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HTC Desire 816G Quick Review, Price and Comparison

HTC has announced the launch of a low cost variant of the Desire 816 smartphone dubbed Desire 816G employing a different chipset. This smartphone is priced at Rs 18,990 and it is aimed to target the mid-range smartphone seekers. Here is a quick review of the smartphone to analyze its hardware


Camera and Internal Storage

The primary camera unit in the HTC Desire 816G is a 13 MP sensor that is coupled with auto focus and LED flash for better low light performance. This camera is capable of recording FHD 1080p videos and supports HDR shooting mode. At the front, the handset boasts of a 5 MP selfie shooter that will take charge of video conferencing. At this pricing, many smartphones arrive with similar or even better photography aspects making the Desire 816G a standard one.

The internal storage stands at 8 GB and this can be extended up to a whopping 128 GB using a micro SD card. While the 8 GB of storage space might sound low given the price of the smartphone, it is supplemented by the enormous expandable storage support.

Processor and Battery

The chipset used in the Desire 816G is a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 paired with 1 GB of RAM for decent multi-tasking. This hardware combination should be sufficient for a decent performance and multi-tasking experience and the chipset is used in many other low cost smartphones below 10K including Android One phones.

A 2,600 mAh battery unit is included in the HTC smartphone and this is believed to pump in a decent backup of long hours to the device.

Display and Features

HTC has given the handset a spacious 5.5 inch HD Super LCD2 display with a screen resolution of 1280×720 pixels and a pixel density of 267 pixels per inch. This panel will be suitable for the basic tasks and will save the battery life to some extent as it is slightly more power efficient as compared to conventional IPS LCD panels.

The Desire 816G is fueled by Android 4.4 KitKat operating system topped with Sense 6.0 UI and packs the usual connectivity features such as dual SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. It has flaunts dual-front-facing BoomSound speakers with in-built amplifiers for an enhanced audio output. Some features of HTC Sense 6 UI have been trimmed down.


The HTC Desire 816G will be a direct rival to the smartphones such as new Moto G, Asus Zenfone 6 and Gionee Elife E7 to mention a few.

Key Specs

Model HTC Desire 816G
Display 5.5 inch, HD
Processor 1.3 GHz Quad Core MediaTek MT6582
Internal Storage 8 GB, Expandable up to 128 GB
OS Android 4.4.4 KitKat
Camera 13 MP/ 5 MP
Battery 2,600 mAh
Price Rs 18,990

What we Like

  • Impressive camera features
  • Android Kitkat
  • Good Battery capacity

What we Dislike

  • No Corning Gorilla Glass protection

Price and Conclusion

The Desire 816G with a price tag of Rs 18,990 will provide the mid-range seekers with a worthy smartphone to try out the HTC experience without shelling out too many pennies. The handset has advantages such as a great imaging hardware and a juicy battery. Perhaps if HTC hadn’t downgraded the RAM, Downgrade to MediaTek chipset wouldn’t have been a big deal.


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.