The HTC Desire 616 dual sim seems specifically designed for Asian markets - it's affordable but with a large screen, an impressive sounding chipset and that all important dual-SIM connectivity. However, "budget-conscious" is not usually in HTC's wheelhouse, if you allow us the baseball jargon.
Indeed we found many of what we've come to think of "trademark HTC" features missing. There's no metal unibody of course, not in this price range, but we've seen better plastic used in some other products of theirs, too. There are no BoomSound speakers either (the Desire 700 dual sim had them), and the HTC Sense is an old and cut-down version.
Of course, the HTC Desire 616 dual sim is not without its merits - it has a 720p screen when many of its opponents go for qHD, it has an octa-core processor, a user-accessible battery and a microSD card slot, just to name a few. Here's a summary of the phone's specs and what we found lacking.
As you can see, we had our share of disappointments while reviewing the Desire 616 dual sim. We've already seen MediaTek's octa-core chipset in action but it really needs a more recent Android version. Speaking of which, Sense 5.5 had many of its apps replaced with stock Android ones.
Still, HTC has managed to pack a lot of bang for the buck inside the Desire 616 dual sim and the HTC's premium aura might pull away some of those looking at similar packages with an affordable price tag by local brands.
Will the good outweigh the bad? That's the question we'll be trying to answer as soon as we open the box.