HTC has introduced two new smartphones to their Desire lineup with the 610 and 816 models at the Mobile World Congress this week.

HTC Desire 610

The Desire 610 is described as being a compact entertainment hub and offers a 4.7-inch display, HTC BlinkFeed and HTC’s industry-leading sound property, HTC BoomSound. In addition, the device offers a quad-core processor at a clock speed of 1.2GHz along with 4G LTE connectivity. The screen resolution is a modest 960 x 540 with 234 ppi. The rear 8mp camera offers only 720p video recording at best. The device comes with 1GB of RAM. Users will also benefit from advanced photo editing capabilities. Designed to compete in the entry-level market, the HTC Desire 610 is expected to launch in Europe some time in May.

Moving things up a gear is the more high-end HTC Desire 816, which is a mid-range smartphone. The devices comes with HTC’s dual-frontal speakers and HTC BoomSound for improved audio quality, along with BlinkFeed as found on the 610. The display is a good deal larger at 5.5-inches at a resolution of 1080p, and provides better cameras front and back. The rear camera incidentally is 13mp and offers full HD 1080p video recording capabilities.

HTC Desire 816


The processor is a solid qualcomm snapdragon 400 series at a click speed of 1.6GHz with four cores. Built-in storage is fairly spares at just 8GB, but MicroSD expansion is on hand to help out there. The new HTC Desire 816 will be available in China, 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.


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