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Whilst premium model smartphones may be the biggest talking points of the day, HTC has just announced two new mid-tier handsets with speedy 4G/LTE data connections, the Desire 816 and 610.
Desire 816: Specs and Hardware
First up, HTC’s new Desire 816 is a “flagship mid-range” phone, which sets out to bring elements from the flagship HTC One into a more affordable price bracket. The Desire 816 is the larger, and slightly more powerful, of the two new smartphones, almost rivalling Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 for display size. The most notable features include a 13 Megapixel camera and HTC’s dual front stereo speaker setup. Here are the full details:
- 5.5 inch HD (1280×720) display
- 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU
- 1.5GB RAM
- 13 Megapixel main camera, 5 MP front facing camera
- 8GB internal memory with MicroSD card support for an additional 64GB
- 2600mAh Li-polymer battery
- Networks: GSM/GPRS/EDGE- 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA-850/900/2100, 4G/LTE EMEA-800/900/1800/2600 Asia-900/1800/2100/2600 Taiwan/Austrauilia-700
- Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, GPS, micro-USB, NFC (optional)
- Dimensions: 156.6 x 78.7 x 7.99 mm
- Weight: 165g
- Dual front stereo speakers with built in amplifiers
That’s a very strong looking spec sheet for a mid-range product. Audio fans will be pleased to note that the high quality dual speaker design and HTC BoomSound are both making their way to the Desire 816. The 816 also packs in a few more features usually associated with premium models, including the 13MP camera. As well as take decent quality pictures, the Desire 816 rear camera can record video at 1080p, whilst the front facing camera can capture footage at 720p.
Desire 610: Specs and Hardware
The Desire 610 is a little more modest in terms of hardware but it’s more reasonably sized for a mid-tier product. The handset still packs in the same Snapdragon 400 processor, albeit down clocked by 400MHz, and a reasonable 8 Megapixel camera that can record 720p video, sadly 1080p video support is dropped from the 816. The 610’s hardware comes in just above HTC’s Desire 601 which was announced last year, you’ll probably notice many similarities.
- 4.7 inch qHD (960×540) display
- 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU
- 1GB RAM
- 8 Megapixel rear camera, 1.3 MP front camera
- 8GB internal storage, with MicroSD card support for an additional 64GB
- 2040mAh Li-polymer battery
- Networks: GSM/GPRS/EDGE- 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA-850/900/2100, 4G/LTE EMEA-800/900/1800/2600 Asia-900/1800/2100/2600
- Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, GPS, micro-USB
- Dimensions: 143.1 x 70.5 x 9.6 mm
- Weight: 143.5g
- Dual front stereo speakers
The major hardware differences between the two new handsets include the slightly smaller 1GB of RAM and small compromises on camera quality, as well as the slightly slower, but still capable, quad-core processor. Despite a few hardware downgrades from the 816, HTC’s premier audio features also make their way to the 610. Unfortunately, neither device comes with a replaceable battery.
Software and Features
The hand-me-downs from the HTC One continue in the software department too, as the Desire 816 and 610 will both feature the HTC One’s Blinkfeed homescreen, to help keep users up to date with the latest news from around the world and on their social media networks. Other premier HTC features also make their way down the chain, including HTC Zoe’s additional camera functions, such as automatically highlighting recorded videos, as well as the aforementioned HTC BoomSound features, including the ability to adjust the speaker performance based on various scenarios.
HTC also includes DNLA support for wirelessly streaming media from your phone to a compatible TV or computer in both of the handsets, as well as HTC’s own Sense Voice noise detection software for clearer calls. These really are some feature packed mid-range smartphones.
The HTC Desire 816 will be available in China first, running HTC Sense 5.5, from March and will be upgraded to the latest version of HTC Sense via an OTA update upon global retail availability in April. The HTC Desire 610 will be available across Europe from May.