Verizon Wireless announces HTC Desire 612, availability starts Oct. 9th


Verizon Wireless, otherwise known as “Big Red,” announced yesterday that the new HTC Desire 612 smartphone will be added to its line up of mid-range devices. It will be made available today, October 9th, for free as long as the owner is willing to sign a new two-year contract with the provider.

HTC Desire 612 is actually a beefed up version of HTC Desire 610, which AT&T offers to its subscribers. Hardware specs of these devices are similar except for the design and the screen resolution.

Desire 610’s design resembles that of the company’s flagship. Verizon didn’t want that so it asked the manufacturer to have a different design; whether it’s better or not, you be the judge. Desire 612 was designed to project the image of the carrier instead of the manufacturer; it’s black with red lining along the edges.

Both devices have 4.7 inches display panels but Verizon’s 612 come with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution, which is higher than that of the 610 at 540 x 960 pixels. Needless to say, the former will have a more vivid and sharper display than the latter.

All other specs remained the same like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 8GB ROM and 1GB RAM. Both also runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box, although there’s no word if the device will get the 4.4.4 update anytime soon.

One last thing, HTC Desire 612 is XLTE-ready. So, if you’re an owner and you are in an area where Verizon rolled out its new XLTE technology, then you’ll be getting better and faster peak speeds.