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HTC Desire 816 First Look

by Todd Haselton | February 24, 2014February 24, 2014 9:15 am PDT

HTC just announced the Desire 816, a new mid-range Android smartphone. It looks like a plastic version of the HTC One and has some compelling features, like a 13-megapixel camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing lens, BoomSound speakers and more, but HTC isn’t even allowing anyone to touch the device. Also, only two units were powered on, though they were under glass. For that reason, it’s hard to have a real opinion on the device right now. But hey – it definitely looks cool.

We like HTC’s approach to add more color to its Desire line, especially since the company has said it’s placing a big bet on mid-range handsets this year in a push to turn its souring financial position. Through the glass, the 5.5-inch display looks compelling enough, though it has a 720p resolution which may be a turn off for some. HTC also hasn’t announced pricing, and that’s going to be key to the device’s success. If it costs too much, consumers shopping for mid-range may ignore it, while others may simply spend the extra cash to buy the HTC One or the new, yet unannounced, all new HTC One.

Check out the gallery above – there’s a lot to like, but too bad we can’t get a closer look.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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