HTC is planning to announce its mid-range Desire 8 handset on 24 February in Beijing, according to a posting on HTC's official Weibo account. 

The company is remaining quiet on details until then. However, leaks from last week have indicated the Desire 8 will feature a 5.5-inch display, 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 13-megapixel rear-camera, 5-megapixel front-camera, 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, front-facing speakers, and no buttons, like the rumoured HTC M8. It's tipped to be available in white, red, yellow, orange and cyan.

Following HTC's posting, website LlabTooFer claims the handset will be available globally in China, Europe, Africa, US and Asia. The only carriers named were AT&T and Sprint in the US. 

Software-wise, the Desire 8 handset is expected to pack Android 4.4.2 and Sense 6.0, which hasn't been announced by the company yet. 

The Desire 8 won't be taking on HTC's upcoming M8 flagship, but instead will be aiming at customers on a budget. It will make the largest non-flagship HTC handset yet. 

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