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Published on July 14th, 2014

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HTC launches Desire 616 and One E8 Dual SIM

HTC’s two new devices launched in India at Rs 16,900 and Rs 34,900. Here’s what you can expect from both.
by Manik Kakra | @Manik_K on Twitter

HTC launched two new Android smartphones in the Indian market. Both these devices are dual-SIM smartphones and are aimed at providing more affordable phones than what the company has done so far.

One (E8)The Desire 616 is an Android 4.2.2 that has a MediaTek 6592 chipset (1.4 GHz octa-core processor and Mali 400 GPU) along with 1 GB of RAM. Boasting a 5-inch 720p screen, it comes with 4 GB of on-board storage, which is expandable up to 32 GB via its microSD card slot. On the back, the phone sports an 8 MP (AF) camera; while the front has a 2 MP camera. The phone is powered by a 2,000 mAh battery unit.

Coming to the One E8 (in pic on left), this is more of a dual SIM variant of the One (M8) with a rubberised back and a few other noticeable changes in looks. Sporting a 5-inch full HD S LCD 3 display, the phone runs on Android 4.4.2 with Sense 6 on top. It boasts a Snapdragon 801 chipset (2.5 GHz quad-core processor, Adreno 330 GPU), coupled with 2 GB of RAM. Dual front-facing BoomSound speakers and a 5 MP (BSI) camera are same as the One M8, while the rear camera has been changed to a 13 MP (AF) one. It is powered by a 2,600 mAh battery unit.

Connectivity-wsise, both these devices feature Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi b/g/n (plus a in the One E8), 3G connectivity, NFC, microUSB 2.0, and GPS. While the Desire 616 comes in black and white colours, the One E8 comes in red, white and black colour options (its blue model is expected to arrive later in India). The Desire 616 goes on sale within a couple of days for a price of Rs 16,900; while the One (E8) will be available in about three weeks for Rs 34,900.

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