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Entry Level HTC Desire 516 Is Now Available In Europe

July 3, 2014 - Written By Jamil Bryant

Announced on HTC’s website, the HTC Desire 516 will makes its debut in Europe. The device originally was released in China back in March, but now HTC has made it available for the Europe market. According to HTC “There are still many consumers who want to keep separate their business and personal contacts and therefore need to juggle multiple phones,” said Eric Matthes, Country Manager, HTC Austria and Switzerland. “With the HTC Desire 516 we offer consumers an inexpensive, good quality smart phone that can hold two SIM cards. This saves space in your pocket and makes it easier to manage work and personal life with a device.”

The HTC Desire 516 will first be available in Austria and Switzerland in early August. The price for the device unlocked will cost €199; state side that will be $270. The device will also be available in the Indian market. The HTC Desire will come in two different colors, grey and white, so you don’t have that many options. The phone isn’t a top of the line device, the hardware under the hood is what you would expect in a low-end device. The HTC Desire sports a 5 inch screen with 580 x 960 screen resolution. The device runs on a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor with 1GB of RAM. The phone includes 4GB of expandable memory and a dual SIM tray. The real big downside to this device is that HTC didn’t put Android 4.4 Kitkat. Instead the HTC Desire runs on Jellybean which is quite outdated due to Kitkat being the current OS and the release of Android L which will soon take over Android phones later this fall.

The HTC Desire 516 is pretty much an entry level phone with out any perks. Aside from not having the most up to date hardware and software, the phone is selling for a reasonable price. We have no word on whether or not this device will be available in other markets, it may just very well stay in the three markets that it will sell in later this fall. If you just so happen to live in the three available countries, you can take a look in the gallery below of the device. It may not be the best internally, but its a phone, and it may help you when you are in dire need.