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HTC Desire 816 Review, Unboxing, Benchmarks, Camera and Verdict

HTC Desire 816 has made a newest entry into the phablet market as we have never any product from HTC under category so its the one which is supposed to create a new image as well of its own and it has done that as well to an extent. In this review we will tell you whether its worth the money you spend on it.


HTC Desire 816 Full In Depth Review + Unboxing [Video]

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HTC Desire 816 Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 5.5 inch SUPER LCD2 capacitive touch screen with 720 x 1280 HD resolution
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 400
  • RAM: 1.5 GB
  • Software Version: Android 4.4.1 (Kitkat) OS
  • Camera: 13 MP AF camera
  • Secondary Camera: 5 MP front-facing camera FF [Fixed Focus]
  • Internal Storage: 8 GB with 5 GB approx user available
  • External Storage: Expandable up to 128GB
  • Battery: 2600 mAh battery Lithium Ion
  • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • Others: OTG Support – Yes, Dual SIM – Yes (Nano SIM), LED Indicator – Yes
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity and compass

Box Contents

Inside the box you will get handset with battery inside, user manual, guide for sim cards insert, warranty card, standard headphones, Micro USB to USB Cable and USB Charger.

Build Quality, Design and Form Factor

HTC Desire 816 follows a rather different design compared to other previous phones we have seen in the desire series. It is made up of good quality of plastic on edges and rear. The rear of the device has a glossy feel which makes fingerprint appear on the surface but the edges has got matte finish which gives a firm grip. It does feel very heavy at 165 grams but does feel slightly big to hold in one hand but thickness of only 8mm does give it better form factor as compared to the other phablets in the market.


Camera Performance

The rear camera is 13 MP which produces good photos on day light and in low light as well the performance is good. 5 MP front camera is also good for decent quality of video chat as well.

Camera Samples


HTC Desire 816 Camera Video Sample

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Display, Memory and Battery Backup

It has a great display which has good viewing angles and the display font size is such that you wont see any pixels on the this display with 720p resolution unless you read a document with large amount of text. In built memory of 8 Gb with 5 Gb approx available to the user and you also have microSD card slot in which you can insert memory card upto 128 GB as it supports SDXC cards as well. However you can not install apps on the SD card but you can move apps from phone memory to SD card. It will give you are around battery backup of one day on moderate usage, but backup will be less than one day in case you play more games and watch videos a lot on this device.


Software, Benchmarks and Gaming

It runs the latest HTC sense UI 6.0 on top of the android and the UI does have some extra features like improved Blink Feed and enhanced camera gallery. The custom UI on top of android is responsive and faster most of the times. Hardware of the device is good enough handle any HD games provided you have storage for the same, we player MC4 and Frontline Commando D day both of these games ran without any graphic lag.

Benchmark Scores

  • Quadrant Standard Edition: 9840
  • Antutu Benchmark: 16838
  • Nenamark2: 57.4 fps
  • Multi Touch: 2 point

HTC Desire 816 Gaming Review [Video]

Sound, Video and Navigation

The sound quality is one of the best and loudest in this category which you will get from this device which makes it really good value of the money if sound matters to you a lot. You can play HD videos both at 720p and 1080p as well on this device without any audio or video lag. GPS navigation also works smoothly outdoors and it can also catch signal in indoors as well provided the signal is of strong strength. It also have magnetic field sensor for price GPS navigation.

HTC Desire 816 Photo Gallery


What We Liked

  • Good camera
  • Light weight
  • Good Built Quality
  • Loud Sound

What We Did Not Liked

  • Glossy Rear Back
  • Limited One handed usage

Conclusion and Price

HTC Desire 816 is a price of approx 23,000 INR in the market which makes this devices slightly costly but good built quality, good camera and awesome quality of sound makes it real good value for money. Some of the things we did not liked much about this device was finger print magnet back and limited one handed usage but none of these things can be deal breaker for many people out there.

Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.View Author posts