The midrange segment of the smartphone market is one that HTC is very familiar with, thanks to the company’s Desire line of smartphones. HTC looks to continue such offerings with the recently-identified A16, thanks to famed leaker Evan Blass.
The leaked images, six in total, reveal a smartphone with sizable bezels on the top and bottom, a common criticism of HTC’s smartphone offerings in the past few years. Two front-facing speakers flank the display, with a large rear camera lens on the back. If anything, looking at the overall design, the leaked smartphone is reminiscent of the Desire 626S, which HTC announced last July for T-Mobile and MetroPCS.
Based on information leaked by Twitter user LlabTooFer, another known leaker, the A16 is also very similar to the Desire 626S on the inside. Powering the phone is a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, which is paired with 1.5GB of RAM. You’ll reportedly get 8GB of internal storage, though it’s expandable through the MicroSD card slot.
Elsewhere, we reportedly have a 5-inch, 1,280 x 720 resolution display, along with a 5-megapixel sensor on the front and an 8MP shooter on the back. Finally, the alleged 2,200mAh battery shouldn’t have any trouble keeping the A16 running all day, and maybe then some.
Given the A16’s rather meager specifications, we don’t expect the A16 to break the bank. That seems to be the case here, as rumors point to the handset going for around $150 outright, making the A16 even cheaper than the Desire 626S when it first launched.
Whether HTC will shed some light on the A16 during Mobile World Congress in a few days is to be determined, though Blass hinted at such an occurrence:
Tomorrow’s news, yesterday: HTC A16 pic.twitter.com/oCvO4abh5w
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 20, 2016