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HTC announces Desire 816 and 610 at MWC14

While Samsung and Sony were busy showing off their flagship smartphones, HTC tried to bring some of the flagship features to their latest mid range devices.

HTC has launched the Desire 816 and Desire 610, both these devices borrow some genes from the HTC One phones, but with a lower price tag.

HTC Desire 816


The phablet carries a massive 5.5 inch screen, but no fancy 1080p stuff, but rather sports a respectful 720×1280 pixel resolution display. It is powered by a quad core Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.6GHz. There is 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB internal memory which is expandable upto 128GB. There’s no ultra pixel camera but HTC has managed to put in a 13 megapixel snapper, along with a decent 5 MP front camera for better selfies. The battery is non-removable and has a capacity of 2600 mAh.

Inheriting from the HTC One is the Sense 5.5 UI with BlinkFeed on top of Android KitKat 4.4, there is Zoe for photographs as well. There’s famous BoomSound dual frontal stereo speakers with dedicated amplifiers on the Desire 816. On the design front too, Desire 816 looks like a plastic version of the HTC One, even then it looks good and the glossy plastic body might help HTC keep the price low.

HTC Desire 610


This is the smaller sibling of the Desire 816 with trimmed down size and specs. It features a 4.7 inch qHD (960×540) pixel display, which is frankly not very sharp. Under the hood there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad core processor clocked at 1.2Ghz, along with Adreno 305. There’s 1GB of RM and 8GB internal storage expandable upto 64GB. The rear camera on the Desire 610 has a 8MP sensor while the in the front there is a 1.3Mp one. The battery has a capacity of 2040 mAh.

Same set of software from the Desire 816 makes its way to the Desire 610. On the design front it looks like a smaller version of the Desire 816, clad in glossy plastic with BoomSound speakers in the front.

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Both the devices come in multiple colours and has 4G LTE capability for high speed connectivity. HTC Desire 816 is going to be launched in China next month, with a global launch in April. The HTC Desire 610 will be available across Europe from May. There’s no word about the pricing yet for both the devices, but HTC has assured that they will fall in the mid-range segment and the price tags might surprise us. Is HTC trying to do something like the Moto G?

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