The Mobile World Congress expo in Spain each year generally brings about the announcements of each new flagship phone, and so far, Sony and Samsung have been good about that, so where’s HTC in the middle of this?
The Taiwanese maker hasn’t taken the stage with a new flagship at this year’s MWC, instead announcing two new mid-range devices, which the company hopes will give people more reasons to dive into owning a new not-too-expensive handset running with its style of hardware and software design.
Announced at the show in Spain, the Desire 816 takes some of the elements that made the HTC One series admired by reviewers and customers alike, and gives them a much needed change, refreshing the style and adding features that could make many a HTC One owner jealous.
“The HTC Desire 816 marks the beginning of an exciting new era for the mid-tier,” said HTC’s Peter Chou, CEO of the company.
“Incomparably beautiful to look at and hold with the technology and software to match, the HTC Desire 816 challenges everything that people expect from lower cost smartphones. It is bringing genuine choice to the category by delivering stunning design and high-end performance at unbelievable value.”
Modelled in a polycarbonate body, the Desire 816 still features BoomSound stereo speakers on the front, the sound devices sitting at the top and bottom of a 5.5 inch 720p HD screen, 4G LTE connectivity, with a 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 processor sitting underneath. Storage is set to 8GB running alongside 1.5GB RAM, and a microSD slot means this can be expanded considerably.
Over on the camera side, HTC has moved the position from the centre all the way to the side, providing a 13 megapixel f/2.2 camera on the back, and a 5 megapixel f/2.8 camera on the front, meaning those selfies will be very, very big.