HTC Zara Leaks Out; evLeaks does it again:
Ever since the first report in late July by China Times that HTC is planning to unveil a new mid-range phone called “Zara” along with the previously rumored HTC One Max, more and more damning evidence has been cropping up to support the fact that this is indeed the case. We already know a lot about the HTC One Max, which is evidently going after the Samsung Note crowd with its 5.9” screen but next to nothing was known about the mysterious HTC Zara.
On July 23rd, the twitter handle @evleaks which is a reliable source of information about inside information on many upcoming smartphones chimed in on the report and corroborated it by saying that the HTC Zara is indeed in the works and that it would be a sort of mash up between One and Desire families. He provided no further information at the time but yesterday he went all in and provided us with not only the device’s specifications but also its first look thought to be an alleged press shot.
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
The picture does seems to confirm his original tweet about it being a hybrid between One and Desire as the overall design of the device borrows from both these phones heavily. It has the dual front speakers of the One and the camera styling of Desire. The entire front resembles the HTC One though plastic built instead of the metal-build that both those phones possess which must have been done in order to keep the price tag down.
When it comes to hardware, @evleaks reports that the phone will feature the dual-core Qualcomm 400 processor along with a 4.5” qHD display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage expandable by memory card, an 8MP rear camera and a 2100 mAh battery. All quite mid-range. One interesting fact about the HTC Zara though is that the phone will apparently feature the latest Android 4.3 with HTC’s Sense 5.5 UI on top. Sense 5.5 hasn’t been released yet and so will probably debut along with the phone.
The official debut of the device is pegged for September with a fall release on the cards.
If you are thinking why the picture above is watermarked @urbanstrata instead of the usual @evleaks, we can tell you all about it. It is just a clever piece of trolling by Evan Blass (the owner of the @evleaks handle) aimed at @urbanstrata (owned by one of HTC’s top PR people, Jeff Gordon) with whom @evleaks has been having a kind of feud for the past few months which began when Gordon called out @evleaks for the fake HTC One Max pictures. Mischievous indeed.[Via: Android Authority]