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Sony Xperia T2 Ultra VS HTC Desire 816 Comparison Overview: Display, Camera, Hardware and More

If you are looking for Android phablet from a tier one manufacturer around 25,000 INR and are not willing to compromise on the large display real estate, your path will definitely cross, the hot selling Sony Xperia T2 Ultra. HTC has now put forward a worthy competitor HTC Desire 816, with 5.5 Inch Display and impressive mid range spec sheet. Let’s put both of these phones head to head.


Display and Processor

Both of these phones push the portability issues to their respective LCD phablet displays featuring 720p HD resolution. The HTC Desire 816 features 5.5 Inch IPS LCD display with narrow bezels and the display is quite bright and crisp.

The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra with sleek and stylish Omni Balance design language from Sony has a bigger 6 inch TFT LCD display with similar HD resolution. The display looses most of its glamour when you switch to auto brightness or lower brightness levels.

In case, you find biger displays alluring, T2 Ultra will entice you more, but the HTC Desire 816 comes with slightly better display quality if you are willing to settle for 5.5 inches instead of 6 Inches.

Both of these smartphone are powered by Snapdragon 400 chipsets with Cortex A7 based cores. The T2 Ultra has all 4 cores ticking at 1.4 GHz, where as HTC Desire 816 scales the frequency to 1.7 GHz making the cores faster. It also comes with more 1.5 GB RAM (Vs 1 GB) to aid with smooth multi tasking.

Camera and Internal Storage

The primary camera in Xperia T2 Ultra has a 13 MP sensor capable of full HD 1080P video recording; the front 1.1 MP shooter can also record 720p HD videos for good quality video recording. Desire 816 also features a 13 MP f2.2 shooter with 28 mm lens capable of full HD video recording.

The secondary camera has more pixels (5 MP) with 720p HD video calling ability which makes it for suitable for selfies. Overall, both of these camera’s won’t hamper your user experience. You don’t have much to choose from in this regards.

The Internal storage in again same at 8 GB for both smartphones, but Desire 816 comes with some extra MicroSD storage (32 GB VS 128 GB). Both of the storage will be sufficient for most users, but HTC Desire will provide the option for some additional microSD storage should you need some.

Battery and Features

Xperia T2 Ultra Dual comes with 3000 mAh battery and a stamina mode, which will last one day with moderate usage. Desire 816 on the other hand feature 2600 mAh battery which has to power a slightly smaller display. It’s hard to tell for sure which one will provide with better battery backup for now.

Both of these phones come with glossy plastic back and dual SIM functionality. HTC Desire 816 has the advantage of dual frontal speakers and HTC Boom sound which will enhance your multimedia experience. It also comes with latest Android 4.4 Kitkat with Sense UI on top, whereas T2 Ultra features comparatively older Android 4.3 jelly bean, customized by Sony.

Key Specs

Model HTC Desire 816 Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
Display 5.5 inch, HD 6 inch, HD
Processor 1.6 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 400 1.4  GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 400
RAM 1.5 GB 1 GB
Internal Storage 8 GB, Expandable up to 128 GB 8 GB, Expandable up to 32 GB
OS Android 4.4 KitKat Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Camera 13 MP/ 5 MP 13 MP/ 1.1 MP
Battery 2,600 mAh 3000 mAh
Price Rs 23,990 Approx 24,000 INR


HTC finally has a worthy competitor in mid range price segment with a competitive price. Both of these phones are meant for those looking for an extra large display from a tier one manufacturer and the choice will vastly depend on individual taste. We like the HTC Desire 816 a tad bit better based on its body design, chipset and display. Other options include Nokia Lumia 1320, HP Slate 6 and Gionee Elife E7.

15 thoughts on “Sony Xperia T2 Ultra VS HTC Desire 816 Comparison Overview: Display, Camera, Hardware and More”

  1. My personal choice would also be the Desire 816 but I want to ask a question. The desire 816 which will be available in India, has LTE or not??

  2. I think T2 Ultra is better in terms of display, battery life and that premium feel. However, in all other aspects HTC Desire 816 wins.

  3. I have just got an demo of T2. It look good but 6inch is quite big to carry in ur pocket. The worst part which I feel is that Sony didn’t worked on the volume part. I played an video n at a full volume it was not even audible to me.
    So I think that’s a very big issue while looking for a smartphone.

  4. Is there any cheaper option matching or closely matching HTC Desire 816.Which phone could be the alternate option but price wise it is less than HTC Desire 816

  5. hey,i am a student in india and I am planning to take a phone with a tight budget of around rs-24000. I am a very heavy user in terms of playing games clicking pics and loading apps..i am looking for phones having good build quality and external storage facility. I checked the new HTC desire 816 and sony ultra T2 ….exploring the market…can you suggest a good phone and which is better in the above two?
    And also i have never used an android OS ….I an an ios last phones were iphone3g and then iphone4s. i also heard that sony T2 can not hold more than one graphic oriented game app because of lack of memory..its 8gb but only 4gb is available to users… i am really confused..please suggest

  6. T2 Ultra supports SD card storage. We will post our full review soon. In our initial time with both devices HTC Desire 816 seemed better. You can also opt for Moto X 4.7 inch display will suffice for you, the phone can play all high end games smoothly.

  7. not from Tier one manufacturers. You can consider Xperia T2 Ultra in the same price range.
    Other slightly cheaper options include Lumia 1320 and HP Slate 6

  8. I am confused between t2 ulta and htc 816.
    Can u tell me which phone is best.
    Which phone have best camera quality.

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