HTC brings to light Desire 816, Desire 610 upper mid-range Androids at MWC 2014

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HTC-Desire-816Not yet ready to fully detail its One-branded new hotshot smartphone, HTC has decided to keep a lower profile at this year’s Mobile World Congress, taking the wraps off two fresh additions to the Desire mid-range family.

Only they’re no pushovers. The Desire 816 in particular, while no powerhouse, can take on plenty of self-proclaimed “flagship” devices in certain departments, like imaging. Or screen size. Heck, even in terms of processing speed and RAM, the 816 is a whopper.

Packing quad-core 1.6 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 heat, the 816 measures 5.5 inches in diagonal and 8 mm in thickness, pretty much ripping off One’s overall vibe and looks, but swapping aluminum for plastic in order to lower the pricing bar.

How low? No one knows yet, but we’re bound to find out before long, since the 5.5 incher rolls out in China in March, followed by everywhere else in April. You can definitely file the big guy’s 1.5 GB RAM, 13 MP rear snapper and 5 MP front cam under strong points, with 720p resolution at the opposite end of the spectrum, and 2,600 mAh battery somewhere in between.

As for the Desire 610, that’s not just smaller, at 4.7 inches, but also lower-res (qHD). Sounds like real mid-range material for a change, though the quad-core 1.2 GHz chip and LTE support signal greater potential.

Which is not quite what one can say about the pre-loaded Android Jelly Bean, 1 GB RAM, 8 MP/1.3 MP cameras, and 2,040 mAh battery. Don’t get me wrong, that still doesn’t make the Desire 610 a meager slab of silicon, it’s just no one’s going to hold their breaths until the 4.7-incher becomes available, in May.

Via [GSM Arena]

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