How many objectively different smartphone can one company release under the same name? And how long can it keep that routine going? When we see a manufacturer like Samsung release a flagship Galaxy phone running different SoCs in different markets, it’s one thing, but as more and more of those specs change, and more and more time passes between launches, are we really looking at multiple variants of the same smartphone, or what might be more properly talked about as fully distinct models? That’s the question we’re asking about HTC today, as we learn about yet another handset making its debut as the Desire 626.
It’s been nearly a year at this point since HTC first launched the Desire 626, initially arriving as a five-inch 720p handset with a Snapdragon 410 for the Taiwanese market.
By summer, we had a pair of new Desire 626 phones, each swapping to a Snapdragon 210 and picking up a little extra RAM. The new 626 got an 8MP/5MP camera pair, while a similar 626S lost its NFC capabilities and downgraded its front-facer to a 2MP sensor.
That was three Desire 626 phones, and now we’ve got one more: a dual-SIM Desire 626 for India that returns to the original’s 13MP/5MP camera setup, boosts RAM to 2GB, and drops the Qualcomm chip in favor of a MediaTek MT6752 SoC.
If you’re having trouble keeping track of all these handsets at this point, we can hardly blame you. Will there be yet another Desire 626 out this coming summer, or have we finally reached the end of the line?
Source: Android Central