HTC continues to be its future on the mid-to-high tier of the smartphone market, and its latest quarter results show us that the strategy is working. The recent launch of the Desire 816 and Desire 610 show us a couple of products that, while mid-tier, are superior in quality when compared to the devices they compete with. Recently we learned that the company is adopting MediaTek processors for the future of that mid-tier offering, and it seems that future starts today.

HTC has just launched the Desire 616 in Russia and parts of Asia, and the most interesting feature this device brings to the table, is a 1.4GHz octa-core MediaTec processor. In addition, the rest of its spec sheet is actually very enticing as we have a 5-inch 720p display, dual-SIM support, an 8 megapixel camera, and 4GB of storage that’s expandable to an extra 32GB via microSD.

Sadly this device will launch with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean for reasons that we can’t explain, but services like Sense and BlinkFeed will make the cut. Another feature that won’t be part of the original launch is LTE, which makes sense in order to keep the price down. Apparently this device won’t come to the US, though at prices that range between $200 and $300, things could change over time.

Source: HTC
Via: GigaOM

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