MWC 2014: HTC Unveils Desire 816 And 610, Power To Give Initiative

HTC announced their new “flagship mid-range” phone, the Desire 816. They also made a couple announcements reminiscent of the ones Nokia used to make that focus on other actions and initiatives that can be taken to improve the well-being of others. HTC also confirmed that it will launch the successor to the HTC One on 25 March.

Desire 816

HTCDesire816While HTC Desire 816’s price and availability are still being kept as a secret, but the smartphone will have a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels resolution) display and be powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 SoC processor with 1.5GB of RAM. With 8GB of internal storage with support for microSD cards up to 128GB, which may just be the highest expandable memory capacity handled by any smartphone. With the presence of a brand new HTC Sense 5.5 UI on top.

HTC Desire 816 will also have a 13-megapixel f2.2 rear and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The handset ditches the firm’s Ultrapixel camera technology, earlier in the HTC One series. The smartphone is having a 2600mAh battery, is just 7.99mm thick and weighs 165g. HTC Desire 816 will offer LTE and HSPA+ (up to 42Mbps) for connectivity options.

Specifications for the Desire 816:
  • 1.6 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 5.5 inch 720p display
  • 1.5 GB RAM, 8GB storage, microSD expansion card support up to 64GB
  • Bluetooth 4 with aptX and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • 13 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • 2600 mAh battery
  • Dimensions of 156.6 x 78.7 x 7.99 mm and 165 grams

Desire 610

nexusae0_HTCDesire610_thumbThe HTC Desire 610 is a smaller device, with a 4.7″ qHD screen. The Desire 610 has an 8MP camera and is powered by a Snapdragon 400 chipset. It has a fairly large battery too, 2,400mAh, which surprisingly is only a bit smaller than that of the phablet. Also having 1 GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a microSD card slot.The handset is scheduled to hit Europe sometime in May.

These devices both show a lack of capacitive keys, suggesting on-screen buttons. They also come with BlinkFeed and dual-frontal speakers with BoomSound, so expect these to provide a One-like experience at a fraction of the cost once they’re available.

Specifications for the Desire 816:
  • 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 4.7 inch qHD display
  • 1 GB RAM, 8GB storage, microSD expansion card support up to 64GB
  • Bluetooth 4 with aptX and 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
  • 2040 mAh battery
  • Dimensions of 143.1 x 70.5 x 9.6 mm and 143.5 grams

Power to Give

At MWC, HTC also announced its new Power To Give initiative, which will allow users to volunteer a bit of their smartphone’s computational power to good causes. When your device is charging, connected to WiFi, and your battery is over 90 percent, you can allow it to download small bits of data, process it, and upload it back to a server. Just like the Intel’s initiative. Your device will assist projects related to cancer, AIDs, and clean water research. The app will work with the HTC One series, Butterfly, and Butterfly s, along with select other devices such as the Galaxy S4, even though that phone can already use Samsung’s own Power Sleep app.