The All New HTC One+ 2 isn't expected to make an appearance at Mobile World Congress, but that doesn't mean HTC doesn't have things to share. The company just held a press event where it unveiled a new midrange device, the Desire 816.

Desire 816

This handset comes with a 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a 5.5-inch display, 1.5 GB of RAM, 2600mAh battery, 8GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. The phone has a 5MP camera on the front and a 13MP shooter on the back. It will launch in China next month and head out to other countries starting in April.


Desire 610

The Desire 816 is joined by the 610, announced separately from the event via a press release. This smaller handset has a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a 4.7-inch display, 1 GB of RAM, 2040mAh battery, 8GB of storage, and a microSD card slot. Its front-facing camera falls down to 1.3MP, while it's rear-facing one is 8MP. The handset is scheduled to hit Europe sometime in May.


These devices both show a lack of capacitive keys, suggesting on-screen buttons. They also come with BlinkFeed and dual-frontal speakers with BoomSound, so expect these to provide a One-like experience at a fraction of the cost once they're available.

HTC Power To Give

At the event, HTC also announced its new Power To Give initiative, which will allow users to volunteer a bit of their smartphone's computational power to good causes. When your device is charging, connected to WiFi, and your battery is over 90 percent, you can allow it to download small bits of data, process it, and upload it back to a server. Your device will assist projects related to cancer, AIDs, and clean water research. The app will work with the HTC One series, Butterfly, and Butterfly s, along with select other devices such as the Galaxy S4, even though that phone can already use Samsung's own Power Sleep app.

The company asserts that a million HTC One handsets running the app can generate nearly a petaflop of computational power. Look for the app, along with pricing information for the Desire 816 and 610, to show up soon enough.

Update: You can now find the app in the Play Store below.

Source: HTC [1], [2]

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Andrew

    Dat bezel

  • TY

    Desire 816's specs...HTC nailed it. Now if the price is >$299...

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      We can only hopr

    • nwd1911

      I may have missed this, but did they release the resolution of the screen on the 816?

  • moumouza

    Desire 816 looks very nice, now lets see that price...

  • Scott Hendry

    BOINC for android has been out for a while. i do see the need however to... simplify the UI for the masses.

  • Godspoken

    What does "a petaflop of computing power" even mean?

    • theunknown

      100 Trillion Processes per second

      • Ivan Myring


  • http://thisismartin.com/ Martin Spa.

    The 816 look nice!

  • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

    HTC is almost the next Samsung.
    Even all of their phones have started looking pretty much the same!

    • Ezzy

      That's the point, it's called a "portfolio". They're supposed to be identifiable as HTC devices.

      • http://twitter.com/anishbhalerao Anish Bhalerao

        The Nexus line makes different looking devices, and still is EASILY IDENTIFIED as the Nexus line!
        Samsung's Tablets, Phablets and Phones, all look the same, and I don't think identifiability is a concern here. The lack of design is.