HTC has launched two new smartphones - the Desire 616 Dual SIM
and One (E8) Dual SIM
- in the Indian market. The HTC Desire 616 Dual SIM has been launched at Rs. 16,900 and will be available starting next week, while the HTC One (E8) Dual SIM (seen above) will be available by end of this month at Rs. 34,990.
The Desire 616 Dual SIM (see below) was announced recently as an Asia-specific smartphone without a specific Android version. The dual-SIM smartphone (regular SIM+Micro-SIM) features a 5-inch display with an HD (720x1280 pixels) resolution, a 1.4GHz octa-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel autofocus rear and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 4GB of inbuilt storage (expandable up to 32GB via microSD card), and a 2000mAh battery. The wireless connectivity options for the Desire 616 Dual SIM include Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, GPRS/ EDGE and 3G.
The HTC One (E8) Dual SIM (launched in June along with the single SIM variant) on the other hand, sports a similar design to the original HTC One (M7), though it features a curvier, plastic body (polycarbonate) instead of a metal casing. For those unaware, the One (E8) is the same phone that the company claimed sold 50,000 units in just 15 minutes in China. The One (E8) was made official in June.
The One (E8), based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat, features a 5-inch SLCD 3 display with a full-HD (1080x1920 pixel) resolution, which translates to a pixel density of 441ppi. It is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8975AC) processor, alongside 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 330 GPU.
The plastic edition of HTC's One (M8) (Review | Pictures) flagship comes with a 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash, and also houses a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. However, the One (E8) misses the highlight of the One (M8) - the dual rear camera setup that puts a 4-UltraPixel camera alongside a depth sensing camera.
The One (E8) comes with 16GB of built-in storage, that is expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). In terms of connectivity options, the HTC One (E8) supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with Direct and DLNA functionality; 4G LTE; 3G; GPRS/ EDGE; GPS/ A-GPS with Glonass; Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP; Micro-USB; and a 3.5mm audio jack.
It is powered by a 2600mAh non-removable battery, measures 146.4x70.7x9.9mm, and weighs in at 145 grams.