The HTC Desire 816 is HTC's mid-range flagship for 2014, with a new plastic-based design language and some features inspired by the company's premium HTC One family, such as front-facing speakers. It's got a 5.5-inch 720p display and is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU at 1.6GHz, with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD.
There's also a 13-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel front-facer, and while the Desire 816 features HTC's custom-made Gallery app and automatic video highlights, the "Zoe" shooting mode from the One M8, as well as panorama 360 and dual shot, are not supported.
The 816 was launched at Mobile World Congress 2014 in an event that showcased the phone as an example of HTC's new approach to mid-range smartphone design.
A version of the Desire 816 running HTC's Sense 5.5 UI emerged in China in March 2014, followed by a European model running HTC Sense 6 in May 2014.
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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.
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