HTC enters with a entry-level choice for under $150

If the big news at Mobile World Congress didn’t satisfy your needs this week, HTC has another tidbit ready for consumption as a budget phone makes its way to Australia for those who don’t really care about spending much.

And if that is you, HTC is hoping its latest model, the Desire 320, fits the requirements, bringing budget features to what it thinks is a budget price.

This one is a basic one, and if you’re expecting 4G or high-class components, think again, with the Desire 320 including a 4.5 inch 854×480 screen, quad-core 1.3GHz processor, WiFi, Bluetooth, and enough storage to hold a few MP3s with 8GB of storage though a microSD slot is present in case you want to hold more.

Android isn’t running the very latest it could be, with 4.4 KitKat present here, but all up, it’s pretty up to date, and there’s a 5 megapixel camera here on the back, too, with a low-end VGA camera up front, for those low-end selfies you’re not sure you’re going to take, but just might anyway.


“Marrying super-fast processing with premium HTC features in a compact form, the HTC Desire 320 delivers a quality experience for the budget conscious well beyond its entry-level model status,” said Ben Hodgson, Country Manager for HTC in Australia and New Zealand.

“Following on from the success of the HTC Desire 310, it boasts enhanced power and memory to enable more people to benefit from a quality smartphone experience that delivers the perfect balance between smart essentials and value.”

Vodafone is taking this one, with the pricing kicking in at $149 for the prepaid HTC Desire 320, and as to whether it’s a good deal, we’re not sure.


While we’ve yet to see HTC’s Desire 320, it’s coming in at $50 more than Vodafone’s similarly budget $99 Huawei Y550 with similar specs and yet no access to 4G. This difference feels as if it’s being targeted at people unfamiliar with the Huawei name, and who may not need the 4G.

As always, we’d suggesting trying each of them before considering purchase, especially since there are some real points of difference between the models.