HTC’s giant mid-range phone, the HTC Desire 816, is slowly rolling out to European countries following its release in Asia in March.
The HTC Desire 816 is now available in Romania for 1,299 RON, or about $405. The 5.5-inch phone will presumably make its way to other European countries sometime in the near future. The Romanian version of the phone has dual SIM support, though not all models will support two SIM cards.
While the HTC Desire 816 looks similar to the HTC One (M8), and has a larger display, it is more of a mid-range phone meant for those who can’t afford the premium flagship phone. The Desire 816 has a 720p display, a quad-core 1.6 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, a 2600 mAh battery, and 8GB of storage that’s expandable via a microSD card. The phone does have a higher-resolution camera than the One (M8), however, with a 13MP rear-facing camera, and a 5MP front-facing camera.
The HTC Desire 816 will make it to the U.S. eventually, though it’s not clear when or what carrier it will be one. Assuming it comes in at the same price it will compete on price with phones like the Nexus 5, Moto X, and the OnePlus One (assuming you can get an invite to buy that phone).
Would you consider buying the HTC Desire 816 when it comes to the U.S.? Or is the price too much for a mid-range phone given the competition?