HTC Desire 816

The first in a 'new breed' of beautifully designed phones, with powerful performance and a low cost

Mobile World Congress

We all want a phone that will blow the barn doors off when it comes to doing the things we love to do with our Androids. We want a phone that plays games well, surfs the web with ease, delivers quality video playback and has great stereo sound. We also love things that are affordable. HTC is trying to merge these two things in their 2014 Desire line, and today at Mobile World Congress they've shown us the first in the series, the Desire 816.

The HTC Desire 816 marks the beginning of an exciting new era for the mid-tier. 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. —Peter Chou, CEO of HTC

The 5.5-inch 720p display is paired with Boomsound and the 13MP camera has HTC's advanced camera software via Sense 5.5. Under the glass is a Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and the standard sensors and wireless radios.

The Desire 816 will debut in China this March, with a global rollout coming in April.

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HTC REIGNITES THE MID-MARKET WITH 2014 HTC DESIRE PORTFOLIO

HTC Desire 816 is the first of a new breed of mid-range HTC smartphones combining beautiful design and flagship performance for incredible value

Barcelona, Spain, February 24, 2014 – HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, has today unveiled the first model in its ambitious 2014 mid-range portfolio. The HTC DesireTM 816 distils elements of the internationally-acclaimed design DNA of HTC's flagship HTC One® family, with a vibrant, modern colour palate and quality materials that give the HTC Desire range its own familiar, yet distinctive flavour. Demonstrating HTC's obsessive focus on incredible design, both inside and out, the HTC Desire 816 packs an advanced feature set that makes it one of the best value smartphones ever introduced by HTC.

"The HTC Desire 816 marks the beginning of an exciting new era for the mid-tier," said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC. "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."

Beautifully designed, powerful performance

The first edition of the new-look HTC Desire family comes fully loaded with HTC's iconic dual-frontal speakers and HTC BoomSoundTM for incredible audio quality, while HTC BlinkFeedTM keeps users up- to-date with the latest news and social updates on the spacious 5.5 inch screen. Two powerful cameras make the HTC Desire 816 ideal for photography lovers. A 13MP rear-facing camera complete with HTC ZoeTM and automatic highlight videos, as well as a 5MP front-facing camera, make it the perfect device for capturing both the perfect selfie and stunning landscapes in amazing quality. Powered by a quad-core, 1.6 GHz processor and offering 4G LTE connectivity, the new HTC Desire model offers world-class speed and power and is fully-equipped to keep pace with the most active lifestyles, whether browsing, gaming or switching between multiple apps.

Global Availability

The new HTC Desire 816 will be available in China, running HTC Sense 5.5, from March and will be upgraded to the latest version of HTC Sense via an OTA update upon global retail availability in April. For more information visit www.htc.com.

About HTC

Founded in 1997, HTC Corporation (HTC) is the creator of many award-winning mobile devices and industry firsts. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC pushes the boundaries of design and technology to create innovative and personal experiences for consumers around the globe. HTC's portfolio includes smartphones and tablets powered by the HTC Sense® user experience. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). For more information, please visit www.htc.com.

For more information on HTC BlinkFeed's ever-growing content partner ecosystem, visit the HTC Blog at http://blog.htc.com/.