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HTC Launches Budget-Friendly Desire 600 and 800 Devices in US

HTC announced the launch of the Desire 800 and 600 series for the US this afternoon, kicking off with the announcement of the Desire 816 smartphone for Virgin Mobile, priced at $299 off-contract.

The Desire 816 features a 5.5” HD display, 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon CPU, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB of onboard storage with support for up to 128GB of expandable storage, 13MP rear-facing shooter, 5MP front-facing camera, and runs Android 4.4+ out of the box. 

In addition to the Desire 816, the Desire 610 is also launching for US customers, available for purchase through HTC’s online store, priced at $199 off-contract and $0.00 on-contract through AT&T.

The Desire 610 features a tad bit lower specs than the Desire 816, packed with a 4.7” FWVGA display, 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB of onboard storage with support for up to 64GB expandable storage, 8MP rear-facing shooter, and 1.3MP front-facing camera.

Both devices are now available, so head on over to HTC.com to check them out.


HTC Desire 800 and 600 series launching with multiple wireless carriers, rate plans and price points, delivering greater access to signature HTC features

BELLEVUE, WA — August 11, 2014 — HTC, a global leader in innovation and design, is introducing the HTC Desire family of smartphones to the U.S. market, offering a breadth of models for consumers who want choice in price points and contract types without compromising on design or performance.
“Design and innovation are what we’re known for, and now we’re taking that to new segments of the market with our HTC Desire line,” said Erin McGee, Vice President of Marketing of HTC America. “We thought it was time that consumers had better smartphones to choose from across price points and payment options. We have partnered with a number of retailers to ensure that these HTC Desire line of products are not only affordable, but also accessible.”

The HTC Desire Experience

The HTC Desire family sports many of the iconic features and experiences launched on the HTC One flagship family.
Best-in-class sound – HTC BoomSound™ and its dual front-facing speakers have become instantly recognizable to HTC One users and offer a premium audio experience. Outstanding image capture, editing, effects and sharing – The advanced camera features deliver creative, professional-looking photos and amazing effects, giving consumers more choice in creating, editing and sharing photos. Consumers can tap into the unique functionality of Zoe™ Highlights, which lets consumers create mini-movies complete with personalized soundtracks and visual effects.

Content integration – The inclusion of HTC Sense® 6 with the HTC BlinkFeed® experience aggregates the consumers’ chosen news feeds into a snackable experience on their homescreens. High-quality display – The HTC Desire family features large, graphic-rich screens housed within beautifully designed phones made of premium materials that feel great in your hand.
Variety – The HTC Desire family will be offering a variety of bundles of features, sizes and color options in smartphones launching across multiple carriers and retailers through the end of the year. The HTC Desire 816 follows the recent availability of the HTC Desire 610 and are the first of many HTC Desire smartphones coming to the US market this year.

Feature-Rich Smartphones

The HTC Desire 610 packs an array of features, including a 4.7” FWVGA display, 1.2GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ CPU, 1GB RAM and 8GB on-board storage with support for up to 64GB expandable storage. The 8-megapixel rear camera offers 1080p Full HD video recording and the 1.3 megapixel front camera is perfect for a quick video chat or snapping a selfie.
The HTC Desire 816 builds on the HTC Desire 610 with enhanced specifications, including a 5.5” HD720 display, a 1.6GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ CPU, 1.5GB RAM and the same on-board storage with support for up to 128GB expandable storage. For more serious shutterbugs, the main camera packs 13 megapixels, and also features 1080 Full HD video recording, while the 5-megapixel front camera features a wide-angle lens. Both have a back side-illuminated (BSI) sensor for enhanced captures in low-light conditions.


The HTC Desire 816 will be available beginning this Tuesday, August 12, at Virgin Mobile for $299 on any of Virgin Mobile USA’s Beyond Talk no-contract plans, and at various retail outlets later this month.
The HTC Desire 610 and HTC Desire 816 are also available through HTC.com. For more information about the HTC Desire family and other HTC products, visit the HTC newsroom.

  • Mats Punt

    Haha. 300 dollars for those specs… My OnePlus One is laughug with me :). But i that phone wasn’t ever released, this is actusly a pretty good deal.

  • tech247

    The 610 at $200 off contract looks like a very good deal.

  • Cael

    HTC’s phones get uglier by the day. How the mighty have fallen.

    • ^ there’s always one in every crowd. lol

      • Cael

        Right because everyone loves HTC’s designs. /s

  • Mudokon83

    Need an HTC quality, with Samsung camera, with no physical button, 5.1 size, micro SD slot, rootable and unlocked bootloader and HD screen

    • T4rd

      So pretty much the One M8 with a better camera?

      • Mudokon83

        yeah totally.

  • Without the dumb logo bezel bar, the 600 would be really nice.

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Can these be used on TMo?

  • This phone actually looks very nice aesthetically. IMO


      1080p is overkill

      • I can partly agree with that. I suppose I’d have to see the screen before I judge it.

  • ROR1997

    The 5c look with nicer colors

    • Kevin

      Why does everyone copy Apple?

      • ROR1997

        It’s actually smart to do it on a mid range phone because it can help sell because it has the iPhone look

        • Kevin

          I never thought of it that way. At least their flagships are different.

        • I never once thought of the iPhone looking at the Desire line, you’re delusional.

          • ROR1997

            No, not the line, just this design on this phone

          • Jonathan Williams

            Left to be Desired?

      • Matt G

        Its not copying apple. Android has made made budget friendly devices for years by cutting down on specs and using plastic on some of their lower end models. So Apple copied android not the other way around

        • Kevin

          I wasn’t talking about the budget phones. I was talking about the looks of the phone.

  • Mudokon83

    Can anyone here chime in on HTC ONE M8’s camera? is it really horrible? (knowing that S5 camera is amazing)

    • mcdonsco

      Its not very good…there are some rare circumstances (low light) where it may do better than some others, but most of the time its on the poor side for quality pics.

    • ROR1997

      I wouldn’t be able to live with it. G3 and S5 are the flagships to compare cameras with

    • Alex Niehaus

      I use it every day for work taking pictures of displays and it’s honestly not bad at all. Blows my GS3 out of the water and takes almost identical pics to the Lumia 928 I had which took great pictures.

      My wife has a G2 and for whatever reason hers always seems to take awful pictures. We ended up using my M8 for all of our pics for a hike we went on and for casual anniversary pics, and they all turned out great. The pics snap instantly and I feel the color is great, especially in low light.

      It definitely doesn’t zoom in worth a crap, but for everyday pictures I haven’t had any issues with it so far and feel a lot of the negativity is just bc it’s not as good as a GS5 with its high MP

    • Tho less in resolution obviously, it’s not the trainwreck most folks may have you believe. It have fantastic Contrast, Great black levels, deep rich colors in my Experience. You can take from very Fantastic shots with it, just don’t expect to zoom in a whole lot. Just frame the shot exactly as you want it and don’t blow it up, and you’ll be better than just fine.