HTC announces Desire 816 and Desire 610 midrangers with great design, decent specs

Despite the fact that it’s only set to introduce its next flagship smartphone a month from now, HTC didn’t want to let its competitors have all the fun at MWC. So the company unveiled two new midrangers, both featuring stunning design that feels incredibly fresh – especially compared to what we’ve seen in Barcelona so far.

First of all, we have the HTC Desire 816, which is actually the handset that got leaked (as well as teased by HTC) a lot over the past couple of weeks – as the Desire 8. At first we thought HTC would go with a three-number name, but then it seemed it would just be called the Desire 8. Alas, not so. However, it’s odd that, this being the first ever phone in the Desire 800 line, it would be called Desire 816 – and not 800.


HTC chose that route, though. The Desire 816 is the new champion of the midrange, the Taiwanese company claims. And it’s got the specs to back that claim up, however to be truly successful in this class it will also have to be cheap too.

The Desire 816 has a 5.5-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 5 MP front camera, a 1.6 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, dual speakers, and a 2,600 mAh battery. It’s 7.99 mm thin, and weighs 165 grams.

It will be out in China in March, and following that it will get a global release in April.

The Desire 610 is lower-end, but still a midranger through and through. It comes with a 4.7-inch 540×960 touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 1.3 MP front camera, a 1.2 GHZ quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage space, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, dual speakers and a 2,040 mAh battery.


The Desire 610 will be launched in May. Both of these phones run Android, obviously, but it’s unclear which exact version.

It nice to see the Desire line finally get a design language of its own, as this will certainly help differentiate HTC’s midrangers from the many competitors they have. Like the Desire 816, the Desire 610 will have to be competitively priced in order to actually drive sales for HTC. Let’s hope that the company has learned something from its past misadventures in the mid-tier segment of the smartphone market.

Author: Vlad Bobleanta

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