HTC is in a rather weird spot with its new Desire 816 phone. The phone has been announced, so we know what it looks like and what its specs are—but the software hasn't been revealed yet. The company has some units running Sense 5.5 to play around with, but the phone will actually launch with Sense 6. We'll probably get a look at Sense 6 when the company reveals the next HTC One next month, but until then, there's hardware with no software.
And it looks like some pretty nice hardware. The company is calling it a "flagship midrange" phone: although aiming at around the $400 (off-contract) to free (on-contract) price range, the company nonetheless wants it to be a well-built, pleasurable, high quality device. This puts it in much the same ballpark as the Moto X, another phone with midrange pricing and specs but a high-end build and feel.
As a testament to its midrange nature, the 5.5-inch screen is only 1280×720. I haven't seen how it fares in bright daylight, but in the convention halls of MWC it looked great. Blacks were very black, colors were vibrant, and brightness was more than sufficient. Sure, it's not 1080p, but for using apps, browsing the Web, and taking photos, I didn't feel like I was missing out. It's midrange, but it ain't cheap.