HTC Desire 516 is one of the company’s budget offerings in sub 15k segment. For this price the phone directly competes with Moto G. Many companies launched their devices to compete with Moto G and most of them have failed in this regard. Let us see if this phone really has the guts to excel in the competition.
Design & Display:
From this maker, who use to carve beautiful phones, we expected a nice design. But the Desire 516 looks average with all plastic design. The display is of 5 inch with 960x540 resolution with 220 ppi. The display and viewing angles are just okay. Take a note here, this is not a 720p display, with which the display could have been better. The competitor Moto G has a HD display whereas this device has only a qHD display. The back panel is of glossy plastic and easily attracts fingerprints and smudges.
We expected the device to come up with KitKat but the device comes with 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on board with Sense 5.1 UI on top of it. But surprisingly the UI doesn’t feel like Sense at all. It just feels like stock android mixed with BlinkFeed and few other HTC apps.
The device has a 5MP camera with LED flash and a front facing camera of 2MP. The image quality is not upto the mark. There is also a noticeable shutter lag while taking pictures. Images in broad daylight look decent whereas low light image quality is a let-down. The camera UI is also a bit disappointing here and the settings are a bit complex. The camera also supports 720p video recording which is quite good in broad day light. The audio quality is just okay and media playback is good.
Connectivity & Additional features:
The device supports dual sim and dual standby feature as well. We also have Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.0. The infrared port is missing and ofcourse most of the other phones too do not have this. The internal memory is limited to 4GB and we have an expandable memory slot of upto 32 GB.
Performance & Battery:
The device comes with 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, Adreno 302 GPU and 1GB RAM. The benchmark results are quite decent and the score is almost similar to Moto G. The device handles all the regular apps and multitasking quite smoothly and we haven’t noticed any lags. The device can even handle some intense games with minimal lag. The battery is of 1950mAh which is quite lesser when compared to the size. Nevertheless, it still lasts almost a day under normal usage.
Good performance – quad core processor
Big display – 5 inch
Lacks Auto Focus
Display could have been better.
Camera is not so good.
The HTC Desire 516 doesn’t seem to have the right features to be in the competition. The outdated android version, average camera and unimpressive display are the major weak points the device has been cursed with. Instead of this device, you can consider Moto G or even the new Asus Zenfone 5.