If the HTC Desire 516 dual SIM is looking to compete against a certain Moto phone, then it’s probably a bit late seeing as it has been launched in India at a price of Rs 14200 months after the Motorola devicemade its debut. All it’s getting are stragglers and those in love with HTC, because the budget-minded consumer has already bought the Moto G unless they had a particular objection to the brand name.
The mid-range HTC Desire 516 was released in China not too long ago and HTC has finally seen sense in bringing this handset to one of the fastest growing smartphone markets in the world. A recent IDC report revealed that 78% of such devices shipped to India in Q1 2014 were priced below Rs 12000. In other words, the country is a shining beacon of hope to manufacturers selling relatively inexpensive phones.
So the HTC Desire 516 sits rather uncomfortably above the Rs 12000 mark, but that’s not all too bad if the success of the Moto G which costs between Rs 12499 and Rs 13999, is anything to go by. HTC has chosen to hurriedly launch the handset on the same day that the BlackBerry Z3 has made its debut in India, probably wishing to prevent the latter from further eroding its chances of capturing a tasty chunk of the mid-range market.
HTC Desire 516 specs run-through:
– Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS
– 5-inch 540 x 960p qHD touchscreen
– Quad core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 processor
– 1GB of RAM, 4GB internal memory
– 32GB microSD card support
– 5MP main camera w/ LED flash, 2MP webcam
– 1950mAh battery, 9 hours talk time
– Dual SIM support
– 3G, GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/AGPS