A little more than a week ago, we found out that HTC was planning to release another HTC One variant in Q4. That particular phone should turn out to be the gigantic HTC One Max, which was featured here, but there was also news of two or three more mid-range models, one of which should turn out to be the HTC Zara. If you’ve always dreamed of getting the HTC One but couldn’t afford it, the HTC Zara is a great alternative for a number of reasons.
HTC Zara: MSM8930 (2 x 1.2GHz), 4.5" qHD, 1GB/8GB (microSD), 8MP, 2100mAh, JB 4.3, Sense 5.5, Q4 pic.twitter.com/WswKeLJLYz
— @evleaks (@evleaks) August 20, 2013
Based on the image leaked by @evleaks, the HTC Zara’s design will closely mimic that of the HTC One. It won’t feature the same aluminum finish though as it’s likely to come in plastic, but it still looks better than most mid-range OEM devices out there (*cough, Samsung, *cough). What’s interesting is that it appears the Zara will sport HTC BoomSound front-facing speakers and Beats Audio, much like its more expensive counterpart.
Obviously, the Zara won’t feature the same specs as the HTC One. Instead, it will feature a smaller 4.5 inch qHD screen, 1.2GHz dual core MSM8930 processor by Qualcomm, 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage, which should be expandable via micro SD. While it won’t be the same UltraPixel Camera as on the One, the HTC Zara will still feature a respectable 8mp camera to go along with a 2,100mAh battery, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and HTC Sense 5.5 UI.
Another interesting aspect about the HTC Zara is that not only should it run the latest version of Android out of the box, but it will also come with a new version of HTC’s Sense UI. As far as I know, no other phone is slated to come out with Sense 5.5, whether as an update or out of the box, so if you’re looking for any improvements to the already functional UI, the HTC Zara is a phone to look out for.
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