HTC Desire 616, One E8 dual SIM smartphones launched in India

By | July 14, 2014

HTC is quite happy with the way its new product line up is performing in India and has some serious plans for this market. As of now it has 4-5% share in the Indian smartphone market and is keen to take that to 14-15% in next couple of years. Keeping this strategy in mind HTC recently launched HTC Desire 616 and HTC One E8 in India. HTC Desire 616 is a mid range offering while HTC One E8 is plastic version of HTC One M8 with similar specs.

HTC Desire 616 has been launched at a price point of Rs. 16,900, while HTC One E8 will set you back by Rs. 34,990. Desire 616 will start retailing from this week while One E8 will be available by the month end. Incidentally both the devices support dual SIM functionality. The Desire 616 was also launched in the China early last month and has been made especially keeping in mind Asian smartphone markets.

HTC Desire 616 launched in India

HTC Desire 616 launched in India

Desire 616 is a dual SIM handset where one slot supports a micro SIM, while second one supports regular SIM. It features a 5 inch display at HD resolution (1280×720 p) thus delivering a pixel density of 294 ppi. Its 1.4 GHz octa core SoC has been paired with 1 GB of RAM which is quite odd as you are binding such a powerful SoC with just 1 GB of RAM. It has a very low internal memory of 4 GB out of which major chunk will be occupied by OS. 4 GB RAM in a budget device below 10 k is justified but at this budget HTC should have delivered at least 8 GB of memory to stay competitive. However its memory can be increased with the use of an external memory card upto 32 GB.

An 8 megapixel auto focus camera with LED flash has been installed at the back, while a 2 megapixel camera is available at the front side. The Desire 616 comes power packed with a 2,000 mAh battery and wireless connectivity option include  Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, GPRS/ EDGE and 3G. Desire 616’s android version hasn’t been disclosed as of now.

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HTC One E8 is also a dual SIM dual standby device and is a watered down HTC One M8 which has more curvier poly carbonate body instead of a metallic body found in the later. The One E8 runs on latest Android 4.4.2 Kitkat out of the box and boasts of a 5 inch SLCD 3 display with full HD resolution (1920×1080 p) which sums up to a pixel density of 441 ppi. One E8’s processing needs are met by an impressive 2.5 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8975AC) processor coupled with 2 GB of RAM. Latest Adreno 330 GPU takes care of rendering graphics and images.

HTC One E8 launched in India

HTC One E8 launched in India

On the camera front One E8 is equipped with 13 megapixel auto focus rear snapper with LED flash. It also features a 5 megapixel front facing camera. However there is a fundamental difference between One M8’s and One E8’s camera, the former houses a dual camera setup which consists of an 4 ultrapixel camera paired with another depth sensing camera which is missing in later. One E8 comes with 16 GB of internal storage which can be increased up to a whopping 128 GB using an external microSD card.

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Connectivity options available on One E8 include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with Direct and DLNA functionality; 4G LTE; 3G; GPRS/ EDGE; GPS/ A-GPS with Glonass; Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP; Micro-USB; and a 3.5mm audio jack. It comes power packed with a 2,600 mAh battery which is non removable.

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HTC Desire 616 Specs

  • Display5 inch
  • Pixel Density: 294 ppi
  • Processor: 1.4GHz octa core
  • Front Camera: 2-megapixel
  • Resolution: 720×1280 pixels
  • RAM: 1GB
  • OS: Android
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Rear Camera: 8-megapixel
  • Battery capacity: 2,000mAh

HTC One E8 Specs

  • Display5 inch SLCD 3
  • Pixel Density: 441 ppi
  • Processor: 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon
  • Front Camera: 5-megapixel
  • Resolution: 1080×1920 pixels
  • RAM: 2GB
  • OS: Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Rear Camera: 13-megapixel
  • Battery capacity: 2,600mAh
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