updated 01:28 pm EST, Mon February 24, 2014
Desire 816 will see US release in broader initiative to widen US presence
In addition to its distributed computing initiative, HTC has shown a pair of new handsets at this year's Mobile World Congress. Shown today was the low-cost Desire 610 handset, and the mid-range Desire 816 smartphone. Both phones will be available later in the spring, with a US release of the Desire 816 shortly after the European launch.
The Desire 816 "phablet" has a 5.5-inch 720p display, a 1.6GHz quadcore Snapdragon 400, 1.5GB of RAM, with a minimum of 8GB of storage. Expansion of the storage is possible up to 128GB with microSD. The rear camera is a 13MP f/2.2, with a 5M f/2.8 front facing camera. The battery is a 2,600mAh power supply, all in a 8mm (0.315-inch) thick casing weighing in at 165g (5.8 oz). The Desire 816 is HTC's first phone to adopt the Nano-SIM format.
HTC Desire 816
The Desire 610 is also a LTE handset, but has a 4.7-inch 960x540 display. The phone's processor is the Snapdragon 400 at 1.2GHz, with 1GB of RAM. As with the 816, the phone has 8GB of storage expandable with microSD to 128GB. The rear camera is a 8MP f/2.4 shooter, with the front being a 1.3MP sensor.
No pricing is available on either handset, but both are expected to see release in Europe in May. Follow-up remarks after the HTC release announcement revealed that HTC is planning on a larger presence in the US in 2014, with the 816 seeing US release.