HTC Desire 8 phablet seen in leaked press renders [Update]

Yesterday HTC announced that they were changing their strategy for 2014, by putting more emphasis on mid-range devices. Now, just a day later, images of the Desire 8, one of the company’s upcoming mid-range handsets have leaked online.

The image above was leaked on a Chinese site and has since been confirmed by Engadget to represent an actual device that HTC will launch soon. It’s named the Desire 8 and it seems to be a phablet-type device, having a large 5.5-inch screen. Its resolution is currently unknown.

As you can see in the image above, the Desire 8 takes some familiar design cues from recent HTC products. The body, though similar in design to the One series, will most likely be made out of polycarbonate, and will come in a variety of colors including white, red, yellow, orange and cyan.

The handset will also reportedly feature a 13-megapixel camera alongside a 5-megapixel front facing shooter. Neither of these will use the Ultrapixel technology that’s common to high-end HTC handsets.

This handset is rumoured to launch on March 18th but may also be shown off in a couple of weeks at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. In either case, HTC seems to be taking its new strategy very seriously and if priced appropriately this device may actually prove to be a hit.

Update: This story has pretty much been confirmed by HTC themselves. The company has posted a teaser for the upcoming Desire 8 on Weibo. The teaser features the exact same image you see above, and while the specs of the device are still unconfirmed it's obvious they're very close to the mark. There's little new info on when the device might launch. The company seems to be taunting Beijing February 24th as a possible launch date but the original March reveal is still a strong possibility. 

 Source: Mydrivers via: Engadget | Image via Engadget

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lol @ iphone clone, the only similarities are that they both have a screen and alike functions :b
I like it, too bad my HTC Sensation XE broke, it was one good piece of hardware.
Now that I'm with a LG Optimus 4x, I really miss the Sense interface.

MidnightDevil said,
lol @ iphone clone, the only similarities are that they both have a screen and alike functions :b
I like it, too bad my HTC Sensation XE broke, it was one good piece of hardware.
Now that I'm with a LG Optimus 4x, I really miss the Sense interface.

Yes ofc you didnt notice the camera in the far corner nor the shape.

Gladiatorus said,
Another unsupported device by your friends from HTC.

Why do you say HTC? Its Android that only supports devices for 12 months.

GlitchDroidSchweetz said,
Great news to hear that HTC is finally going to release an 8 inch tablet in the style of the HTC One Soon! I 've been dreaming for HTC to do this and they'll finally do this!


It's only a 5.5 inch screen, according to the article.

D. FiB3R said,

It's only a 5.5 inch screen, according to the article.
GlitchDroid is talking about another rumor that HTC is producing a 8 inch tablet - not the phone referred in this article.

Phouchg said,
Stop senselessly reusing Desire moniker and invent new names.

IKR it pisses me off everything I try to search for my htc one there a whole heap of One x and One X+ and One S forums showing up.

Looks great, however what's the point in buying something that will get maybe 1 update in the 3+ years customers are going to be using it for.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Why ruin a decent phone by putting Windows Phone on it?

it can't be decent enough until its running WP

Don't think HTC is going to make a big dent.... They are still miserable at supporting their products & releasing updates for more than 9-12 months...

That's pretty much the reason my parents and I left HTC (after having about 2 HTC phones each). The specs are nearly always high-end in the phones that we had and they were of pretty good build. However this lack of support from HTC is just off-putting. Their customer service also needs a lot of work.

Glad they are sticking with that style and not producing several different designs. Tho, I still dont like HTC in the middle like that.