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MWC 2014 | The Desire 816 is HTC's newest smartphone

The Desire 816 is HTC's newest smartphone
The Desire 816 is HTC's newest smartphone
The new handset adds some top-tier features to a mid-tier device

HTC has had a rough time over the last year despite the popularity of its HTC One flagship. With the Desire 816, the Taiwanese company is looking to duplicate the One's success in a lower price range.

The 816 features a 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a microSD slot (up to 128 GB cards), a 13 MP back-facing camera, a 5 MP front-facing camera, 4G LTE support, and a 2600 mAh battery, not to mention HTC's trademark dual-speakers and BoomSound.

All in all, the specs are impressive for a mid-range phone, and certainly stack up well against other new devices in the category (such as the Sony Xperia M2). The only really disappointing feature is the internal storage, though the support for large microSD cards goes a long way towards fixing that. If the price is competitive enough, HTC may well have another winner on its hands.

The Desire 816 is expected to launch in China in March with a global rollout to follow in April. Prices have not yet been announced.


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Craig Munro, 2014-02-25 (Update: 2014-02-25)