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HTC Desire 816 Specs Rating Review (59.1) – Competition Comparison

HTC Desire 816 Specs Rating Review (59.1) – Competition Comparison

HTC Desire 816 offer a big screen in a gentle price with good processor and some HTC software we already met in other premium HTC devices. HTC Desire 816 has the same camera and the same processor as HTC One mini 2 and it also has the same resolution on the screen (720p) but HTC Desire’s screen is much bigger. It’s the second phablet of HTC and just the first affordable one and it has a lot of competition from LG, Samsung, Huawei and ZTE so let’s compare the device to other phablets.


HTC Desire 816

• Huge 5.5″ 720p Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen,

• Ambient light sensor that controls the screen brightness automatically

• Average pixel density (267ppi) – expected for a midrange device.

• Excellent viewing angles

• Good contrast ratio

• Low reflectivity that makes the display usable outside in the sun


• LG Optimus G Pro has 401PPI with a 5.5 inches screen

• HTC One Max has 373PPI with 5.9 inches screen

• Sony Xperia Z Ultra has 344PPI with a 6.4 inches screen

• Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo (162PPI), ZTE Grand Memo (257PPI), Sony Xperia T2 Ultra (245PPI), Huawei Ascend Mate (241PPI), Samsung Mega (233PPI) have less PPI than HTC Desire 816

• Mid range smartphones have over 300PPI and high range above 400PPI


HTC Desire 816

• Strong 13MP autofocus camera that takes good photos

• 1080p video capture at 30fps, F/2.2 aperture, 28mm lens

• Dual-LED flash for night shots

• 5MP front-facing camera with BSI sensor, it’s the biggest front camera on the category

• The front camera can take 1080p videos

• 4:3 sensor, you lose some resolution when taking 16:9 shots.

• HDR, Panorama, geo-tagging and some image effects are available

• You can control ISO, exposure compensation, white balance and image adjustments.


• LG Optimus G Pro, ZTE Grand Memo and Sony Xperia T2 Ultra have also a 13MP camera

• You can find bigger cameras on premium devices like Sony Xperia Z2 with the 20.7MP camera

• There are 5 phones with cameras (20.7MP), all of them are Sony devices, except Samsung Galaxy K Zoom


HTC Desire 816

• Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU, Adreno 305 GPU

• 1.5GB of RAM

• Not sluggish, fast enough for multitasking, browsing, HD videos and 3D games


• HTC Desire 816 has a faster processor than Sony Xperia T2 Ultra.

• Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo has a faster processor than HTC Desire 816.

• You can find the same chipset as HTC Desire 816 in HTC One mini 2

• LG Optimus G Pro, ZTE Grand Memo, Sony Xperia Z Ultra, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, Huawei Ascend Mate and HTC One Max have all 2GB of RAM.

• Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and LG G Pro 2 have also fast processors and 3GB of RAM


HTC Desire 816

• 2,600mAh battery that is small for a phablet

• Extreme Power Saving Mode is useful when you run out of battery

• 21 hour talk time on 3G,


• The biggest battery is found on Huawei Ascend Mate (6.1 inches), a 4050mAh battery.

• There are a lot of devices with bigger batteries at that size: HTC One Max (3300mAh), ZTE Grand Memo (3200mAh), Samsung Mega (3200mAh), LG Optimus G Pro (3140mAh), Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo (3100mAh), Sony Xperia Z Ultra (3050mAh) and Sony Xperia T2 Ultra (3000mAh)


HTC Desire 816

• Android 4.4.2 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0

• Active noise cancellation with a secondary microphone (great when you talk on your phone on noisy surround)
• Front-facing stereo speakers with great sound

Blinkfeed, Kids mode and HTC Zoe are here too.

• Dedicated Car mode screen, which can launch automatically when the phablet connects to your car’s Bluetooth.

• Polaris Office 5 is pre installed and can create and read Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and PDF.


• HTC Desire 816 is the only phablet at that price with pre installed the Android 4.4 version.

• There are 11 phones with Android 4.4 right from the start but most of them are premium ones.

• There are also some software rich devices like Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, Sony Xperia T2 Ultra and LG Optimus G Pro.


HTC Desire 816

• HTC Desire 816 measures 156.6 x 78.7 x 7.9mm

• The weight of 165g makes this one of the lighter 5.5″ phablets

• No aluminum unibody, just plastic but it’s pleasant to the touch and good-looking

• Lock key is on the top where it’s hard to reach. It is metal and also the volume button is metal.

• The back is non-removable and the card slot is on the side.

• Desire 816 has 8GB of built-in memory, 4.2GB of which is user accessible,


• The thinner device is Huawei Ascend P6 (6.2mm) and the lighter is HTC Desire C (100g).

• Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo at 5.5 inches is 8.6mm and 162g

• ZTE Grand Memo at 5.7 inches is 8.5mm and 120g

• Sony Xperia Z Ultra at 6.4 inches is 6.5mm and 212g

• LG Optimus G Pro at 5.5 inches is 9.4mm and 172g



• The screen

• The camera

• The processor

• The price


• Power key place (hard to tap)

• The battery

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HTC Deisre 816 has all that you were searching for in the phablet market except from the battery. It has a big screen, a great camera, a fast processor and some software advantages. The body is tall and light but the battery is small as the price. If you have a limited budget but you need the maximum screen, this is your choice.

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