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HTC outs the "flagship mid-range" Desire 816 and Desire 610, fresh design in tow

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Turns out, rumors were true, and the HTC M8 flagship won't be seeing the light of day just yet, but the Taiwanese company sure didn't come to the MWC 2014 empty-handed! The very opposite, actually -- the struggling manufacturer outed two new devices, the Desire 816 and Desire 610. The two new HTC phones showcase an evolution from the HTC One's design, and it would be unfair not to mention just how impressed we are with their looks. The simplistic design that HTC has chosen for its two new devices cements the notion that great-looking Android phones are not fiction.

Now, both these devices objectively belong to the mid-range class, but it's undeniable that the Desire 816 sports the more impressive specs set. It's also the device that HTC will betting heavily on, according to Jeff Gordon, Senior Global Online Communications Manager at HTC. So much so that the Desire 610 wasn't actually even showcased during HTC's event today.

HTC Desire 816


So what's the Desire 816 all about, then? For starters, it's quite the device, at 5.5-inches. The large screen is powered by a 720x1280 HD resolution, which works out to about 267 pixels per inch, so reasonably sharp. The device is being powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, a chip we've seen handling Android pretty well in the past. The amount of RAM, at 1.5GB, is quite generous (pending price, of course), and 8GB of internal storage we can stomach, thanks to the microSD card slot. HTC has gone down the well-traversed path with the camera on the Desire 816 -- no Ultrapixels or any of that jazz. Instead, we're treated to a 13-megapixel, f/2.2 aperture unit, capable of 1080p video capture. Up front, we've got an impressive 5-megapixel cam, with f/2.8, wide-angle lens, and it can do 720p capture. Not bad at all. Apart from the now standard connectivity cache -- Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, and optional NFC -- the Desire 816 also touts 4G LTE connectivity. The battery, at 2600mAh, is average for this type of device. Last but not least, the phone touts a duo of HTC's respectable BoomSound front stereo speakers. That's a pretty amazing package, if HTC manages to price it right. The start of global availability is set for April, though the handset will start selling in China as early as March.

HTC Desire 610


Next to the Desire 816, the Desire 610 sounds something we're used. A less massive, 4.7-inch qHD (540x960) display is what we have here, or a pixel density of about 234. A lower bin of the same quad-core Snapdragon 400 ticks at 1.2GHz this time around, and we're only treated to 1GB of RAM. The situation with on-board storage is identical, however -- 8GB built-in, with an option for expansion through a microSD card. The camera department is not too bad, either -- we've got an 8-megapixel, f/2.4 aperture unit capable of 720p video capture. Taking the front is a 1.3-megapixel specimen, again capable of 720 video recording. Bluetooth 4.0, W-Fi, GPS, optional NFC, and 4G LTE are, BoomSound speakers are all, once again, available. Battery capacity sits at 2040mAh. Like the Desire 816, pricing hasn't been revealed just yet, though we're told to expect the Desire 610 in Europe as early as May.

Any takers?

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:07 7

1. miguelmeza14 (Posts: 55; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)


Gorgeous

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:09 1

2. Reeyawn (Posts: 62; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


I hope they got rid of the ultrapixel for good..

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:22

3. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Looks real nice, and I guess these are for 'not America'...lol:
these are the bands that the phone comes with:
TECHNOLOGY
GSM:
850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS:
850, 900, 2100 MHz
FDD LTE:
800 (band 20), 900 (band 8), 1800 (band 3), 2600 (band 7) MHz
So, looks it will work with some of our bands here in the states
T mo requires 1700/2100, 1900, or 850...
AT&T is 850/1900 and 1700/2100

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 11:29

10. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


Doesn't T-Mobile use 2600 for LTE or HSPDA?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:31 8

4. darkskoliro (Posts: 953; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Design is killing me. First time I have wanted a mid ranger...? O_o

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:36 4

5. muqtadir (Posts: 6; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


great looking device,samsung you should learn from HTC.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:40 3

6. Dude2014 (Posts: 125; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)


Samsung should learn from this -_-

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:41 4

7. hassoups (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


After my iPhone 4s I've owned 2 galaxies. Today samsung disappointed me the same way apple did 2 years ago. These are even better looking than HTC's main flagship and will surely buy one. When a company are doing something right, you have to commend them.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 10:48 1

8. networkdood (Posts: 6261; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


So, because the design looks real good, you are going to buy a phone that is a mid range phone? Hmmmm

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 11:12 1

9. hassoups (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


How many midrange phones look good these days? And yes I need a midrange phone for lab work.
Btw, don't get your knickers in a twist because I mentioned Samsung. When I'm disappointed I voice my opinion and if you can't do that, then that's just being a sheep. I still like the note 3 though lol

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 11:59 1

12. cripton805 (Posts: 907; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


I feel the same way. I like Samsung, but I dont really like their designs. I dont like that their whole line is based on that design.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 12:46 1

13. Doakie (Posts: 1174; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I too buy mid range phones for work use. I carry around daily a Note 3 and a Moto G. The Moto G is surprisingly good for how cheap it is, the quad core Snapdragon 400 doesn't run bad with a 720p screen so I wouldn't fret about the processor for normal everyday usage. However I'm starting to play more and more complex games on my phones so I'm worried about long term slowdown on the 400. But you're right the Desire 816 is a very tempting phone. The design is nice and the hardware isn't horrible. Now only if they release an unlocked one compatible with US frequency bands.

But on a side note; with how AT&T essentially released customers from their subsidized plans with the $160 10 GB Mobile Share Value Plan and from this point on me and my wife are looking at buying phones full price. I'm quite pleased with some of the phones I'm seeing this year. Zenfones, Desires and BLU Life phones oh my!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 12:58

14. hassoups (Posts: 278; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


I was really surprised how solid the Moto G is for it's price.. There's a lot of choice this year in every department and that's good for everyone. I really think it's gonna be a good year especially for the midrange. The top of the line all look pretty disappointing right now, maybe the only excitement is the bigger display iPhone and that's just getting out of the stone age but nevertheless a really smart time for them to do it.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 11:34 3

11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5557; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


nice, great competition for the iPhone 5C.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 01:08

15. dave.sarszegi (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


iPhone 5C clone

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