For the obvious reason of being one of the best devices released so far this year, the HTC One M8 receives far more attention than other HTC smartphones, but it doesn’t mean that the company cares only about its most demanding customers. The Desire lineup, which is aimed at mid-tier users, has two new members too, the Desire 610 and 816. Both phones went official way back in February at MWC and HTC sure didn’t hurry in bringing them to our motherland. The wait is finally over, though, and both are available for purchase in the US.
HTC Desire 816 vs. HTC Desire 810
The first carrier to offer the HTC Desire 816 in the US is Virgin Mobile which sells the phone for $299 without contract. If you want the handset in unlocked flavor, you can grab it straight from HTC’s online store. HTC store is also where the Desire 610 awaits you, this one is unlocked as well.
Of the two, the HTC Desire 816 sit somewhat higher in smartphone hierarchy. The device has a huge 5.5-inch display with 720p resolution and is powered by a quad-core 1.6 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor. It comes with 1.5 GB of RAM on board along with 8 GB of internal memory expandable up to 128 GB via microSD slot. Even though it doesn’t offer UltraPixel technology, the Desire 816 guarantees top notch camera experience with its 13-megapixel main camera and a massive 5-megapixel front-facing sensor.
The phone’s 2,600 mAh battery can handle up to 21 hours of talk time or up to 737 hours of standby time. On software side, the 816 offers Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0 and a bunch of HTC goodies such as Zoe, BlinkFeed and BoomSound speakers.
The Desire 610 with its 4.7-inch FWVGA display is decidedly smaller that the 816. The phone also has a quad-core Snapdragon 400 inside, though the chip is clocked at 1.2 GHz and paired with 1 GB of RAM. Internal memory is set at 8 GB and there is microSD slot for storage expansion compatible with up to 64 GB cards.
The rear camera has an 8-megapixel sensor and is capable of recording 1080p video, while the front-facing shooter is of 1.3-megapixel variety. The battery has a capacity of 2,040 mAh and is good for up to 15 hours of talk time or up to 650 hours of standby time. Like the 816, the 610 ships with Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0 out of the box.
Both phones sport LTE radio, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA, 3.5 mm stereo audio jack and a variety of sensors including accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensor. Both are available in several color options.
Neither the Desire 610 nor 816 will wow you with their specs, but that was never HTC’s goal. What the company wanted to achieve with its Desire lineup was to deliver decent experience at affordable price and both the 610 and the 816 are a proof that it can be done. If you want to check for yourself, you can either buy your preferred model through one of the available channels or wait for availability from other carriers.