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First impressions: HTC Desire 816

First impressions: HTC Desire 816
News from Times of India:

NEW DELHI: After unveiling it at the Mobile World Congress in February, HTC has announced in India the launch of Desire 816, the company’s mid-range phablet.

India is the first market where it is launching a ‘world phone’ variant of the phone that supports both GSM and 3G (HSPA) networks as well as CDMA-EVDO networks, claims the company. Equipped with a 5.5-inch display, the phone has been priced competitively at Rs 23,990 in a market where consumers are increasingly preferring large screen phones.

We got a chance to spend some time with the Desire 816 at the launch event and here’s what we think about it:
HTC Desire 816 follows the same design philosophy as the company’s flagship phone, HTC One, complete with front dual stereo speakers. However, unlike the One’s all-metal chasis, Desire 816 is made of plastic. Since the phone sports a big, 5.5-inch display, the overall footprint is also larger compared to the One. Having said that, it doesn’t look unwieldy like the One Max and people with small fingers will also find the phone use manageable.

It sports a unibody form factor with rounded corners. Although made of plastic with a glossy finish, the build quality is pretty good and exudes a premium feel.

The front of the phone is dominated by a 5.5-inch Super LCD 2 display with a resolution of 720 x 1280pixels. Although, the number of…………… continues on Times of India

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