Unannounced HTC Desire 516 breaks cover with 5-inch display and Android 4.2

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htc-desire-516Whoa, I guess HTC wasn’t kidding when announcing plans for a rapid expansion of the mid-range Desire smartphone family, as the 816, 610 and 310 have recently gone official, soon to be followed by the 516.

Confusing monikers aside (why not Desire 3, 5, 6 and 8 or 300, 500, 600 and 800?), the four seem to cover a wide range of little market pieces waiting to be conquered, including the entry-level phablet arena.

By entry-level, I mean the newly surfaced Desire 516 offers almost cringe worthy specs, likely in a bid to keep costs as low as possible, while allowing people on tight budgets to dream of boarding the jumbo-sized smartphone train.

No doubt targeted at emerging markets, primarily China and other Asian territories, the handheld will probably debut formally by the end of the month. Its overall design language is akin to all the latest Desire line entries, but the rear cover is glossy and plasticky.

Tipping the scales at 173 grams, the Desire 516 measures 9.7 mm in thickness and sports a large, comfy 5-inch display with sub-par 960 x 540 pixels resolution. Performance-wise, you shouldn’t expect much from the big guy, mostly due to it packing 512 MB RAM, while on the software side of things, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean is the master of ceremonies.

Fitted with a meager 5 MP camera on its back, the phone also features an unnamed quad-core 1.3 GHz CPU (probably a MediaTek), TD-SCDMA connectivity and VGA front snapper. Sounds like HTC needs to price this mighty aggressively to hope to sell a couple of units.

Via [Phone Arena]

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