HTC is holding off the announcement for its next flagship device until March 25. In the meantime, the company has announced its new, mid-range HTC Desire 816 smartphone. It comes with the style and design of the HTC One, but in plastic form.

Its appearance may look similar, but the HTC Desire 816 fails to match last year’s HTC One in performance. Instead of the latter’s Snapdragon 600, running under the 816’s hood is only a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor to power a 5.5-inch display at 720p resolution. Nevertheless, the Taiwan-based company is still dubbing this device as their “flagship mid-range” phone. It also happens to be their first phone offering in 2014.

HTC Desire 816 Specs

  • Android (HTC Sense UI)
  • 5.5-inch capacitive touchscreen (720×1280 HD), ~267ppi
  • 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8928) processor
  • Adreno 305 GPU
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • microSD support up to 128GB
  • 13-megapixel main camera, with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3G, HSDPA, LTE
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
  • Dimensions: 156.6 x 78.7 x 8mm
  • Weight: 165g
  • Li-Po 2600mAh battery

Key features to take note of from the HTC Desire 816 include its dual front-facing speakers with HTC BoomSound for crisp, immersive audio performance. Photo junkies will also appreciate the high-res sensors for the pair of cameras of the device.

The price is yet to be revealed, although we can expect the lowered specs and plastic casing to lower the HTC Desire 816’s retail cost. Availability starts this spring and varies by country and region.

[Source: HTC]

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