HTC Desire 616

HTC's efforts to gain a more significant market share in emerging marts like China have gotten a significant boost today with the launch of the Desire 616. The mid-range dual-SIM handset joins the likes of the plastic version of the One M8 and the Desire 816 as HTC seeks to continue its profitable streak.

Launched in China over the weekend, the Desire 616 is now available for sale in North Asia, South Asia, China and Russia. As for wider availability, The Next Web claims that are no current plans to launch the device outside of Asia.

The Desire 616 features a 5-inch 720p display, eight-core 1.4 GHz MediaTek MT6592 SoC, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, microSD slot up to 32 GB, 8 MP camera, 2 MP front camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, HSDPA (21 Mbit) and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity along with a 2000 mAh battery. Not bad for a device that is retailing to the equivalent of $238 in Singapore.

In terms of software, the Desire 616 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on HTC's Sense 5.5 user interface, which comes with features like BlinkFeed and Zoe. What do you guys think of the Desire 616? Does it offer decent hardware for the price? Share your thoughts in the comments.