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HTC Desire 816 also garners 1 million pre-orders in China...or did it?

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HTC Desire 816 also garners 1 million pre-orders in China...or did it?
Some excitement came out of China this past week when it was revealed that the Nokia X had picked up 1 million pre-orders in China after just four days. However, that figure turned out to be tainted when it was discovered that the pre-orders came from China's JD.com. The popular online retailer in the country was allowing prospective Nokia X buyers to register pre-orders without requiring a payment to secure the order. To make matters worse, the retailer featured a contest that required that visitors to the site press the pre-order button in order to be entered. The prize? Why, a Nokia X handset, of course.

It seems that something similar has taken place with pre-orders for the HTC Desire 816. When it was announced last week that HTC's handset had scored 450,000 pre-orders, the news was considered so positive for the Taiwan manufacturer that its shares rose. And this weekend, HTC's Weibo account featured the news that the HTC Desire 816 had hit the 1 million mark in pre-orders. Time to celebrate in Taiwan?

Well, as it turned out, those 1 million pre-orders for HTC's phone were just as illusory as the million pre-orders for the Nokia X. HTC, in fact, called it a "0 Yuan pre-order" which is about what the value of these pre-orders are to both Nokia and HTC.

HTC celebrates pre-orders of 1 million units of the HTC Desire 816

HTC celebrates pre-orders of 1 million units of the HTC Desire 816


Thanks for the tip!

source: HTC (translated) via GforGames

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posted on 16 Mar 2014, 19:03 11

1. darkskoliro (Posts: 971; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Regardless of how many pre-orders, I feel the Desire 816 is the first handset in the Desire series to make me want it in a long time, even if it is a mid-ranger.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 22:09 3

6. ari5501 (Posts: 5; Member since: 16 Apr 2013)


So what your saying, is that you finally Desire this phone?

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 22:38 1

7. darkskoliro (Posts: 971; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Almost chuckled at your pun ;)
The only Desire phone that I want(ed) is the Desire HD.
This somehow makes me re-consider though :D

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 19:42

2. Lt.Green (Posts: 376; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


This or the T2 Ultra? Price will decide.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 20:16 4

4. Neo_Huang (Posts: 378; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


The HTC Desire 816 has a faster processor, more RAM, and a polycarbonate body, while the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra has a biger screen, a bigger battery, and a glass body.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 00:44 2

8. ihavenoname (Posts: 1393; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


I'd pick 816, but I guess it's a preferance question.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 19:59

3. Carlitos (Posts: 326; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Wow Lml played.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 20:19 2

5. newbey123 (Posts: 411; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


Best mid range device offering. Good job HTC

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 07:50

9. Epicness1o1 (Posts: 208; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Going to get this one

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 15:29

10. satoofy (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)


goooooooooooooood htc

posted on 18 Mar 2014, 16:11

11. neartx (banned) (Posts: 86; Member since: 15 Mar 2014)


this is very good and lovely phone in miderange

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