MWC 2014: HTC announces Desire 816, yet another new mid-range phablet

MWC 2014: HTC announces Desire 816, yet another new mid-range phablet

Since HTC announced the M8/One 2014 would only be landing in March we've had to readjust our expectations for the Taiwanese firm's MWC output to centre around the mid-range Desire 8.

Yet with the Desire range having always carried a three-number title, that was never likely to be its final name, and so we give you the HTC Desire 816.

It's billed as HTC's “flagship mid-range” smartphone, giving you large dimensions and a 5.5in display but more moderate specs than the M8 and a reduced price tag too.

That massive 5.5in display sits within an oversized chassis that channels a lot of what everyone liked visually about the HTC One, including front-facing BoomSound stereo speakers. Despite the large screen the Desire 816 is still only 7.99mm thick and weighs 165g, which isn't bad.

The display only offers a 720p resolution, and you're limited to a Snapdragon 400 processor, though at a relatively speedy 1.6GHz. There's 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of storage plus microSD support for cards of up to 128GB, a 13MP f/2.2 main camera plus 5MP f/2.8 front-facer, and a 2600mAh battery – sadly, not removeable.

One other notable point is that the Desire 816 is the first HTC handset to take a nano-SIM, and will launch with Android 4.3 next month, beginning in China, though it could have Android 4.4 KitKat on board by the time it launches in the UK in April.

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