For heir first announcement at MWC 2014 HTC has unveiled the new HTC Desire 816. As a mid-range device it offers a 5.5 inch display with a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, a 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM and 4G LTE connectivity, alongside Sense 5.5 in-built.

There’s also a 5 megapixel front-facing camera, the HTC Zoe camera function pre-installed, BlinkFeed ready to go and HTC’s BoomSound blasting out tunes.

And to top it off, the HTC Desire 816 also includes a microSD card slot.

HTC have also said that they will update the HTC Desire 816 with the latest version of Sense in April, which could mean they will be announcing a new version of Sense sometime this week.

“The HTC Desire 816 marks the beginning of an exciting new era for the mid-tier,” said Peter Chou, HTC’s chief exec.

“Incomparably beautiful to look at and hold with the technology and software to match, the HTC Desire 816 challenges everything that people expect from lower cost smartphones. It is bringing genuine choice to the category by delivering stunning design and high-end performance at unbelievable value.”

There’s no word on pricing yet, but we do know that it will launch in China in March and globally from April.

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