interesting to see if the Desire 310 will be the first in a line of HTC phones with a MediaTek processor.