HTC Desire 616, Budget Conscious Dual SIm


HTC Desire 616

A few months ago, in June, HTC released a budget smartphone specifically aimed at those of you who depend on two carrier plans and need a device for “hosting” them both. I’m talking about the HTC Desire 616, a very capable device which not only brings dual-SIM support, but a whole bunch of tempting features, such as an octa-core processor, a large display, a removable battery and more. As I was previously suggesting, the phone’s features come accompanied by another tempting factor, which is a reasonable price that won’t go hard on your wallet. Keep reading and find out if this fella is your cup of tea and deserves to be purchased.

The HTC Desire 616 comes in an eco-friendly box that holds a charger, a microUSB cable for making data connections and re-charging your device and a pair of headphones.

The handset stands at 142 x 71.9 x 9.2 mm and has a weight of 150 grams, being quite compact for its size and easy to handle or fit into pockets. Even if it’s entirely made from plastic, the phone doesn’t look cheap or anything like that, yet I don’t particularly like the glossy finish from the back, as it invites fingerprints over to stay and that’s kind of annoying in my book. If you can get past that, we can carry on.

The HTC Desire 616 holds a 5 inches display that has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a pixel density of 294 ppi. The image quality isn’t stellar, but will do for a device from this price range, offering some pretty colors and good viewing angles. The sunlight legibility isn’t something to write home about due to the screen’s reflectivity, but at least the image quality is pretty nice in-doors.

Let’s see what’s cooking on the inside. The Desire 616 comes packed with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean which has been customized with HTC’s proprietary UI, Sense 5.5. Browsing through the interface is really a piece of cake, if you ask me, as it’s friendly and intuitive and runs smooth also. Although some of the offerings that came with the latest releases of Android and Sense aren’t present here, the user experience remains pretty sweet and you won’t be feeling anything missing if you’re not a power user.
At the hardware department, the HTC Desire 616 holds support for a Mediatek MT6592 chipset, having an octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Mali-450MP4 GPU, 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage, which is very small, but can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 32 GB. The handset will manage to fulfill its tasks without lagging or anything like that, but you might not want to throw too many at it.

In its connectivity backpack, the HTC Desire 616 holds support for quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, dual-band 3G on one of the SIM cards, Wi-Fi b/g/n with the Hotspot functionality, Bluetooth 4.0 with LE and A2DP, microUSB 2.0.

For surfing the web, you get to choose between using Google Chrome or the Android browser, which has been customized by HTC. Both of them are highly capable and offer plenty of options and settings for improving your browsing experience – which is very good.

For snapping pictures, the HTC Desire 616 offers an 8 megapixels camera with autofocus that takes photos with a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels and has a LED flash for helping in low light conditions. Some other features are HDR, geo-tagging, touch focus or face detection. The image quality is pretty average, as I’ve seen better results from other 8MP snappers.
The video camera is capable of producing 1080p clips @30 fps, yet is also pretty uninspiring when it comes to image quality.
A front-facing 2MP camera is also on board for making video calls.

Some other features offered by the HTC Desire 616 are a pretty capable video player, which is familiar with 1080p videos and the AVI, MKV or MP4 formats, a nice audio player which offers equalizer presets, an FM Radio with RDS support, the Polaris Office 5 for viewing and editing document files, a file manager, a GPS receiver with A-GPS support, Google Maps for navigation, Google Now as a personal assistant that displays information which could be relevant to you and more.

The HTC Desire 616 comes packed with a 2,000 mAh user-replaceable battery and will last almost two days under a moderate usage.

HTC Desire 616 Budget Conscious Dual SIm


One Response to “HTC Desire 616, Budget Conscious Dual SIm”

  1. Victor Says:

    the batt capacity really doesnt last 2 days…

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