HTC Desire 816 Review


This phone has generated a lot of buzz and it has been selling strong in many markets and especially in India. HTC Desire 816 has placed HTC amongst the top selling phones of Samsung and it is giving it a run for their money. HTC Desire 816 is a phone with an amazing specification sheet. Let us see if these specs make for an amazing performance phone. [wptab name=’Review’]


Even though it is HTC, they have finally compromised something to achieve an overall awesomeness. HTC Desire 816 has a polycarbonate body which is pretty glossy and feels a tad chunky. The phone has an average feel to it. The dimensions overall are that of a larger phone. I like how smooth it is but it just does not feel like the amazing HTC Desire design line. The Desire 816 has Boom Sound Beats speakers as well. The speakers are really loud and extremely clear.


I think this is by far the greatest display on a phone around this price. HTC Desire 816 comes with a 5.5 inch 720×1280 pixels resolution. That makes for a very dense and awesome HD display. The glare is not too much and that results in very nice viewing angles. Desire 816 has beautiful colours and an even better clarity to it. I loved watching movies on this display because of the 2 basic things you should get right- colour and clarity, but this also has size in its favour.


Some would say the HTC Desire 816 has a better camera than their main flagship- the HTC One M8. The HTC Desire 816 has a 13MP primary camera that takes some soothing shots. It gives a very good exposure and colour palate to your shots. HTC Desire 816 can make you woo on whatever you click. Even the focus is quiet nice and fast. The front facing camera is amazing for selfies, I know that’s all you care about these days.


The HTC Desire 816 would be running on the HTC Sense UI 6 or also called the HTC Sixth Sense. This UI is much cleaner and subtle than the TouchWiz UI. HTC Desire 816 now has the amazing Blinkfeed and HTC Zoe for the camera. The heart that pumps the awesome through the phone is v4.4.2 KitKat Android OS.


HTC Desire 816 is an exceptional phone thanks to the Snapdragon 400 processor and 1.5GB RAM which make the performance of the phone really very smooth. 816 comes with 8GB internal memory and 128GB of external memory. You even get NFC capability in the phone. You get an average battery life.

HTC Desire 816 comes for Rs. 25,000

[wptab name=’Specifications’]

GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
4G Network LTE 800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600 – EMEA version
LTE 900 / 1800 / 2100 / 2600 – Asia version
Announced 2014, February
Status Available. Released 2014, March
BODY Dimensions 156.6 x 78.7 x 7.9 mm (6.17 x 3.10 x 0.31 in)
Weight 165 g (5.82 oz)
DISPLAY Type Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 720 x 1280 pixels, 5.5 inches (~267 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
– HTC Sense UI v6
SOUND Alert types Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers, built-in amplifiers
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 128 GB
Internal 8 GB, 1.5 GB RAM
Speed HSDPA, 42 Mbps, HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP
NFC Yes (optional)
USB microUSB v2.0
CAMERA Primary 13 MP, 4160 x 3120 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, simultaneous HD video and image recording, HDR
Video 1080p@30fps, 720p@60fps, check quality
Secondary 5 MP, 1080p
FEATURES OS Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8928 Snapdragon 400
CPU Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A7
GPU Adreno 305
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser HTML5
Radio FM radio
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black, White, Red, Gray, Green
– SNS integration
– MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
– MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV player
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk
– Organizer
– Document viewer
– Photo viewer/editor
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 2600 mAh battery
Stand-by (2G) / Up to 737 h (3G)
Talk time (2G) / Up to 21 h (3G)
MISC Price group
TESTS Display Contrast ratio: 1032 (nominal), 1.783 (sunlight)
Loudspeaker Voice 66dB / Noise 65dB / Ring 66dB
Audio quality Noise -93.9dB / Crosstalk -83.0dB
Camera Photo / Video
Battery life
Endurance rating 64h



Author: Sinha

Passion and Inspiration drives my life and I get them both from technology. Getting to write about it is an absolute bliss. The bliss comes from people reading what you want to convey. There is nothing better for a person than his views to be heard. I am a music, tv shows, movies and technological enthusiast.

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