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It was initially believed that HTC would unveil its much awaited M8 smartphone, the HTC One successor, at Mobile World Congress 2014. However last week the company confirmed that M8 would be unveiled at a separate event next month, so it doesn’t have much to show at MWC apart from what can be considered its 2014 flagship mid-range smartphone. The HTC Desire 816 has been announced today at MWC, and according to the company, it hails from a “new breed of mid-range HTC smartphones combining beautiful design and flagship performance.”

Under the hood beats a 1.6GHz quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.5GB of RAM and 4G LTE connectivity. There’s 8GB of onboard storage with microSD support and a 2,600mAh battery. The company has slapped its Sense 5.5 user interface on top of the core Android OS. All of this is topped off with a 5.5 inch 720p HD display. Photography buffs would appreciate the 13 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front camera, which HTC says is good for capturing the “perfect selfie.” The company’s “BoomSound” front facing speakers can also be found onboard. HTC Desire 816 will first be launched in China next month, whereas its global retail availability is expected in April. HTC hasn’t talked about pricing as yet, but that information should materialize in the near future.

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