HTC DESIRE 816
HTC's Desire series of smartphones had a decent run during the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) era. These mid-range devices catered to people who wanted a phone that would perform well and was reasonably priced. In the Rs. 20,000 - 30,000 range, these phones stood up well to competition from Samsung and LG, amongst others.
With the new HTC Desire 816, the company intends to rekindle interest in this segment and hopefully reverse its run of bad fortune. This phone has a large 5.5-inch screen - a crowd favourite - and the twin promises of great camera performance and great battery life. There is no doubt that this phone will be very popular if those promises are kept.
We review the phone to find out if the Desire 816 can actually live up to our expectations.
Look and Feel
HTC has adapted the design it developed for the One (M7), which means thinner bezels on the left and right, and more space on the top and bottom to accommodate dual front-firing speakers. The Desire 816 is more or less consistent with this tall, elongated design, but differentiates itself with a large 5.5-inch display. This makes it wider and taller than the rest of the new crop of HTC smartphones. Coupled with a thickness of 8mm and weight of 165g, the HTC Desire 816 is solid to hold. On the whole, this is a sturdily constructed smartphone.
One problem with the polycarbonate body is that it involves both glossy and matte textures. As a result, you'll have to deal with issues inherent to both types of finish. In our white variant, we noticed that the glossy back attracted loads of smudges while the matte edges and front were dust magnets.
HTC decided to move all the physical buttons to the left edge, probably to make room for a flap on the right edge which houses the two Nano-SIM slots and the microSD card slot. The power button and volume rocker on the left edge are made of metal - a stark departure from the predominantly plastic body. The placement of the buttons is unusual, but not too difficult to get used to. The Micro-USB port for charging is on the bottom, and the 3.5mm audio jack is on the top alongside an additional microphone.
Features and Specifications
On paper, the HTC Desire 816's specifications are on par with those of the Moto G (review) which retails at almost half the price. With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, it is evident that the HTC Desire 816 is not aiming for top-of-the-line specifications. We wish HTC had chosen at least the Snapdragon 600, which is more suitable for mid-range smartphones. Graphics are handled by an integrated Adreno 305 GPU. The phone has 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, of which only around 4GB is available for use. This is disappointing, but thankfully HTC allows expansion up to 128GB using a microSD card.
The HTC Desire 816 has a 13-megapixel rear camera with a flash, and can record 1080p videos. It also has a 5-megapixel front camera that can be used to capture even the pimples on your face with great clarity in the Selfie mode. The phone accepts two Nano-SIM cards, both of which can connect to 3G networks.
The 5.5-inch screen has a resolution of 720x1280, which means a pixel density of 267ppi. Many of the current crop of 5.5-inch smartphones have the same specifications. The screen is crisp enough, but is dull even at maximum brightness. This in turn amplifies reflections and affects sunlight legibility and viewing angles. We think the Samsung Note 3 Neo's (review) screen is marginally better.
We are glad that HTC has decided to ship the Desire 816 with the latest version of Android - version 4.4.2 (Kitkat) - and the new HTC Sense 6 skin. It looks identical to the software running on the new HTC One (M8) (review). This skin has the same Blinkfeed news reader on the extreme left homescreen, and a vertically scrolling app drawer.
Blinkfeed trumps Samsung's Magazine app by a long shot. HTC also provides users with two other interfaces that can be used for specific purp
iberry_Androws_769, 12 Feb 2014The galaxy note_3_neo competitor.Galaxy note 3 neo is good smartphone.
But real camera 8mega-pixel!!!
So I like him...
iberry_Androws_769, 12 Feb 2014The galaxy note_3_neo competitor.Samsung galaxy note 3 neo is good smartphone.
manikandan, 16 Mar 2015I used 816 last ten month's. But now my phone having one problem. Front camera clarity is not ... moreuse colgate and nail paint remover to clean ur camera lens,,, use it via aear bud... firstly clean it using the colgate and then clean it from thinner or nail paint remover... this will work
the touch of my cell desire 816 dual sim..the touch is very slow sometime.And then when the camera u open...touch goes slow..it did not work..when we open the camera..
sherif egypt, 04 Dec 2014hey guys, does it support OTG flash memory or not ? plz answerYes ...supported
I used 816 last ten month's. But now my phone having one problem. Front camera clarity is not clear.picture looks shaded.anyone tell me suggestion.
Is it normal when i hear an internal vibe sound behid the camera & the top speaker when i put the mobile on a table for example ???
Is the SIM slot universal? i.e., is the sim slot compatible for GSM and CDMA
When phone rings through any call only one speaker sounds ... Any one having same prob...i noticed today...wts d matter plz help me
vimukthi, 13 Mar 2015this is an awsome phablet.someone tell me how to change menu style.its only to scroll up and d... moreYou can add your phone a launcher like Nova Launcher or Go Launcher, this will be really help you
this is an awsome phablet.someone tell me how to change menu style.its only to scroll up and down.can it make to swipe left and right??thank you
mouno, 11 Mar 2015can i get this phone in the market or its market-out? s u can buy it from market