Affordable HTC Desire 516 announced for Europe, KitKat not included

Affordable HTC Desire 516 announced for Europe, KitKat not included
The HTC Desire 516 is a smartphone that we first saw in China, where it was officially launched back in March. Now, HTC announced that the handset would also be available in Europe.

Starting early August, the Desire 516 will be sold in Austria and Switzerland. HTC will ask €199 (about $270) for the new device, offering it unlocked. As you’d imagine, we’re not dealing with a high-end smartphone here. The new Desire is a dual SIM handset that offers a 5-inch qHD (540 x 960) display, a 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of expandable memory. Sadly, HTC didn’t manage to put Android KitKat on board, so the 516 runs Android Jelly Bean (which means Sense 6.0 UI is also out of the question).

The Desire 516 is the second dual SIM smartphone that HTC announces in Europe this week, after the high-end One M8 Dual.

Apart from being released in China and coming soon to Austria and Switzerland, the HTC Desire 516 is also available in India. We don’t know if the handset will be released in other markets.

source: HTC (translated)

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Desire 516
  • Display 5.0 inches
    960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 200, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 4GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1950 mAh
  • OS Android 4.3



9. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

If HTC really want to enter the low-end market. They better make phones worth the price. Seriously, Samsung or lg now put latest 4.4 on their cheap phones

8. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Ugly combination of stock android and sense. This phone is not worth the penny

7. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

Question - how good are these dual sim smartphones? How good are the software enhancements for dual sim? For example, most dual sim users will have different networks providers for their two sim cards: and different networks usually have have different number prefixes. Is it possible to set a specific prefix for a certain sim card - say all numbers beginning with 077 dial on sim 1 automatically and all numbers starting with 079 dial on sim 2 automatically. And then all international calls also get assigned to a specific sim, which may not necessarily be set as your default. Also, can you do the same for contacts groups? So that all contacts saved as business will dial on one sim, while all those in the family group will be dialled on another sim. Or do they only offer options for default data and default voice-call? Because that would be a half baked solution IMHO.

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Man that's overpriced... And JB? Is it 2012 or 13? Hope this and the other chinese jelly bean mediatek crap don't sell.... These are responsible for android fragmentation along with LG.

4. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

old os version, belongs in the trash.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Why did HTC put JB instead of KK? The S200 would have performed a lot faster on 4.4... Sometimes I question their logic.

2. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Way too expensive. Moto G is a much better value...

1. salaal

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

150 euros would be better 200 is simply overpriced heck even 150 is a bit overpriced 120-130 euros is a fine price.

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

In India, it has $230-$235 price. KK could have been better.

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