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MWC 2014: HTC launch mid-range 'flagship' Desire 816

A mid-tier smartphone with some high-end features

by Mark Hodgkinson Feb 25, 2014 at 11:09 AM


  • HTC has carried through its promise to increase their mid-range offerings at MWC 2014.
    Somewhat confusingly, the new Desire 816 is described as a flagship mid-range smartphone but offers no surprises in its solid feature-set coupled with an affordable price-tag. Not that pricing has been announced but we can be more than certain it won’t be especially pricey.

    The Desire 816 will run Android 4.3 out of the box with HTC’s Sense 5.5 UI on top. Internally, there’s a 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of memory, built in, but that’s expandable up to 64GB with a microSD card.
    13MP camera at the back and 5MP front-facing = impressive!

    The display is only 720p but a decently sized 5.2-inches at 267ppi. The camera also sounds very decent for a mid-tier offering with 13-megapixels available, autofocus, LED flash and 1080p video recording. At the front there is, again, an impressive 5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording capability.

    The 816 also features LTE and HSPA connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 2600 mAh Li-Polymer non-removable battery.

    “The HTC Desire 816 marks the beginning of an exciting new era for the mid-tier. Incomparably beautiful to look at and hold with the technology and software to match, the HTC Desire 816 challenges everything that people expect from lower cost smartphones.

    All in all, it sounds like HTC are gearing themselves up well for an assault on the mid-range market.

    The Desire 816 will go on sale next month (March) in China with other territories getting stock from the beginning of April.

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