Meet the HTC Desire 616: HTC's first octa-core Android smartphone

Meet the HTC Desire 616: HTC's first octa-core Android smartphone
We’ve been hearing about a possible octa-core HTC handset since last year. Today, we can finally confirm its existence, its name, and some of its features. The smartphone is called HTC Desire 616 (or 616w), and it’s just been approved by Chinese authorities.

Obviously, the Desire 616 is nothing like the HTC One M8 flagship - which was officially introduced yesterday, and can already be purchased in select markets (including in the US).

It seems that this new Desire is made specifically for China, where there is high demand for octa-core smartphones, although these usually aren’t more powerful than quad-core units.

The Desire 616 is made out of plastic, coming with an octa-core 1.7GHz MediaTek processor and 1GB of RAM. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, weighs 150 grams, and measures 142 x 71.9 x 9.1 mm. The handset sports a 5-inch 720p display, and has an 8MP camera with LED flash on the back. It should be available in five color versions: black, blue, white, red and yellow. Exact details on its release and pricing aren’t known at the moment.

The Desire 616 won’t be HTC’s first handset to use a MediaTek SoC. Earlier this month, the Taiwanese company announced the low-end Desire 310 (which features a quad-core 1.3GHz MT6582M processor). Moreover, a Desire 516 is also supposed to be released in China soon.

While these new Desire smartphones won't do much for HTC's goal to be seen as a premium brand, they might help when it comes to sales volumes and profit margins. 

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22 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The front is what the M8 should have been.

3. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

But but there's no stereo speaker:(

9. hurrycanger

Posts: 1766; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Even though I do think the front of the M8 is a step down from the M7, it's not bad. Now comparing the front of the M8 to the front of this phone... omg, this front is pretty ugly, man. You must be kidding. Please tell me you were kidding...

11. maherk

Posts: 6966; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I won't go this far. But while I was rooting for this phone, and how sleek it is, I saw the comparison video with the M7, and it would've made sense being this tall with a true 5" screen and capacitive screen buttons, not the on screen buttons. Again, as much I am in love with the gorgeous curves on this phone, I did find it awkward for a 5 incher to be this tall.

18. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

He thinks samsungs are good looking phones. Enough said. Don't waste yr time with him.

19. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

STFU dude... It means no bottom speaker

2. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

That Camera would be better than that on the M8

7. Muayyad

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

In perfect conditions, May be.

22. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

aka in 99% of all conditions.

5. kingEngine

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 05, 2014

Looks decent but needs more 4.4

8. Muayyad

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

Gotta love mediatek support!

14. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Now HTC is also following their flagship's design everywhere, atleast midrange.

15. ancellim

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

5'' and HD screen? This is the successor to the Desire 600 last year - its codename was 606w, and this is 616w. HTC always gives a better design and user interface than all other brands. Which brand can give you a 5'' HD screen and 1.7 GHz processor?

23. maroon1

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Are you aware that GHz mean noting when you compare different acrhiture. MediaTek Octa is based on ARM Cortex A7 which is a low-end and low power CPU used for budget phones.

16. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

has media-booooo chipset, no thanks.

20. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Why don't they use SD600s anymore?

21. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Now this is the HTC I would buy.

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