Yesterday we brought you news that sales of the HTC One M8 were slowing down, and that doesn't help HTC's economic recovery one bit. Luckily for HTC, this time around they have also targeted the lower- to mid-range segment, with handsets such as the Desire 616 Dual-SIM being launched in India.
The Desire 616 Dual-SIM eschews the metallic finish of the HTC One M8 and goes with a polycarbonate shell , but that's to be expected at this level. Hardware wise, the Desire 626 Dual-SIM is pretty decent, with an Octa-Core MediaTek MT6592 processor that's clocked at 1.4GHz, a Mali 450-MP4 GPU powering the graphics and 1GB of Random-Access-Memory(RAM). Internal Storage is limited to just 4GB, but you can supplement this via the Micro-SD card slot by up to 32GB. The 5-inch IPS display has a resolution of 1280 x 720. Camera's are firmly mid-range and traditional, no Ultra-Pixel sensors to be seen here, with a 2MP camera on selfie duty, with an 8MP camera and LED flash on the rear that is capable of 1080p video recording.
A 3.5mm headphone jack is included at the top of the device, and the usual accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensors are also present. The 2000mAh battery is removable, and as you can guess by the name of the handset, Dual-SIM's are supported, with a regular- and a micro-sized SIM slot available. Unlike it's higher specced siblings, the Desire 616 Dual-SIM doesn't come with dual-facing speakers. The device weighs in at 142 grams and its dimensions are as follows: 142 x 71.9 x 9.15mm.
On the software side of things, the Desire 616 Dual-SIM will launch with Android version 4.2 Jelly Bean, along with HTC's proprietary Sense overlay. HTC's Blinkfeed app is also present, streaming feeds from social media, sports and news sources.
The HTC Desire 616 goes on sale in India from tomorrow with a price tag of Rs 16900 ($280), and goes up against handsets from MicroMax and Karbonn in roughly the same price range. If you are in the market for a new phone, which would you choose? Is the pricing competitive when compared to its rivals? Let us know in the comments or at our Google Plus page.