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HTC's octa-core Desire 616 to cost around $200

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HTC's octa-core Desire 616 to cost around $200
Initially spotted in China last week, the Desire 616 is HTC’s first smartphone to come with an octa-core processor. This processor seems to be a MediaTek MT6592 - the same that’s used by Xiaomi in its new Redmi Note (which allegedly hit 100,000 units sold in less than 1 hour).

Chinese websites are reporting that the Desire 616 will not cost more than $210 (1,299 CNY) when it launches in April. While that’s definitely a low price, it’s not lower than the price of Xiaomi’s Redmi Note, which appears to be one of the main competitors of the new Desire. Even so, HTC might sell quite many Desire 616 units in China.

Although it has eight cores, the MediaTek MT6592 is still a cheap processor that’s no match for high-end CPUs from Qualcomm, Nvidia, or Samsung. Still, the HTC Desire 616 is a decent handset for its price. It sports a 5-inch 720p display, while also featuring BoomSound speakers, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable internal memory, and an 8MP rear camera with LED flash.

The Desire 616 currently runs Android Jelly Bean. You can see the smartphone’s red version in a set of live photos below. HTC will reportedly also launch white, black, blue and yellow variants of the new handset.

sources: CNMO (translated), Sina (translated)

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posted on 31 Mar 2014, 21:56 6

1. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 933; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

I bet this smartphone will stuck on 4.2.2 for long time or even forever. Thanks to Mediatek, their support for newer version of Android is almost nothing. Well, that's all l know. Let me know if l'm wrong.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 22:26

5. aditya.k (Posts: 496; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)

MT6592 had support for 4.3 out of the box. And has added support for 4.4. Karbonn (Indian company) had launched 2 new phones with KitKat.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 23:55 1

11. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 933; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

But most of Mediatek-powered smartphones still stuck on 4.2.2(4.1.2 or 4.0.4 for older models) without any future Android version update.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 01:07 1

12. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

true... my f**king lenovo stucks on 4.0.4. Luckily it still runs fast with 512 MB of RAM and no crash.
The ugly thing from mediatek is its stupid GPS hardware, which requires you internet connection all the time and some modification in system file

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 21:57 3

2. MrOCD (unregistered)

April Fools! It really costs $9,001. Yes, over 9000.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 21:59

3. miguelmeza14 (Posts: 61; Member since: 20 Apr 2013)

So the Desire 610 will be around $150?

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 22:08 1

4. Muayyad (Posts: 239; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

boom sound? where?

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 22:28 1

6. madmikepr (Posts: 138; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)

for the Price: What You See is What You Get!!!
the Back Cover is To glossy it looks very cheap if will look better with a mate color...

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 22:28 3

7. tiara6918 (Posts: 2110; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

At least their low end/mid range phones are no longer as overpriced as before

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 23:41

8. vijayabaskarank (Posts: 2; Member since: 11 Mar 2012)

I think this is April fool stuff HTC wont hit this low price

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 23:44

9. hurrycanger (Posts: 1624; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

The red on the top is so unnecessary for users. The loud speaker is in the back, so that front would be fine with one full glass panel. I guess HTC just wants it to look a little bit like the HTC One.
My OCD doesn't allow me to use this phone in landscape mode, lol.

posted on 31 Mar 2014, 23:51 1

10. najib1312 (Posts: 154; Member since: 08 May 2013)

That's ugly.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 01:10 3

13. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

still 1000x times more beautiful than samsung's low end phones.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 02:13 4

14. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 408; Member since: 24 May 2011)

200 dollars? Worth it.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 13:25

15. kingEngine (Posts: 36; Member since: 05 Mar 2014)

Good value. 4.4 update would seal the deal.

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