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HTC Desire 816

Key Specifications

  • Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS
  • 3G
  • Quad Core Processor
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 5.5"
  • 13MP Rear Camera
  • 5MP Front Camera
  • 2600mAH Battery
  • 8GB Internal Memory

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HTC Desire 816 REVIEW:


The HTC Desire 816 is the company’s offering in the mid-range phablet segment. The device shares similar features with HTC One mini 2 having the same chipset and camera. Since the maker is HTC, we do expect a decent design and HTC tries to impress in this category. For this price, the device directly competes with Moto X, Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 and Sony Xperia T2 Ultra. Let us see how it tries to excel in the competition.


Design & Display:
As stated earlier, the device falls under phablet segment sporting a 5.5 inch SLCD 2 display with 267ppi. The device’s design seems to be mainly inspired from the One Series. The device is decently thin at 7.9mm and also feels a bit lighter. Though the device is mainly made of plastic, the device looks absolutely stunning. This time, the power button comes on the side instead of being at the top. Colors look good on the display and there’s not much fading and viewing angles are also wide. Here the strange downside is the surface on the back. It looks glossy, doesn’t have any pattern or texture and looks a bit cheaper. The back surface also seems to be fingerprint magnet and prone to scratches.


User Interface:
The device comes up with Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sense 6 UI on top which we have seen in One M8. Most of the features and apps are similar but this phablet doesn’t support lockscreen gestures which we see in One M8. We also get the other HTC featured apps like BlinkFeed, Kid mode and Zoe. Overall Sense UI runs smoothly on this device and we hardly noticed any lag.


Camera, Audio:
The device comes with 13MP rear camera. This time, instead of troubling us with the Ultra Pixel Camera, HTC has given the usual BSI sensor. The front facing camera is of 1080p capable 5MP. The camera UI seems to be similar to One M8 and we get a bunch of camera modes for tweaking. The image quality is excellent with very little noise and distortion. The same impression is not observed in low light photography. Video recording is also surprisingly nice and allows 1080p at 30fps and 720p at 60fps. Overall the image quality is really impressive. Regarding Audio, we have dual stereo speakers in the front. Though this is a mid-range device, this is one of the outstanding audio qualities we have ever seen.

Connectivity & Additional features:
The phone supports dual sim – dual standby functionality. The device supports Wi-Fi b/g/n, DLNA and Bluetooth 4.0 but lacks NFC (NFC is available for only few countries). There is also active noise cancellation with a secondary microphone. Infrared is also missing so you cannot use it as a remote control for various devices.


Performance & Battery:
The device is powered by Snapdragon 400 quadcore processor at 1.6GHz with 1.5GB RAM. The GPU provided is Adreno 305. With these specs we expected a good performance and the device is impressive in this category as well. In Antutu, it scored around 21k, and in Geekbench it scored 1510 which is higher Galaxy Grand 2 and Xperia T2 Ultra. Overall, the device has managed to live upto the expectations. The device comes with 2600mAh battery which is quite decent and should last for a day easily. There is an extreme power saving mode where you can squeeze the most out of the battery.


Impressive design
Excellent camera in the segment
Good overall performance for multitasking and gaming
Good audio quality


Plastic build – backpanel surface is glossy and feels cheap
Though audio quality is very good, loudness is not upto the same levels.
No NFC, Infrared.


Overall, HTC should be appreciated for bringing up such an excellent device for such a price. The performance is good, camera quality is impressive, audio and video capabilities are stunning along with a handsome looking design. What else do you expect in a device for such a price? We highly recommend the HTC Desire 816 and presently it seems a very reliable option in the segment.


Compare HTC Desire 816 with other phones with similar specs:

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

Lenovo P780

Motorola Moto G

Karbonn Titanium S7

Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 A240

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

Xolo Q1100

HTC Desire 816 Price

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HTC Desire 816 Specifications

Announced 2014, February
Release Date 2014, March
Operating System Android v4.4.2 KitKat
Processor 1.6 GHz Quad Core Cortex A7 Processor
GPU Adreno 305
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
RAM 1.5 GB
Internal Memory 8 GB
External Storage 128 GB
Size 5.5 inches
Touch Screen Yes, Capacitive
Screen Type Super LCD 2
Resolution 1280 x 720 pixels
Pixel Density ~267 ppi
User Interface HTC Sense UI vHTC Sense UI
Multi-touch Yes
Stylus No
Rear Camera 13 MP
Front Camera 5 MP
Rear Camera Features 4160 x 3120 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, simultaneous , HD video and image recording, HDR
Video Recording 1080p
Image Stabilization No
2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network WCDMA 2100
4G Network No
Dual SIM Yes, GSM and GSM
Dual standby Yes
Triple SIM No
Micro SIM No
Nano SIM Yes
Form Factor Phablet
Dimensions 156.6 x 78.7 x 7.9 mm
Weight 165 g
Color Black, White, Red, Gray, Green
Browser HTML5
4G No
GPS Yes, With A-GPS Support and GLONASS
Bluetooth Yes, v4.0
USB microUSB v2.0
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA
Wi-Fi Hotspot Yes
Music Player MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+
Radio Yes, Stereo FM Radio
Video Player MP4, H.264, H.263, WMV
Sound Technology HTC Boom Sound
3.5mm Jack Yes
Loud Speaker Yes
Ringtones Vibration, MP3
SMS Yes, Threaded View
EMAIL Email, Push Email
IM Yes
Social Networking Yes
Battery Type Non-removable Li-Po 2600 mAh battery
Talktime up to 21 hours
Standy by Time up to 614 hours
Built-in Apps Google Play, Google Search, Google Maps, Google calendar, Gmail, Youtube
Games Yes
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
+ Additional Features
SNS integration, Predictive Text Input
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