At today's Mobile World Congress press conference, HTC unveiled the first model in its ambitious 2014 mid-range portfolio of smartphones. The HTC Desire 816 distils elements of the internationally-acclaimed design DNA of HTC's flagship HTC One family, with a vibrant, modern color palate and quality materials that give the HTC Desire range its own familiar, yet distinctive flavor. Demonstrating HTC's obsessive focus on incredible design, both inside and out, the HTC Desire 816 packs an advanced feature set that makes it one of the best value smartphones ever introduced by HTC. The first edition of the new-look HTC Desire family comes fully loaded with HTC's iconic dual-frontal speakers and HTC BoomSound for incredible audio quality.
At a size of 156.6 x 78.7 x 7.99 mm, the Desire 816 weights 165 g; including the embedded 2600 mAh Li-polymer battery. The touchscreen measures 5.5" and comes with a 720p HD resolution. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU at 1.6 GHz and features 8 GB flash memory, which can be expanded with microSD memory cards - up to 64 GB, as well as 1.5 GB RAM. The Desire 816 supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE, triband UMTS/HSPA+ at 850/900/2100 MHz as well as quadband LTE at 800/900/1800/2600 MHz (Europe), 900/1800/2100/2600 MHz (Asia) and 700 MHz (Taiwan and Australia). Other connectivity includes Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, Wi-Fi b/g/n (at 2.4 GHz) and NFC (optional). The 816 features an accelerometer, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.
The main camera has a resolution of 13 megapixel and comes with a f/2.2 lens and BSI sensor which allows to record full HD 1080p videos. The front facing 5 megapixel camera has a BSI sensor, a f/2.8 wide angle lens and allows to record 720p HD videos.
The new HTC Desire 816 will be available in China, running HTC Sense 5.5, from March and will be upgraded to the latest version of HTC Sense via an OTA update upon global retail availability in April. The suggested retail price without a contract is 379 Euro.
Cheers ~ Arne