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Meet the HTC Desire 616: HTC's first octa-core Android smartphone

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Meet the HTC Desire 616: HTC's first octa-core Android smartphone
We’ve been hearing about a possible octa-core HTC handset since last year. Today, we can finally confirm its existence, its name, and some of its features. The smartphone is called HTC Desire 616 (or 616w), and it’s just been approved by Chinese authorities.

Obviously, the Desire 616 is nothing like the HTC One M8 flagship - which was officially introduced yesterday, and can already be purchased in select markets (including in the US).

It seems that this new Desire is made specifically for China, where there is high demand for octa-core smartphones, although these usually aren’t more powerful than quad-core units.

The Desire 616 is made out of plastic, coming with an octa-core 1.7GHz MediaTek processor and 1GB of RAM. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, weighs 150 grams, and measures 142 x 71.9 x 9.1 mm. The handset sports a 5-inch 720p display, and has an 8MP camera with LED flash on the back. It should be available in five color versions: black, blue, white, red and yellow. Exact details on its release and pricing aren’t known at the moment.

The Desire 616 won’t be HTC’s first handset to use a MediaTek SoC. Earlier this month, the Taiwanese company announced the low-end Desire 310 (which features a quad-core 1.3GHz MT6582M processor). Moreover, a Desire 516 is also supposed to be released in China soon.

While these new Desire smartphones won't do much for HTC's goal to be seen as a premium brand, they might help when it comes to sales volumes and profit margins. 

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posted on 26 Mar 2014, 01:41 10

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8839; Member since: 14 May 2012)


The front is what the M8 should have been.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 01:43 3

3. Duketytz (Posts: 515; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


But but there's no stereo speaker:(

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 02:05

9. hurrycanger (Posts: 1253; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Even though I do think the front of the M8 is a step down from the M7, it's not bad. Now comparing the front of the M8 to the front of this phone... omg, this front is pretty ugly, man. You must be kidding. Please tell me you were kidding...

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 02:22

11. maherk (Posts: 1117; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


I won't go this far. But while I was rooting for this phone, and how sleek it is, I saw the comparison video with the M7, and it would've made sense being this tall with a true 5" screen and capacitive screen buttons, not the on screen buttons. Again, as much I am in love with the gorgeous curves on this phone, I did find it awkward for a 5 incher to be this tall.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 04:05 1

18. giani (Posts: 269; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


He thinks samsungs are good looking phones. Enough said. Don't waste yr time with him.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 04:52 1

19. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


STFU dude... It means no bottom speaker

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 01:43 6

2. aayupanday (Posts: 520; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


That Camera would be better than that on the M8

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 02:04

7. Muayyad (Posts: 138; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


In perfect conditions, May be.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 08:21

22. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


aka in 99% of all conditions.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 01:56 1

5. kingEngine (Posts: 20; Member since: 05 Mar 2014)


Looks decent but needs more 4.4

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 02:04

8. Muayyad (Posts: 138; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)


Gotta love mediatek support!

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 02:40

14. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2805; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Now HTC is also following their flagship's design everywhere, atleast midrange.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 02:56

15. ancellim (Posts: 28; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


5'' and HD screen? This is the successor to the Desire 600 last year - its codename was 606w, and this is 616w. HTC always gives a better design and user interface than all other brands. Which brand can give you a 5'' HD screen and 1.7 GHz processor?

posted on 27 Mar 2014, 08:01

23. maroon1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)


Are you aware that GHz mean noting when you compare different acrhiture. MediaTek Octa is based on ARM Cortex A7 which is a low-end and low power CPU used for budget phones.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 02:56

16. nlbates66 (Posts: 311; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


has media-booooo chipset, no thanks.

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 05:30

20. Lt.Green (Posts: 394; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Why don't they use SD600s anymore?

posted on 26 Mar 2014, 08:01

21. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Now this is the HTC I would buy.

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