HTC Desire 816 and Desire 610 priced in Europe

After a disappointing 2013, HTC needs to step up its game this year if it wants to remain relevant in the increasingly competitive smartphone market. The Taiwanese company already announced three new smartphones in 2014, all being included in its mid- to low-end Desire series. But at least one of them, namely the Desire 816 (pictured above), could be mistaken for a high-end device.

The 816 will be released in China this month, and should hit shelves in Europe and North America starting April. But how much will it cost? Well, HTC didn’t provide an official price, but today we discovered that Amazon Germany is taking pre-orders for the handset, asking €379 for an unlocked unit. If you convert that to US Dollars you get $525 - which is certainly higher than what most people would pay for the Desire 816. However, we must take into consideration a few things:

  • a handset costing €379 in Europe usually costs around $400 in the US, not over $500 
  • in China, the Desire 816 is expected to cost 1,799 CNY, which means about $294, or €212
  • pre-order prices at Amazon (and most online sellers) are almost always higher than prices available at launch 
So we’d say that the Desire 816 could cost about €300 in Europe, and not more than $400 in the US. It remains to be seen if we’re right on this one.

The HTC Desire 816 should run Android 4.4.2 KitKat at launch. Its features include a 5.5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, LTE, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera, quad-core 1.6GHz Snapdragon processor, and 1.5GB of RAM. There’s 8GB of internal memory, thankfully expandable via a MicroSD slot.

Amazon Germany is also taking pre-orders for the 4.7-inch Desire 610, which was announced by HTC at the same time with the Desire 816. The 610 is currently priced at €299, and should be available starting May.

Later this month, on March 25, HTC will announce its flagship smartphone for 2014: the All New HTC One (codenamed M8).  

sources: (1), (2) (translated)

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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)
Desire 610
  • Display 4.7" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2040 mAh(15.8h 3G talk time)



1. Skoms

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 03, 2014

Looks stunning!

2. amro99

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

Reasonable pricing IMO

4. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

:-/ Not for the USA. When you can get a 16GB Moto G for $199, a 16GB Nexus 5 for $349, a 16 GB Blu Life One X for $279, or a 16 GB BLU Life View with a 5.7" 720p for $247..... I love you HTC but $400 is a rip.

5. Muayyad

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

If you compare it with Nexus 5, it is better with slightly higher price.

7. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

No the Nexus 5 is not 350$ every where. In Europe you paid 360 euros or 499$ which is more the 212 euro of the 816.

8. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

It is not 400 dollar, we don't know how much it cost beside pre order. The range is 294 to 400. Beside the Nexus which is subsidized by Google, the other phone are not better. The moto X has a worst camera front and back, no LTE support and only have 16 gig of storage with no SD. The moto X also has less ram. But I will say the blu life One X is good, but will it get any support, it is on 4.2 right now.

11. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

"The moto X has a worst camera front and back, no LTE support and only have 16 gig of storage with no SD. The moto X also has less ram." You must mean the Moto G, because the X has LTE and is able to be ordered with 32 GB of storage. You're right the G has a lower megapixel camera front and back, and you're right it has no LTE; however I get 10 Mbps downloads on T-Mobile so that is fully sufficient for a $199 phone. The fact that it only has 16 GB matters nothing in this comparison because the Desire 816 has only 8 GB of internal storage. This is the storage that the OS is installed on, all Google updates are installed on, as well as all the apps you install. My 16 GB Moto G has two 2 GB games installed, with all of Google's massive updates; including the new language pack which is what 400 MB and still has 6 GB available because its not loaded down with pictures. The expandable storage is nice for pictures and the download directory but that's about all its good for these days. The Desire will need every bit of extra RAM; the Moto G runs well because its OS is lean. Motorola didn't add any skin to the phone, just a couple add on apps and it runs smooth. I'm affraid Sense on top of the Snapdragon 400 will be too slow or choppy. Even if it was $350 I'd say you'd be better off buying a $350 Nexus 5 or a $200 Moto G...

12. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Oh also I should point out that the closest phone in specs to the Desire 816 is probably the Asus Zenfone 6. That's a phone that was announced at $199.... Both huge, one 5.5" and one 6", both 720p screens, both with 8 GB internal storage with expansion slots, both with 13 MP cameras. The Desire has dual front speakers, and it has LTE. The Zenfone has a half inch larger screen, 3230 mAh battery while the HTC has 2600 mAh, the ability to order a 16 GB, not to mention that its only priced at $199 US DOLLARS! Even if the Desire was $300 with the front facing speakers and LTE. I don't think I could justify paying $100 more which is 50% of the price of the Zenfone on top..... NUTS!

3. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

That's definitely reasonable for what you get.

6. Calm_down_mon

Posts: 43; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

So wait is the 816 price 380 euro ? Cause the Galaxy s4 is 400 Euro in the german amazon and yea .. I would actually not buy any of them cause one is priced as 1 year old flagship and the other ...I am just a simple Samsung hater :( .

9. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Why 1.5 GB? 2 GB would be good.

10. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

LG Nexus 5 (16GB) is priced off-contract here (small country in Europe) for 475 EUR. LG Nexus 4 is 373 EUR...

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