HTC Fights Back with the Desire 516
The budget smartphone market has been drawing a lot of attention especially in Europe, with the recently released Moto G seeming to be the knockout punch to competitors in this category. Now a new challenger has arrived in the form of the HTC Desire 516.
The Desire 516 comes with mid-range specifications. It will have a 5-inch screen with 540 x 960 resolution and a low pixel density of 220pi. Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB or RAM, 4GB of internal memory and bundled with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, with rumors surfacing that it might not receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update. It sports a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and 2 megapixel front-facing camera as well as a 1950mAh battery, expected to give about 9 hours of talk time. It has a dual SIM support, which indicates it is aiming to cater for those who want separate personal and work SIM’s without having to juggle two devices.
When we compare this device specifications to that of the Moto G, the Moto G still comes out the victor. It has a 720p display despite a smaller 4.5-inch screen, better processor and storage. It also comes bundled with Android KitKat instead of the preceding Jelly Bean. Interestingly, the Desire 516 will be retailing at a higher price compared to the Moto G, going for about 199 Euros while the Moto G currently retails at 170 Euros. The device is expected to be released in the coming weeks.