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Earlier on today, HTC officially announced their latest models in the Desire smartphone range, the Desire 610 and Desire 816. Both mid-range smartphones, the new Desires aim to give the consumer access to many of the features found in the award-winning One series at a more affordable price. We’re really digging the design of both these phones and can’t wait to get our hands on them to give them a proper run down.

Specifications for the Desire 816 include the following:

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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

Specifications for the Desire 610 include the following:

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  • 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

The new Desire smartphones are set to release in Ireland in Q2. The full official press releases can be found below. 

HTC REIGNITES THE MID-MARKET WITH 2014 HTC DESIRE PORTFOLIO

HTC Desire 816 is the first of a new breed of mid-range HTC smartphones combining beautiful design and flagship performance for incredible value

 Barcelona, Spain, February 24, 2014 – HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, has today unveiled the first model in its ambitious 2014 mid-range portfolio. The HTC Desire™ 816 distils elements of the internationally-acclaimed design DNA of HTC’s flagship HTC One® family, with a vibrant, modern colour palate and quality materials that give the HTC Desire range its own familiar, yet distinctive flavour. Demonstrating HTC’s obsessive focus on incredible design, both inside and out, the HTC Desire 816 packs an advanced feature set that makes it one of the best value smartphones ever introduced by HTC.

“The HTC Desire 816 marks the beginning of an exciting new era for the mid-tier,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC. “Incomparably beautiful to look at and hold with the technology and software to match, the HTC Desire 816 challenges everything that people expect from lower cost smartphones. It is bringing genuine choice to the category by delivering stunning design and high-end performance at unbelievable value.”

Beautifully designed, powerful performance

The first edition of the new-look HTC Desire family comes fully loaded with HTC’s iconic dual-frontal speakers and HTC BoomSound™ for incredible audio quality, while HTC BlinkFeed™ keeps users up-to-date with the latest news and social updates on the spacious 5.5 inch screen. Two powerful cameras make the HTC Desire 816 ideal for photography lovers. A 13MP rear-facing camera complete with HTC Zoe™ and automatic highlight videos, as well as a 5MP front-facing camera, make it the perfect device for capturing both the perfect selfie and stunning landscapes in amazing quality.

Powered by a quad-core, 1.6 GHz processor and offering 4G LTE connectivity, the new HTC Desire model offers world-class speed and power and is fully-equipped to keep pace with the most active lifestyles, whether browsing, gaming or switching between multiple apps.

Global Availability

The new HTC Desire 816 will be available in China, running HTC Sense 5.5, from March and will be upgraded to the latest version of HTC Sense via an OTA update upon global retail availability in April. For more information visit www.htc.com.

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HTC DESIRE 610 EXTENDS THE NEXT GENERATION FAMILY OF MID-RANGE HANDSETS

 Powerful entertainment hub introduced to HTC’s stunning new HTC Desire range

 Barcelona, Spain, February 24, 2014 – HTC, a global leader in mobile innovation and design, has today unveiled the HTC Desire 610. A compact entertainment hub, this vibrant phone comes packed with a host of features for an incredible mobile audio and visual experience, including a stunning 4.7” screen, HTC BlinkFeed and HTC’s industry-leading sound property, HTC BoomSound.

“Consumer choice should be about selecting the best-in-class features without having to compromise on quality,” said Philip Blair, President, HTC EMEA. “The HTC Desire 610 offers an outstanding combination of performance and entertainment at a price that makes it possible for everyone to enjoy an exceptional smartphone experience.”

Beautifully designed, powerful performance

The HTC Desire 610 is powered by a quad-core processor and 4G LTE connectivity that keeps you going whether you are viewing a live stream of personalised news, updates and stories to your HTC BlinkFeed home screen, watching videos or browsing the internet. The all-round multimedia experience is completed with advanced photo editing capabilities and automatic highlight videos that will enable you to share and show-off your photos and videos in amazing quality.

Global Availability

The new HTC Desire 610 will be available across Europe from May. For more information visit www.htc.com.

 

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