5.5-inch HTC Desire 8 leaks on eve of Mobile World Congress

New details suggest HTC could debut a new member of the Desire family at the annual mobile conference or shortly thereafter.

The so-called Desire 8 could soon join HTC's Android portfolio. Engadget

HTC may soon introduce a new member of the Desire family, perhaps as soon as Mobile World Congress. A leaked image and basic hardware specifications have surfaced online, indicating that HTC is readying another sizable smartphone.

According to a "reliable" Engadget source, the Desire 8 is a midrange experience with a large, 5.5-inch display. Presumably powered by Android 4.4, the details could include a 13-megapixel rear camera, front-facing 5-megapixel shooter, dual speakers, and dual-SIM support. So far, that sounds fairly high end to us. The rumor also suggests a plastic body in multiple color options (like red, orange, yellow, and cyan blue), and on-screen navigation buttons.

If you look closely at the screenshot, you'll see a March 18 date and Beijing location, a hint that HTC could hold a press event on that Tuesday rather than use Mobile World Congress for its debut. The latter is a much larger world stage and takes place in late February, though HTC may decide to aim its product at Asia first with a more localized reveal. Either way, CNET will be in Barcelona come February 23 and will have first-hand coverage of the goings-on.

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