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Affordable HTC Desire 516 announced for Europe, KitKat not included

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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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posted on 03 Jul 2014, 18:59 1

1. salaal (Posts: 109; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)

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

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 00:48

6. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

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

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 19:04

2. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)

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

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 19:05 2

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 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.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 21:59

4. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)

old os version, belongs in the trash.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 23:06

5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 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.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 02:34

7. alumoyo (Posts: 369; Member since: 26 Aug 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.

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 03:01

8. tiara6918 (Posts: 2111; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 04 Jul 2014, 09:01 1

9. hafini_27 (Posts: 898; Member since: 31 Oct 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

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