As HTC very kindly put us out of our curiosity by sending out March 25th invitations for its 2014 flagship unveil, we knew its MWC announcements wouldn't be packing the big punches. But given the company's pinning its hopes on shifting volume via mid-range products this year, the Desire 816 is a decent attempt with its six colour options and obvious One flagship-stylings.
Just like 2013's One phone, the Desire 816 (above) comes with two front-facing speakers with inbuilt amplifiers and BoomSound audio quality, but the biggest change here is the screen size -- from 4.7-inches of the One, the Desire 816 offers 5.5-inches and 720p screen resolution.
Hammering home the point that the Desire 816 is no competition for its flagship range, the rear-facing camera is just a 13MP f/2.2 BSI sensor jobby, but the front-facing is a strong 5MP, a jump up from the One's front-facing efforts.
Inside, the 1.6GHz processor quad-core Snapdragon 400 chipset is joined by 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage (expandable to 64GB via a microSD card slot). On the battery side HTC's packing a 2600mAh capacity module, which again is slightly larger than last year's flagship One offering. Like most of HTC's designs, the battery is unremovable.
On sale globally from April, expect the 4G-laden Desire 816 to be priced "competitively."
Along with the Desire 816, an even more affordable Desire 610 was unveiled with similar stylings to its bigger brothers the 816 and One, with the main changes being the qHD screen size of 4.7-inches, the Snapdragon 400 chip being clocked to just 1.2GHz, the RAM at just 1GB, and its cameras being 8MP on the back and 1.3MP on the front. The battery is also considerably lower, at 2040mAh. Given it's also a 4G model, if HTC prices this fairly, it could be one of the most affordable ways to pick up 4G on the cheap.
The Desire 610 will be available in May.