MWC 2014: HTC Desire 816 and Desire 610 revealed

We knew HTC was keeping its flagship launch until next month, so with that in mind, we didn't expect much from HTC at the MWC event. However, we did get the HTC Desire 816 and Desire 610.

The former is more of a big deal than the latter, but both could do well for HTC in the mid-range if the price is right. It's an area that the company has struggled with in the last couple of years, admitting as much just a few weeks back. But with hardware like this plugging the gap, things could be about to pick up.

The HTC Desire 816 is the pick of the pair, packing that modern-day HTC look and a phablet-sized 5.5-inch display, as well as a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB of storage and of course, a microSD card slot to boost further. You'll also find a 13-megapixel camera on the rear, matched with a 5-megapixel front camera for self heaven, along with 4G LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, a pair of front speakers and a 2600mAH battery.

It's quite a package and as we said, if the price is right, it could be a decent proposition for HTC.

The HTC Desire 610 doesn't quite live up to that, but with a quad-core processor, 4G connectivity and the two speakers, along with an expected smaller price tag, it's still a phone that will make a few friends. Things are certainly scaled down though, with just 1GB RAM, an 8-megapixel camera and a 1.3-megapixel camera for example. Again, much will depend on what HTC asks for the phone.

Details of that should filter through in the coming weeks, as the HTC Desire 816 will be available from April, while the Desire 610 heads to Europe from May.


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