HTC has officially launched the wider availability of its Desire 800 and 600 smartphone series in the United States. Currently, only the Desire 610 was available on AT&T for $199.99 in the country, now consumers can also shop for Desire 816 starting August 12th.
The affordable Desire 610 comes with a 4.7-inch FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels resolution) display and a 1.2 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor. Other notable features include Android 4.4 Kitkat with Sense UI, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 8MP rear-camera and 1.3MP front-facing camera.
The Desire 816 will be available with Virgin Mobile and will cost you outright $299.99. And you can also get both of these Desire phones without contract via HTC’s website. The HTC Desire 816 features a 5.5-inch (1280 x720 pixels resolution) display and a 1.6 GHz Quad-core (MSM8928 ) Snapdragon 400 processor with Adreno 305. The device will run on Android 4.4 Kitkat out of the box with HTC’s Sense 6.0 interface on top of it.
On the storage front, it packs a 1.5GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB via microSD slot. In the camera department, it sports a 13MP Autofocus rear-camera with LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera, both the cameras are capable to shoot Full HD (1080p) video recording. All this is powered by a 2600 mAh battery, which will give you approximate talktime of up to 21 hours and a standby of up to 737 hours.
“We thought it was time that consumers had better smartphones to choose from across price points and payment options. We have partnered with a number of retailers to ensure that these HTC Desire line of products are not only affordable, but also accessible.” said Erin McGee, Vice President of Marketing of HTC America.
The other phones in the Desire line up that are present in the different markets are Desire 616, 516, and 316. Right now, HTC didn’t reveal any plans to launch any of the other Desire series of smartphones this year. It would prove more flexible for consumers if HTC further adds more devices to its current Desire series of smartphones in the country.
These mid-range handsets with decent specs are offering the premium experience without putting a hole in your pocket. Also, these are the kind of devices that won’t put dent or your wallet and yet you will walk away with a premium looking phone and a solid performer.
It is unknown whether HTC will be offering the Dual-SIM variant of Desire 816 and Desire 610 in the country. In case, if company reveals any plans for the same, then we will keep you in a loop. The country wide-retail availability of both will be sometime later this month.