HTC has confirmed that its new handset, the HTC Desire 650, will be released in the UK in February. Representing the "functional but fun" ethos of the Desire line, the handset has an unusual back panel design that's half smooth and half grooved. HTC says the ribbed texture "offers enhanced ergonomics for a more comfortable experience" and "adds extra security in your hand with a firmer grip, while also letting you know just by touch which way is up."
Running Android 6.0 Marshmallow (ie not the current version, Nougat), the Desire 650 offers HTC's signature software experience HTC Sense baked in. Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (quad-core, 1.6 GHz), 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, although it does blessedly include a microSD slot so you can add more space.
The groovy design includes a 13MP main camera encased in a colour-matched protective ring, a 5MP front shooter with HTC's baffling Voice Selfie and Live Makeup modes, and a 2200mAh battery. And if that grip on the back isn't enough to keep it from falling out of your hand, the 5-inch 720p (HD) screen is also equipped with super-tough Gorilla Glass.
The Desire 650 will be available in two colourways: Dark Blue and Lime Light (see what you did there, HTC), although partner O2 will only stock the former. We don't have confirmed pricing yet but this is looking like an affordable choice for the phone-dropper in your life.
While you're announcing phones, HTC, any chance of that Vive handset we spotted recently?