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The HTC Desire 616 is pretty but lacks power (pictures)

This good-looking phone from HTC derives its good looks from the Desire 816, but it ultimately underwhelms with its sluggish performance.

Aloysius Low
Aloysius Low is a Senior Editor at CNET covering mobile and Asia. Based in Singapore, he loves playing Dota 2 when he can spare the time and is also the owner-minion of two adorable cats.
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The HTC Desire 616 is a budget phone with dual-SIM card slots, so you can have personal and work SIMs, or a SIM for a nearby country. It's powered by a MediaTek octa-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz.

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The phone runs the outdated Android 4.2.2 software, with HTC's Sense 5.5 UI on top -- also not the newest version.

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The back is shiny happy plastic.

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The Desire 616 has an 8-megapixel rear camera.

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The camera has all the basics, including beauty mode filter and panorama.

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It's 9.2mm thick, which is fairly chubby these days.

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As well as dual-SIM slots, the phone has a removable 2,000mAh battery.

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