Desire 816: A “Mid-Range Flagship” For High-Res Selfies
HTC describes the Android-powered Desire 816 as a “midrange flagship.” It looks a lot like an HTC One Best Price at Let’s Talk, with similar bezels, but it’s made of polycarbonate and comes in five colors: black, gray, orange, green, and white. Think of it as the HTC 1C, to make an iPhone joke. (HTC would never call it that.) There are some hints here as to what’s coming on the next HTC One, most notably a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. HTC has recently made “selfies” a priority, and this big self-shooter takes things to the next level.
The phone has a 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and a 5.5-inch, 720p display. At 3.09 inches wide, it’s definitely in phablet rather than one-handed phone territory. Other stats include a 13-megapixel main camera, 5-megapixel front camera, 8GB of storage with a MicroSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11n, and a 2,600mAh battery. The dual, front-facing BoomSound speakers have built-in amplifiers to be extra loud
Desire 610: Pretty and Midrange
The Desire 610 tries to keep some of that HTC One look, but you can see this is a much less expensive phone. There’s now a big black bezel around the 4.7-inch, 960-by-540 screen, and the polycarbonate body (in orange, blue, green, white, gray, or black) doesn’t look quite as high-tech. While the front-facing speakers and overall shape certainly echo the One, low cost is clearly the focus here. The specs aren’t bad, at least. The Desire 610 has a Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.2GHz, an 8-megapixel main camera, and a 1.3-megapixel front camera. There’s 8GB of storage plus a MicroSD card slot and the usual networking technologies: LTE, HSPA+ 42, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11n, and GPS. (NFC is “optional,” according to HTC.) The smaller 2040mAh battery reflects the smaller 4.7-inch screen. HTC is positioning the Desire 610 as a music player, thanks to the front-facing BoomSound speakers. BoomSound is a lot of fun, true, but I can’t help but think this is HTC pulling out the one differentiating feature it didn’t pare away in search of lower cost. The Desire 610 will come out in Europe in May; there’s no U.S. announcement yet.