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HTC Announces Mid-Range Desire 816 and Desire 610, Plus Philanthropic Power To Give Initiative

HTC may have skipped this year’s Mobile World Congress, but that doesn’t mean the company has completely forgone announcements. Yesterday, in addition to teasing a much more exciting smartphone, HTC detailed two mid-range devices bound for overseas markets, the Desire 816 and Desire 610. The company also unveiled a philanthropic initiative that aims to leverage the unused computing power of smartphones for scientific uses.

Both the Desire 816 and Desire 610 feature BlinkFeed and stereo BoomSound, but that’s where the commonality ends. The Desire 816, which will launch in China next month and other countries in April, sports polycarbonate casing and a 5.5-inch 720p display. It’s powered by a 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC and contains 1.5 GB of RAM, a 2600mAh battery, 8GB of flash storage, and a microSD slot. The rear-facing camera is respectable at 13MP, as is the front shooter at 5MP.


The Desire 610 is a decidedly lower-specced handset. The display size is smaller at 4.7 inches and the processor slower at 1.2GHz, and the device contains only 1GB of RAM and a 2040mAh battery. The cameras’ megapixel counts take a hit, too, with only an 8MP shooter on the back and 1.3MP on the front. Clearly a budget smartphone, the Desire 610 will launch in Europe in May.


Arguably more intriguing than the smartphones is HTC’s Power To Give program. Using an app, any smartphone user can donate computational power to the medicinal, scientific, or environmental researchers. Those concerned about battery drain needn’t worry; the application will only start when your device is charging and connected to WiFi. Right now, the app is compatible with the HTC One series, Butterfly, and Butterfly s, but HTC plans to broaden compatibility in the coming weeks.

Power To Give is available from the Google Play Store.

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  • terrorist96

    Can I mine Bitcoins with my phone? 😀

  • M3D1T8R

    One hopeful (no pun intended) bit of info we may be able to deduce from this: If their mid-range 720p “816” device has a 2.6Ah battery, it seems logical that their flagship new One with 1080p will have a larger battery, probably at least 3.0Ah. So we’re looking good on that front.
    And while this pretty much totally confirms the HTC logo bar, I actually think these devices, even with the bar, look pretty decent.
    Now if they can just manage to put an SD slot in the new One, I just might be sold.

  • superg05

    power to give fake ass pr htc phones only

  • Jpx

    The design of these look better than the HTC One IMO. And if the price is nice enough I might just buy one as a mp3 player since it has an sd card. These really look like a lot of fun

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  • DainLaguna

    Honestly? i kinda dig the way these look over the new one. very stylish and the specs arent terrible, especially in the 816’s case

  • Al-Burrit0

    Wow you guys make it sound like a 13 mp camera is okay at best and a 8mp is bad. I know they are most likely not optimized to their fullest or have top of the line camera sensors, but I mean look what apple has done with their 8mp camera on the 5S. Its not all about pixels…

  • Arty McBert

    “And an SD card slot.”

    I smiled reading this. Good job, HTC. Hopefully the new One will also have an SD card slot. Expandable storage is the way to go, screw the cloud!

    • T4rd

      If it makes it to US carriers, it will probably be removed. I’ve noticed this a lot and assume it’s so you’re forced to use more carrier data (and thus give them more money). Most recent incident that comes to mind is the G2.

      • M3D1T8R

        Dang, you may be right. But I will keep my hopes up.

    • Brendan

      The new flagship has been confirmed to have a SD card slot.

      • M3D1T8R

        Really? Do you have a link? If true that’s fantastic news. And I hope the sd slot makes it to the US unlike the Butterfly/DNA…

        • Brendan

          Not right now, but the HTC exec named Shen He (or something) said it would.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Pics? I could have sworn you guys already posted about this.

    • The Narrator

      I believe it was just outline picture and rumor

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Nah other sites reported couple days ago. This was a MWC announcement…with pics.

  • Cory Pitkavish

    please survive htc.. we need the compitition!

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      God I hope so. Samsung domination isn’t what we need, htc and LG need to up their marketing and take down the giant! Haha

      • The Narrator

        Don’t forget Sony now lol, I’m really hoping the Verizon rumors are true.

      • I don’t see how Samsung dominating the competition is such a big problem. They know how to make great products that stay relevant, and perform better than any other manufactures phones. If they’re winning I don’t see how the other manufactures losing affects you in anyway.

        • Cory Pitkavish

          it effects not just me but every consumer because competition drives innovation and drives prices down. thats why we dont want samsung to dominate for to long. and not one samsung phone i have ever used whether it be my old gs3 or my buddies note 3 has run smoother than my moto x. touch wiz slows it wayyyyyyy down. they do not preform better then everyother oem

  • Ryan N

    The program reminds me of “Folding at Home” for ps3. Anybody recall?…

    • rals

      Yeah, and Samsung is also doing this as well.

    • Aardvark99

      or seti @ home before that…

  • The Narrator

    The Desire 816 looked really nice in a video. If it’s priced right, a good prepaid phone, burner, whatever you’d like to call it.