On the first day of the MWC fair in Barcelona, HTC boasted two new mid-range phones, the Desire 816 and Desire 610 models. Both devices build on the already tested “HTC One” design from February 2013, without much experimentation, but this time with a plastic and not an aluminum case.
HTC Desire 816
More advanced than the aforementioned models, the HTC Desire 816 in its 156.6 x 78.7 x 7.99 mm body hides a solid configuration for its class. There is a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and the ability to expand it with an additional 64GB via microSD cards.
This time without much experimentation around the camera, HTC opted for a 13MP sensor on the back and even 5MP on the front of the device. The processor that will run it is Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 400 at 1.6GHz with the assistance of an Adreno 305 graphics chip. All this will be powered by a 2600 mAh battery. HTC has already made a standard effort to improve its recognizable Sense user interface, so this time it comes in version 5.5 with minor changes and a couple of new options. Desire 816 will come out in 6 colors that you can see in the photo above, and its appearance on the market is expected in April this year when we can roughly expect it in our country as well.
HTC Desire 610
The weaker model, which is adorned with a very similar design, also comes in a plastic case measuring 143.1 x 70.5 x 9.6 mm, this time with a 4.7-inch screen with a slightly more modest resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. In addition to 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory, this toddler will also be powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, but this time with a slightly reduced clock speed of 1.2GHz.
Support for microSD cards, in order to expand the internal storage memory, is also present. The main camera will have 8, and the auxiliary 1.3MP and both will be able to record video in 720p quality. The battery follows the rest of the configuration, when compared to the more powerful model, and will have a capacity of 2,040mAh. Its availability on the European market is expected in May this year.
Both models will have support for 4th generation networks, ie LTE, while they are expected to be currently powered by the latest version of Android 4.4 (KitKat). Proven design, a wide selection of colors, very good cameras and other components packed inside a quality case, what we can only hope for is that HTC does not let us down when it comes to price. For that, we will still have to wait until April, since there was no indication of its height this time.