HTC sends affordable Desire 516 to Europe to tackle Moto G

HTC's more entry level Desire 516 will land in August in Europe to take on Motorola's Moto G and other budget handsets. The phone will be arriving in Austria and Switzerland and will cost around $270 or €199 unlocked and contract-free in either white or grey hues.

For its price, the Desire 516 won't have the high-end specs that you would expect to see on more flagship handsets, like the HTC One M8. Instead, it will have a 5-inch qHD resolution screen, quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor alongside 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB storage, and a combo of 5-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front cameras.

For comparison, the Moto G Google Play edition starts at $170 and comes with double the storage while packing in a better Snapdragon 400 processor. That phone has a 5-megapixel rear camera coupled with a 1.3-megapixel front camera and a smaller 4.5-inch display that is a bit more high resolution with a 720p HD screen.

Additionally, the Desire 516 ships with Jelly Bean rather than Android KitKat out of the box so it won't be powered by the latest edition of HTC's Sense user interface.

The phone is also currently available in China and India.

Source: HTC via PhoneArena

There are 22 comments

estebanojeda says:

That mock up is horrendous.

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RusticKey says:

Really? I think that looks very nice, for a budget phone that is.

Linebarrel86 says:

Its reason like thus that some OEMs are struggling.

In one hand, HTC finally turned a profit, and in the same day they want to launch a phone that in no way competes with Moto. In fact, the title is completely misleading. This 516 is not in the same league as the Moto G.

So it's $100 more expensive than moto g and no better than moto g, actually worse specs than moto g, am I missing something?

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The Moto G runs at about €159 (and is also older and expected to be discounted) so the 516 isn't as dramatically more expensive as you say, but right, Moto definitely has the price advantage.

Ry says:

Good luck with that.

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radofone says:

And they really expect to bear the Moto G with that? Smh come on HTC that's disrespect lol
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blg923 says:

Why is it shown running a mix of stock and sense?

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DWR_31 says:

No the real question is, HTC are you Stupid?

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BB_Bmore says:

Sorry HTC I love you and all but this device doesn't stand a chance against the moto G. Back you go, dont waste your time.

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Dizfunctions says:

Moto G still wins that match up by a mile...

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jimbo says:

This makes no sense.

Anonne says:

It only makes sense if, like Samsung, they want to trade on the reputation of the flagship.
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jimbo says:

And perhaps the 5 inch display on the HTC instead of 4.5 inch display on the Moto. That's a visually significant difference when evaluating side by side.

Plus, it does have HTC Sense, Blinkfeed, and perhaps HTC's innovative Zoes and Video Highlights as part of their Gallery Events.

Moreover, the slight price premium can be discounted yet showing the premium value.


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Only a fool would buy that phone over Moto G

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m477 says:

This is more like an oversized Moto E.

just_jo says:

Exactly what i thought.

RustyU says:

This will be a horrible flop. Camera aside, it is massively inferior to the G

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D13H4RD2L1V3 says:

Are you absolutely sure that this competes with the Moto G?

HTC's One series is amazing and their ultimate flagship, but this isn't what I call, a worthy Moto G competitor.

What they need is a metal build or a high-quality plastic build, consistent updates, decent camera and most importantly, a good price tag.

seanjenkins says:

It's not far off the nexus 5 price.