Mystery solved: HTC Desire 816 should run Android 4.4.2 KitKat at launch

HTC showcased its brand new Desire 816 at MWC 2014 last week, but it didn’t say what Android version the device would run at launch. Fortunately, we can now confirm that it’s going to be Android 4.4.2 KitKat - at least for the China-bound variant of the smartphone, which is called Desire 816w.

The 816w was recently approved by China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center (Tenaa), and we were able to obtain details regarding its OS. As we already mentioned, this handset does indeed run Android 4.4.2. So we’re thinking that it would make little sense for the international model to come with something else than KitKat.

HTC said that the Desire 816 would be released around the world starting April. It will be available even in the US, where AT&T and Sprint could be among the carriers selling it.

Unlike the upcoming All New HTC One / M8, the Desire 816 is not a high-end smartphone. Still, it looks pretty good, and it offers a set of nice mid-range features, including: a 5.5-inch 720p display (267 ppi), LTE connectivity, a quad-core 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 5MP front-facing camera, 13MP rear camera, and 8GB of expandable internal memory. The new Desire has a fairly large 2,600 mAh battery, and will come in multiple color versions, including black, white, green, yellow and pink.

Here's our HTC Desire 816 hands-on, in case you want to take a closer look at the smartphone.

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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)



1. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

The 5mp FF camera pretty much confirms that the new HTC One will have 5mp FF as well

3. GeekMovement unregistered

That would be amazing! It's too bad Samsung stuck with its 2mp camera in front of the S5. Would have been a good opportunity to start bumping that feature up. I'm looking forward to HTC.

5. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Say what you want about selfies but I also have a night life and a better low light sensor and higher megapixel count would be my priority! ;) Given HTC keeps their amazing wide angle view :D

7. GeekMovement unregistered

Yeah definitely low light quality ensured first and then raise the mp accordingly. I don't do selfies, but I think video chats could definitely see an improvement with better camera (: wide angle is excellent.

2. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

This is so cool.

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

What would be the price of this beautiful device?

8. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I really like the overall look of this phone and the specs are okay. But the name is stupid. HTC needs to hire a branding specialist.... HTC One X, S, & V in 2012. Then the HTC One, One Max, and One Mini in 2013. Then "The All New One" in 2014. Now we have a phone that is going to be named Desire 816... 816? Really?!?

6. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I hope they price it India their products are highly overpriced.... I mean they price the HTC one mini same as xperia z....same goes with there other products

10. CreedFrancis

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I actually like the design of this more than the M8.

12. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

This will probably be the best mid range device on the market. Good job HTC.

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