HTC Desire 816 also garners 1 million pre-orders in China...or did it?

HTC Desire 816 also garners 1 million pre-orders in China...or did it?
Some excitement came out of China this past week when it was revealed that the Nokia X had picked up 1 million pre-orders in China after just four days. However, that figure turned out to be tainted when it was discovered that the pre-orders came from China's JD.com. The popular online retailer in the country was allowing prospective Nokia X buyers to register pre-orders without requiring a payment to secure the order. To make matters worse, the retailer featured a contest that required that visitors to the site press the pre-order button in order to be entered. The prize? Why, a Nokia X handset, of course.

It seems that something similar has taken place with pre-orders for the HTC Desire 816. When it was announced last week that HTC's handset had scored 450,000 pre-orders, the news was considered so positive for the Taiwan manufacturer that its shares rose. And this weekend, HTC's Weibo account featured the news that the HTC Desire 816 had hit the 1 million mark in pre-orders. Time to celebrate in Taiwan?

Well, as it turned out, those 1 million pre-orders for HTC's phone were just as illusory as the million pre-orders for the Nokia X. HTC, in fact, called it a "0 Yuan pre-order" which is about what the value of these pre-orders are to both Nokia and HTC.


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source: HTC (translated) via GforGames

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Desire 816
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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11 Comments

1. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Regardless of how many pre-orders, I feel the Desire 816 is the first handset in the Desire series to make me want it in a long time, even if it is a mid-ranger.

6. ari5501

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

So what your saying, is that you finally Desire this phone?

7. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Almost chuckled at your pun ;) The only Desire phone that I want(ed) is the Desire HD. This somehow makes me re-consider though :D

2. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

This or the T2 Ultra? Price will decide.

4. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

The HTC Desire 816 has a faster processor, more RAM, and a polycarbonate body, while the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra has a biger screen, a bigger battery, and a glass body.

8. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I'd pick 816, but I guess it's a preferance question.

3. Carlitos

Posts: 671; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Wow Lml played.

5. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Best mid range device offering. Good job HTC

9. Epicness1o1

Posts: 306; Member since: May 30, 2013

Going to get this one

10. satoofy

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

goooooooooooooood htc

11. neartx

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2014

this is very good and lovely phone in miderange

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