New HTC Desire 210 announced in India, One M8 and Desire 816 will be released there, too


HTC revealed a brand new low-end smartphone in India, calling it the Desire 210. Like the Desire 310 that was announced last month, the 210 is powered by a MediaTek processor (a dual-core 1.0GHz MT6572M unit, to be exact).

The Desire 210 has dual SIM support, and doesn’t run Android KitKat, instead coming with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. The rest of its features include HTC BlinkFeed, a 4-inch WVGA display, 5MP rear camera, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of expandable internal memory, and a 1,300 mAh battery.

HTC will start selling the Desire 210 in the first week of May in India. The handset’s suggested retail price will be around $144 (8,700 INR). For the moment, we don’t know if the new Desire will be available internationally.

In addition to announcing the Desire 210, HTC also said that it would release the One M8 and the Desire 816 in India starting the first week of May. Already launched in lots of countries around the world, the HTC One M8 will be offered for around $823 (49,900 INR) to Indian customers. For a closer look at the handset, you can check out our HTC One M8 review.


The HTC Desire 816 will obviously be cheaper than the M8, costing around $395 (23,990 INR) in India. The 816 runs Android 4.4 KitKat, and offers decent mid-range features, including a 5.5-inch 720p display, 5MP front-facing camera, 13MP rear camera, 1.5GB of RAM, and a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor.

Related phones

One (M8)
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP (Dual camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    HTC Sense UI
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

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12 Comments

12. great

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

how much free memory in 816 for apps n games ...

9. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Why is 512MB of RAM all the rage in the low-end these days?

11. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Do the people in the ad look like they care how much RAM is in their phone? :)

7. newbey123

Posts: 707; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

HTC is finally getting there crap together and covering all the bases. Keep up the good work HTC.

5. htcforlife

Posts: 73; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Hmmmm......desire 816 was the one i was waiting for but for $400 i can get a brand new HTC one m7! Or the nexus 5 which is even cheaper and has better specs! The only thing that might be the game changer could be the camera! Still unsure o.O

8. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

First of all, for HTC's sake, I'm glad to see that the Desire 816 doesn't appear to have a fatal flaw like the M8's 4MP camera. I agree -- it also seems like low specs for the price. Nexus 5, OnePlus, even Find7a (for $500) offer a lot better value for the money than the Desire 816.

3. true1984

Posts: 871; Member since: May 23, 2012

the 816 is roughly $400. if they released it here i'd get it for the wife

2. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I'm seeing good sell number.

6. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I don't see the Desire 816 selling much since the Moto X is available at a similar price and is a much better phone.

10. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Everyone has their own choice to buy different device.

1. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I really like the 816. Looks good, kinda like blend of HTC One and iPhone 5C, specs are really sufficient and price is not too bad either. Hopely it succeeds.

4. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

The Desire 816 may save HTC at this point :D It's a beastly for a mid range phone. They need to try to grab market share from all three tiers to help them to see some black!!

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