News by Luke Jones on Tuesday August 12, 2014.
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HTC has been rolling out plenty of smartphones in 2014 as the company sticks to its commitment to concentrate on more areas of the market. The Taiwanese giant needs to with sales and demand on the wane and all the pressure seemingly on the shoulders of the HTC One M8 flagship. That is especially the case in the United States, where sales have dropped in the last quarter as HTC's new handsets have yet to arrive.That is changing though as the company has confirmed that the mid-range Desire 816 is now available and has rolled out in the US today. The handset will be available with Virgin Mobile, but if you want to choose your own carrier, unlocking is now legal, so knock yourself out. The Desire 816 is available with the carrier for $299 off contract, and you will get a pretty solid smartphone for that money. Firstly, the Desire 816 looks good, although it is made of plastic unlike premium HTC models that are clad in metal. It has a large 5.5-inch 720p display, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (1.6GHz quad core) with 1.5GB of RAM and a 13 megapixel rear camera. Around the front there is a selfie crowd pleasing 5MP lens, while there is 8GB of on board storage and support for MicroSD expansion. That's a decent amount of phone for 300 bucks and is certainly the kind of mid-range effort that could give HTC some much needed traction in the US. The company has also released a cheaper device recently, the Desire 610 that is available for $200 with GoPhone.
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