HTC has announced two new smartphones for the Indian market. The Desire 616 is a mid range smartphone that aims to take on the likes of the Moto G but with a larger form factor, whereas the HTC E8 is a plastic variant of the flagship device that the M8 is with a slightly curvier design profile, plastic chassis and a single lens camera setup on the rear of the device.
The Desire 616 is a Dual SIM device that features a 5 inch 720 P display with a 1.4 GHz Octa Core SoC with 1 GB of RAM. The device has a 2,000 mAh battery, rear firing speakers as well as 4 GB of internal memory that can be expanded with a micro SD card. Out of 4 GB internal memory just 2 GB is available to the users. You have an 8 MP camera with single LED and a front facing 2 MP camera too. The Desire 616 would go on sale next week for a price of Rs 16,900 in grey and white colors.
The E8 on the other hand is a premium device and is basically an M8 with a plastic casing. It would be available towards the end of the month for Rs 34,900 in four colors that include red, blue, white and grey. The device has the same internals as the M8 and also brings the likes of Boomsound, Sense 6 as well as Android 4.4.2 out of the box. The Ultra pixel camera here has been replaced by a 13 MP camera, there is no IR blaster and no secondary depth measuring rear camera. The E8 despite all these tear downs, looks like a gorgeous piece of hardware and would be interesting to see how it is received in the market.