HTC Desire 816 and 610 Offer High-End Style, Midrange Pricing

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HTC Desire 816Considering that HTC is poised to reveal its next flagship smartphone later next month, it comes as little surprise that the handset manufacturer provided a modest showing at this year’s Mobile World Congress. While HTC may not be positioned to steal the limelight, the tech company did unveil a pair of mid-tier Desire handsets.

The HTC Desire 816 and Desire 600 will offer an aesthetic reminiscent of the HTC One, but at far more affordable price points. Many of the key features of the HTC One will be available including the iconic BoomSound front-facing speakers, HTC BlinkFeed and HTC Sense 5.5.

The HTC Desire 816 will be the larger of the duo with a 5.5-inch 720p display and will feature a 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB or RAM, 8GB of storage, a 2,600 mAh battery, and a 13MP rear-facing camera. The Desire 610 will offer a smaller 4.7-inch qHD display and reduced specs including a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of Storage, a 2,040 mAh battery and an 8MP rear-facing camera.

HTC has yet to announce official pricing for either device, but the Desire 816 will be the first handset to be made available; showing up as early as April in the Chinese markets with plans for a global release at a later date. HTC also announced that the HTC Desire 610 will be made available in Europe starting in May.

While the Desire 816 and Desire 600 may help to bolster mid-range global sales, both handsets are an appetizer for the real course to come. HTC is set to announce its follow-up to the HTC One at an upcoming press event on March 25.

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