Rumor: 4.5-inch HTC Zara coming later this year with Android 4.3 and Sense 5.5

If a new leak turns out to be correct, the HTC One Max isn’t the only new phone we can expect from the company this year, as we’ve been shown an image of the HTC Zara. From the look of the picture, the Zara is the love child of the HTC One and the HTC Desire, as it has a similar design to the One, and a plastic body like several examples in the cheaper Desire range.

Looking at HTC’s current range of phones, the Zara could fit somewhere in-between the One Mini and the Desire 500. The leaked image is accompanied by a few specs, which indicates the phone will have a 4.5-inch screen with a 960 x 540 pixel resolution, and be powered by a dual-core, 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400. The model number given is the MSM8930, which has 4G LTE built-in.

It’s also likely to have 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera, a microSD card slot, and a 2100mAh battery. Android 4.3 will be installed from the factory, and may have a new version of HTC’s user interface, Sense 5.5, laid over the top. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about the Zara, as the name showed up in a China Times article at the beginning of the month. It was joined by talk of the HTC T6, which we know as the One Max, and was given an approximate ship date of around November. The new leak, provided by the @evleaks Twitter account, says the Zara is expected between October and December.

If you’re looking at the picture above and wondering why, instead of an @evleaks watermark, it says @urbanstrata; it’s all part of a inside joke. The latter account belongs to Jeff Gordon, who is the Senior Global Online Comms Manager at, you’ve guessed it, HTC. He seems to get the joke, and sums it up beautifully in a tweet of his own, saying, “Welcome to my new followers. If you’re here because you saw my Twitter handle watermarked on a alleged leaked image, yes, I’m being trolled.”

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