More than a month after HTC announced its Desire 816 phablet for the Indian market, the device is finally available for purchase online at a price of Rs 24,999. Apart from being launched over two weeks later than expected, the Desire 816 is also priced higher than its launch price of Rs 23,990.
The device sports a 5.5-inch HD display (1280x720 pixels) and is powered by a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor. It also features 1.5GB of RAM which should make for some snappy performance, while internal storage stands at a measly 8GB.
In terms of imaging, the Desire 816 features a 13MP f/2.2 primary camera at the rear that's capable of capturing fullHD video. The front facing camera has a resolution of 5MP, perfect for taking those all important selfies. In terms of connectivity the device has dual SIM card support, Bluetooth 4.0, Wifi, GPS connectivity.
The device runs Google's latest version of Android 4.4.2 KitKat, with HTC's propitiatory Sense 6.0 UI loaded on top. Sense is regarded as the best custom Android skin rolled out by any manufacturer, and also gives users access to BlinkFeed, HTC's news service.
HTC's Desire 816 will head the company's growth in the mid-range smartphone segment. With it's increased focus on the Indian market it could seem like a turn-off that the company delayed the phone's launch by a few weeks, but nevertheless it does come with some compelling specifications.