HTC’s Desire lineup of smart phones has added a new member to the family—the HTC Desire 616. HTC has carved a niche for itself by producing some very powerful and stylish smartphones in India. This latest smart phone by HTC is a dual SIM device that runs on Android 4.4.2 with HTC Sense 5.5 and Blink feed. It is powered by a strong 1.4 GHz octa-core MediaTek processor with 1GB RAM. In fact, this is the first ever Octa-Core smartphone from HTC. The Desire 616 first hit the Chinese market, followed by other parts of South Asia, North Asia as well as Russia. The phone will release in India very soon, probably in the third quarter of 2014.
The phone has a vivid 5 inch LCD display with 720 p HD resolution. It features an 8MP primary camera and 2MP secondary camera. Its 4 GB internal memory is expandable up to 32 GB by means of a microSD card.
The Singapore pricing of the HTC Desire 616 is S$ 298, which comes to US$238. The pricing point is definitely going to make the Desire 616 a winner as US$238 is a decent cost for a mid range phone.
It is good to see HTC paying more attention to its mid range smartphone segment, along with aggressively expanding its premium segment. The Desire 616 was announced shortly after HTC released a plastic version of the HTC One E8, their flagship phone.
With HTC announcing their new smartphone in India to the public with much hoopla, here is the first impression of the phone, its design and configuration. Read on to know if the HTC Desire 616 lives up to expectations and find the overall verdict.
Design and Display:
With a big 5” multi touch capacitive LCD screen and 16M colors, the HTC Desire 616 is a winner when it comes to display. To top it off, this HTC android phones has a stunning 720p HD resolution coupled with a 294 ppi pixel density. When it comes to the design, the HTC Desire 616 scores brownie points for its sleek body, brilliant metal finish and a lustrous back panel. The Desire 616 is available in sparkling colors of red, white and black. The front has dual speakers with a speaker grille. Compared to other smart devices in the same size range, the HTC Desire 616 is way ahead of the curve with a slender dimension of 142 x 71.9 x 9.1 mm. The device weights 150 grams.
Configuration and OS:
The HTC Desire 616 is powered by the standard Android v4.2.2 OS (Jelly Bean) and HTC Sense UI. It has a powerful 1.7GHz octa-core processor with a MediaTek MT6592 chipset and 1GB RAM. It is these technical specifications which have enabled HTC to price the Desire 616 at a decent cost. Mali 400MP4 GPU is a delight for gamers and even those who simply want to watch videos.
Camera and Storage:
While HTC is yet to confirm the full specifications of the 2MP secondary camera, the primary camera is definitely powerful with an 8MP autofocus featuring an LED flash and digital zoom. There is much more that is expected to be added in the primary camera such as geo tagging, HDR, HD video, touch focus and face detection—and the next few days will most likely see the arrival of all these additional camera features. The handset also allows the user to capture videos while clicking images, which is ideal for times when you want pictures along with movies at the same time.
Storage and Connectivity:
The handset has 4 GB in internal memory which can be expanded up to 32 GB with an SD card. The HTC Desire 616 is loaded with an array of connectivity and networking options such as 3G, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, micro-USB 2.0 port, GPRS with EDGE and GPS/AGPS.
The first impression of this phone has been fairly positive. The phone comes in catchy red, black and white colors, which are bound to attract people with different tastes. Gaming enthusiasts will love this phone owing to the powerful technical specs. It is also great for streaming high quality videos, thanks to the 5 inch HD screen with vivid colors. Another great feature, the icing on the cake, is the camera, with the 8MP camera that does not fail to impress. The 2000 mAH, Li-ion battery is powerful and keeps the phone going on for long hours after a single charge.
However, what takes the crown here is the pricing—a reasonable cost for a smartphone with such strong configuration and impressive features. As a final verdict, the HTC Desire 616 is a sleek and stylish phone-cum-phablet with not only good looks but also a strong configuration. Tech pundits are already raving about the device, and it is expected to release to a good response in India.