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HTC Desire 516 is an affordable dual SIM smartphone

by on11 July 2014

199 Euro in EU

HTC has just released its second dual SIM phone for the European market. Dual SIM phones are very common in China and India, but they are very hard to come by in most European countries. HTC has already released the HTC One M8 flagship phone with dual SIM functionality and now they are introducing HTC Desire 516 that sells for a rather modest 199 euro.

The HTC Desire 516 has a 5-inch panel in QHD resolution (960x540). This is not very impressive by today’s standards, as we would at least expect to see a 720p display if not even something better. It comes with an inexpensive Snapdragon 200 SoC, 1 GB RAM and 4 GB of storage. It measures 140 x 72 x 9.7 mm (5.51 x 2.83 x 0.38 inch) and weighs 160 g (5.64 ounces). Luckily there is a microSD slot so you can easily and inexpensively increase the storage of your phone. The device uses a lithium polymer 1950 mAh battery.

It is weird to see a mid-2014 phone coming with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and there is no word whether this device is going to get Android 4.4 KitKat at a later date, let alone Android L as an option. Android 4.3 is not a typo at our side; we saw it in the official HTC specification that we got with the press release.

It has a 5-megapixel f/2.2 rear camera and a 2-megapixel front facing cameras camera and can record video in 720p at 30 FPS resolution. The phone is designed for China and India, but it starts shipping in Austrian and Swiss markets in early August with a suggested retail price of 199 euro or 219 CHF at launch.



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