HTC is trying to leave their mark in China and India, the two biggest smartphone markets in the world, in order to sell more devices and by doing that raise their profits. This Taiwan-based company had to cut costs in 2014 in order turn some profit because their sales weren’t doing so well, but I do believe that HTC is making all the right moves in order to change that. We’ll see how the company will fare this year. Anyhow, they have announced three new devices in India back in September, including the mid-range Desire 816G dual SIM handset. That device is already on sale in India, for quite some time now actually, I believe since October, but HTC something else to show us.
The company has just launched the new dual-SIM (two nano SIMs) variant of the Desire 816G device in India. This is basically the same handset that was announced in September, but this time around it is powered by a faster CPU and comes with more internal storage. That being said, let’s check out its specifications. The refreshed Desire 816G features a 5.5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display along with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card up to 32GB). This device is also powered by a MediaTek chip it seems (even though that wasn’t confirmed by the company), but this time around it comes with a more powerful unit clocked at 1.7GHz. 13-megapixel snapper is located at the back of this thing and flanked by an LED flash, while there’s a 5-megapixel shooter available up front. Android 4.4 KitKat comes pre-installed on this device with HTC’s Sense UI 6.0 on top of it. HTCs BoomSound speakers are also present here, as well as 2,600mAh battery which is located on the inside. As far as connectivity goes, this device comes with 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and A-GPS support. The device is 7.9mm thick and weighs 158 grams.
“The new offering under the HTC Desire series is our next step towards a power-packed combination of beautiful design and flagship performance all backed by a powerful 1.7 GHz Octa-Core Processor. The HTC Desire 816G is the best buy amongst big screen devices, packing powerful performance and innovative design perfectly at a great price,” said Faisal Siddiqui, Vice President and Country Head of HTC India. This new iteration of the Desire 816G dual SIM will be available soon across India and will cost Rs. 19,990 ($323).