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Mystery solved: HTC Desire 816 should run Android 4.4.2 KitKat at launch

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Mystery solved: HTC Desire 816 should run Android 4.4.2 KitKat at launch

HTC showcased its brand new Desire 816 at MWC 2014 last week, but it didn’t say what Android version the device would run at launch. Fortunately, we can now confirm that it’s going to be Android 4.4.2 KitKat - at least for the China-bound variant of the smartphone, which is called Desire 816w.

The 816w was recently approved by China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center (Tenaa), and we were able to obtain details regarding its OS. As we already mentioned, this handset does indeed run Android 4.4.2. So we’re thinking that it would make little sense for the international model to come with something else than KitKat.

HTC said that the Desire 816 would be released around the world starting April. It will be available even in the US, where AT&T and Sprint could be among the carriers selling it.

Unlike the upcoming All New HTC One / M8, the Desire 816 is not a high-end smartphone. Still, it looks pretty good, and it offers a set of nice mid-range features, including: a 5.5-inch 720p display (267 ppi), LTE connectivity, a quad-core 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 5MP front-facing camera, 13MP rear camera, and 8GB of expandable internal memory. The new Desire has a fairly large 2,600 mAh battery, and will come in multiple color versions, including black, white, green, yellow and pink.

Here's our HTC Desire 816 hands-on, in case you want to take a closer look at the smartphone.

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posted on 05 Mar 2014, 23:08 6

1. darkskoliro (Posts: 991; Member since: 07 May 2012)


The 5mp FF camera pretty much confirms that the new HTC One will have 5mp FF as well

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 23:13 5

3. GeekMovement (Posts: 1505; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


That would be amazing! It's too bad Samsung stuck with its 2mp camera in front of the S5. Would have been a good opportunity to start bumping that feature up. I'm looking forward to HTC.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 23:39 3

5. darkskoliro (Posts: 991; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Say what you want about selfies but I also have a night life and a better low light sensor and higher megapixel count would be my priority! ;) Given HTC keeps their amazing wide angle view :D

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 00:00 2

7. GeekMovement (Posts: 1505; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Yeah definitely low light quality ensured first and then raise the mp accordingly. I don't do selfies, but I think video chats could definitely see an improvement with better camera (: wide angle is excellent.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 23:09 1

2. QuadFace (Posts: 63; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


This is so cool.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 23:32 2

4. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2700; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


What would be the price of this beautiful device?

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 01:06 1

8. Doakie (Posts: 1282; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I really like the overall look of this phone and the specs are okay. But the name is stupid. HTC needs to hire a branding specialist.... HTC One X, S, & V in 2012. Then the HTC One, One Max, and One Mini in 2013. Then "The All New One" in 2014. Now we have a phone that is going to be named Desire 816... 816? Really?!?

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 23:43 1

6. Anshulonweb (Posts: 325; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


I hope they price it right.....in India their products are highly overpriced.... I mean they price the HTC one mini same as xperia z....same goes with there other products

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 01:40 1

10. CreedFrancis (Posts: 21; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


I actually like the design of this more than the M8.

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 07:57

12. newbey123 (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


This will probably be the best mid range device on the market. Good job HTC.

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