HTC Desire 816 hands-on (Video)

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For a phone that’s definitely aimed at shoppers not looking for the latest smartphone flagship, HTC’s Desire 816 still manages to deliver a lot. It’s got a big HD screen, a nice, clean design, and those stereo BoomSound speakers we can’t get enough of. Anxious to get some time with the phone, we tracked it down at the MWC for a hands-on look.

While overall the specs may be unarguably mid-range, there are definitely a few high points that really make the 816 stand out, like that front-facing camera. We don’t give front-facers much more than a passing thought these days, but if more manufacturers were doing what HTC is up to here, giving the 816 a five-megapixel front-facer with a quite wide-angle lens, we might soon find our attitudes shifting. Other perks like support for microSD might even give the 816 a leg up over certain more prominent Androids. Check out the clip for our full impressions.

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!