(Pocket-lint) - Although the launch of a HTC One M9 flagship phone was originally touted for CES, that never that likely - we favour a Mobile World Congress unveiling in February. Instead, HTC has announced a successor to the Desire 310 and it's even coming to the UK.

The HTC Desire 320 is an entry-level handset, but still packs in a quad-core 1.3GHz processor, 4.5-inch 854 x 480 resolution screen and 5-megapixel rear camera.

It comes with Android 4.4 Jelly Bean as standard, has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage (expandable by up to a further 32GB through microSD), and has a 2,100mAh battery quoted as lasting for up to 12 hours of talk time.

The handset is 145g and the phone measures 132 x 67.79 x 10.5 mm. There's a 0.3-megapixel camera on the front for video calling and low res selfies.

An FM radio is built into the device and it can play back all manner of music and video files as you'd expect. It's a 3G handset, so we expect it will be available on some of the cheapest network contracts and as a pay as you go device.

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What comes as perhaps the biggest surprise is that there are plans for this Desire phone to be released in the UK. It was previously thought to be destined for China and other Asian regions only.

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It will be available in both vanilla white and dark gray colour schemes.

Writing by Rik Henderson.