HTC Desire 816 now available to buy in Europe, costs around $400

Launched in some Asian markets in March, the new HTC Desire 816 can now be purchased in Europe, too. For the moment, we’re seeing it available only in Romania, but we assume that customers in other European countries will be able to buy it pretty soon as well.

An unlocked Desire 816 is offered for $405 (1,299 RON) in Romania. The version that's available has dual SIM support - which might not be the case with the variants sold in other markets.

Announced at MWC 2014 in late February, the HTC Desire 816 is a large mid-end smartphone that measures 6.17 x 3.10 x 0.31 inches (156.6 x 78.7 x 7.99 mm) and runs Android 4.4 KitKat. That aside, it offers a 5.5-inch 720p display, quad-core 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 13MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera, 1.5GB of RAM, and 8GB of expandable internal memory. The handset comes with a 2600 mAh battery.

It’s said that the Desire 816 will also be released in the UK and the US, most probably starting May. AT&T might carry the new Desire in the US, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet.

source: QuickMobile (translated)

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Desire 816
  • Display 5.5 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1.5GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
    HTC Sense UI



19. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I would prefer a Snapdragon 801 and a 5" display. That would make this the perfect phone for me.

15. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Can't you get an unlocked note 2 at that price?

14. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

And this is how m8 should look

13. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

I think if htc had priced it at 300$-350$ range, then it would have kicked other midrangers out of the park........

7. gamit

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

quite expensive...shudn't be more than $330....screen is also quite large..5.5".. holding in hand..or keeping in pocket looks odd...

6. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

I love htc's flagships(using the m8 now), but they always seem to overprice their mid-range and budget phones. Also, 5.5" 720p sounds like a horrible idea.

5. iphone5cuserguide

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

I think it's going to be a hit in the USA for sure

4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Too expensive IMO. Costs more than Nexus 5, which is a much better phone...

8. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Excuse this reply.

11. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

PA should add an option to delete your posts within a certain time...

18. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Many devices cost more than the Nexus 5 despite being technically worse. It's because Google is a huge corporation that doesn't specialize in hardware and can take small margins.

3. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

HTC finally got their pricing right.

9. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Moto X is better in ways for less than $400.

10. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

But as far as I'm concerned, it's US (UK???) exclusive.

12. amiroo3

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

i dont think so cus 816 much better than moto x in case of spc and design.

17. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Moto X and Desire 816 are in different category. However, with front facing speakers are very nice :D

1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Love this design.... And great mid range phablet.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Agreed, I hope to see this bad boy on major US carriers and maybe even some of the prepaid carriers.

16. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

If it does not come to the US, it wouldn't be too expensive to find one on eBay.

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