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HTC expands U.S. availability of its 2014 Desire line

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HTC expands U.S. availability of its 2014 Desire line
HTC announced Monday, that it is expanding the availability of the 2014 HTC Desire series in the U.S. Customers of AT&T have been able to purchase the mid-range HTC Desire 610 since the end of July, and U.S. consumers have also been able to make the purchase directly from HTC's U.S. website. AT&T recently offered the phone for .99 cents with a two-year contract, although the regular retail price is $199.99 with a subsidy.

The HTC Desire 610 features a 4.7 inch screen with resolution of 480 x 854. A quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU is on board, with the Adreno 305 GPU crunching graphics. 1GB of RAM is inside with 8GB of native storage. A 128GB microSD slot offers more memory if required. Back and front-facing cameras weigh in at 8MP and 1.3MP respectively, and a 2040mAh battery keeps the lights on. Android 4.4.4 is pre-installed out of the box.

The HTC Desire 816 is expected to be coming tomorrow to Virgin Mobile, priced at $299. An unlocked variant of the handset can be purchased directly from HTC. Both HTC Desire models have some of the features that you've been seeking, such as the front-facing BoomSound speakers. If you listen to a lot of music, or watch a ton of videos, you're going to want to have BoomSound on your phone. Zoe Highlights helps you create mini movies with your own soundtracks and effects, and HTC BlinkFeed aggregates users' selected news feeds into a "snackable experience on their homescreens." The HTC Desire handsets feature "large graphic-rich screens." The phones are made of premium material and will be offered in a variety of colors and sizes from a number of carriers and retailers through the end of the year.

The HTC Desire 816 is equipped with a  5.5 inch Super LCD 2 screen featuring resolution of 720 x 1280. A quad-core 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU is under the hood, while the Adreno 305 GPU handles graphics. 1.5GB of RAM is inside, along with 8GB of native storage. Those needing additional memory can use the 128GB capacity microSD slot. A 13GB snapper can be found on back, while a 5MP camera adorns the front of the model. The 2600mAh keeps the lights on, and Android 4.4.2 is pre-installed out of the box.

via: AndroidCentral

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posted on 11 Aug 2014, 17:23

1. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

What is off contract price of 610?
If its normally $200 on contract, its hugely overpriced.

As well as the 816, is that $299 on contract?
If so, HTC has let go of the rope an kicked out the chair.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 17:44 1

4. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

Off contract LOLOLOLOL.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 18:56

8. Landmarkcm (Posts: 506; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)

I would not recommend the 610 at all. Even if you do not care to much about the camera. It is pretty bad & the screen not so good either. Your much better off with Moto G, Moto G LTE, or Moto X. You can read my pretty lengthy review of the 610 on amazon :). I don't think I would try another HTC again myself too until they brig down those enormous bezels lol. On the the 610 especially. It's way to big for a 4.7 inch screen device.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 17:36 1

2. fanboysrdumb (Posts: 44; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)

The 816 is fair priced and it will be available then the s**tplus**t it's
Good 300$ the specs are good and it's stylish and looks better then crap Samsung midrange devices which are knock offs

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 17:41

3. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

Off contact, on contact I'm not sold.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 17:48 1

6. Jinto (Posts: 436; Member since: 15 Jan 2014)

Hello fanboysrdumb, meet the Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4g

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 17:46

5. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

What the bloody f*ck is a "13 GB" camera? Phonearena your muddaass needs to watches these damn errors!!! This site gets too much traffic for little stupid errors LOLOL. Also any word on band support? All major GSM bands in the US I hope...

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 19:36 1

10. Tuxedo_SNjr (Posts: 16; Member since: 01 May 2014)

Obvisouly it means that each image is 13gb in size. (Sarcasm)

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 18:22 1

7. PryvateiDz (Posts: 264; Member since: 31 Jul 2011)

They are expanding availability, but I wish it was across all carriers. Like why leave the HTC Desire on Sprint (Virgin Mobile), I heard it could be going to Sprint Postpaid too. But not have it on all carriers. I mean Sprint is the worst network when it comes to stuff like 4G speeds overall. And the Desire 610 is more lower-end, and it's only on AT&T. Meh. I want the Desire 816 on T-Mobile.

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 19:35

9. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

Bish you ain't lying... I'd do some very gay things to John Legere to if he'd just get the effing 816 on T-mo...LMAO...

posted on 11 Aug 2014, 22:15

11. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)

Desire 816 for $299, that's very good pricing. Why the h*ll HTC pricing at $360 here. In other countries it should not be more than $310-$320.

posted on 12 Aug 2014, 02:10

13. Doakie (Posts: 2227; Member since: 06 May 2009)

Yeah..... No thanks. If I was dropping around $300 for a new unlocked phone it would be the Ascend Mate2 4G... None of these Desire phones seem desirable to me.

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