To add to its increasingly expansive midrange portfolio of Desire-branded smartphones, HTC is working on a new device it turns out. This is the Desire 616, which may in fact be the company’s first octa-core smartphone. It will use MediaTek’s now almost-ubiquitous (at least in China and other parts of Asia) MT6592 chipset, that many of HTC’s competitors have been putting in their handsets for a few months now.
The Desire 616 was certified for sale in China by TENAA, the equivalent of the FCC, and someone even got to play with a demo unit for a short time and some hands-on photos resulted, and got published by MTKsj, which speculates that it might sell for around 1,299 yuan (that’s about $209 or €151 at the current exchange rates).
The TENAA listing gives us an idea of what to expect in terms of specs. The Desire 616 will come with a 5-inch 720p HD touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording, a 2 MP front camera, the aforementioned 1.7 GHz octa-core MediaTek CPU, 1 GB of RAM, microSD card support, and it runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 142×71.9×9.15 mm, and it weighs 150 grams. It will be offered in black, blue, white, red, and yellow.
That software version does seem ancient, but it’s what most Android smartphones currently on sale in China run for whatever reason. It’s unclear whether the Desire 616 will be launched outside of China too at some point, but stay tuned and we’ll let you know when we find out more.