Folks in India will have a large variety of smartphones to choose from in the coming days, since four new handsets have been launched in the country today. Three of them are from HTC, while one is from Sony.
Beginning with HTC’s offerings, the company has launched HTC One (M8), Desire 816 and Desire 210 in the country. One (M8) is the best of the lot offering 5 inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM, expandable storage and dual rear cameras. The phone has been priced at Rs 49,900 ($825), which is slightly less than the asking price of Samsung Galaxy S5 in the country.
Desire 816 is company’s mid tier offering. The phone comes with impressive specs for a mid ranger, including a 5.5-inch 720p display, 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB RAM, 13 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front camera, and a 2,600mAh battery. The dual SIM phone will be offered for Rs 23,990 (approximately $400).
Last in the line is the entry level Desire 210. This one is significant, since HTC hasn’t launched a phone in this price bracket since a very long time. The Desire 210 comes with a 4-inch, 800×480 resolution display, a 1 GHz dual-core Mediatek MT6572M processor, 512MB RAM, 5 megapixel rear camera, VGA front camera, 4GB internal memory that is expandable and a 1,300mAh battery. The phone runs on Android 4.2.2 and has been priced at Rs 8,700 ($143), where it will compete with the likes of the Nokia X.
Sony has also launched the Xperia M2 in the country. For Rs 21,900 ($360), the phone offers a 4.8 inch qHD (540 x 960) display, Snapdragon 400 quad core processor at 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory with microSD, 8 megapixel rear snapper, VGA front facing camera, 2,300mAh battery. The dual SIM phone runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean The display of the phone is rather disappointing, given that most of the phones in this price bracket offer a 720p display. The phone will take on Desire 816 directly, which is a better but more expensive phone.