The mid-range smartphone market is witnessing new launches every day with the latest one being the octa-core powered Paansonic P81 priced at Rs 18,990. In the same price bracket HTC released a quad-core phone with a similar 5.5 inch display, the Desire 816 costing 23,999. To judge which of these phones is better here is a detailed look at their spec comparison.

htc desire 816 vs panasonic p81

Display and Processor

Large screen phones are becoming the rage among the consumers as they are convenient for watching videos, playing games and browsing the internet. Realizing this, the manufacturers are coming up with devices that are fitted with large displays. Both the smartphone feature a 5.5 inch HD display boasting 1280×720 pixels.

But, the difference is that the Panasonic phone has an IPS panel while the Desire 816 boasts of a Super LCD 2 panel. Obviously, the IPS display delivers outstanding viewing angles and clearer content, whereas the Super LCD 2 panel consumers less power conserving the battery life.

Talking of the hardware segment, the Panasonic P81 is stuffed with an octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor ticking at 1.7 GHz. This processor is supplemented by a Mali450-MP4 GPU and 1 GB of RAM. In comparison, the HTC offering incorporates a 1.6 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor that is teamed up with Adreno 305 GPU and 1.5 GB of RAM. While the octa-core processor in the Panasonic phone is superior, the bigger RAM in its opponent is great for multi-tasking.

Camera and Internal Storage

The primary camera in the Panasonic P81 is a 13 MP auto focus sensor that is paired with LED flash and FHD 1080p video recording. Also, there is a 2 MP front-facing snapper onboard that is capable of making video calls and clicking selfies. On the other hand, the Desire 816 features a similar 13 MP rear camera with auto focus, LED flash and 1080p video recording capabilities along with HDR and an enhanced 5 MP front-facer that helps in shooting HD 720p videos and great quality selfies.

To meet the storage needs, the Panasonic P81 packs 8 GB of onboard storage space that can be extended externally up to 32 GB with the help of a micro SD card. The Desire 816 on the other hand bundles similar 8 GB of internal storage space that can be expanded up to a whopping 128 GB via a micro SD card. Hence, the HTC offering with such a large expandable storage support tops the storage shelf.

Battery and Features

The battery capacity in the Panasonic P81 is 2,500 mAh that can deliver acceptable backup that can last for up to a day under moderate usage. Meantime, the Desire 816 features a 2,600 mAh battery that is fitted with a juicier 3,000 mAh battery that proves stronger.

On the software front, the Panasonic P81 is fueled by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS with bleak chances of an update, on the other hand the Desire 816 is based on the latest iteration of the platform, Android v4.4 KitKat.

Both the phones include connectivity features such as 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC and GPS, while the Panasonic offering comes with dual SIM support as well.

In addition to these, the Panasonic P81 comes with f eatures such as Gesture Play, Pop-i Player and Dual Play – Dual Window. And, the HTC Desire 816 includes dual frontal speakers with Boom Sound for louder audio performance.

Key Specs

Model Panasonic P81 HTC Desire 816
Display 5.5 inch, HD 5.5 inch, HD
Processor 1.7 GHz Octa Core 1.6 GHz Quad Core
RAM 1 GB 1.5 GB
Internal Storage 8 GB, Expandable up to 32 GB 8 GB, Expandable up to 128 GB
OS Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera 13 MP/ 2 MP 13 MP/ 5 MP
Battery 2,500 mAh 2,600 mAh
Price Rs 18,990 Rs 23,999

Price and Conclusion

Both the smartphones come with similar display, but they are priced in different ranges at Rs 18,990 and Rs 23,999 respectively. While the Panasonic P81 has a powerful processor, the HTC Desire 816 comes with increased memory space up to 128 GB, better front camera and a high capacity battery.