Htc Desire 816 Review: A Mid

HTC"s Desire series of smartphones had a decent run during the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) era. These mid-range devices catered to lớn people who wanted a phone that would perform well and was reasonably priced. In the Rs. trăng tròn,000 - 30,000 range, these phones stood up well to competition from Samsung và LG, amongst others.

With the new Smartphone HTC Desire 816, the company intends lớn rekindle interest in this segment & hopefully reverse its run of bad fortune. This phone has a large 5.5-inch screen - a crowd favourite - & the twin promises of great camera performance & great battery life. There is no doubt that this phone will be very popular if those promises are kept.

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We Reviews the phone to find out if the Desire 816 can actually live up to our expectations.

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Look và FeelSmartphone HTC has adapted the thiết kế it developed for the One (M7), which means thinner bezels on the left & right, and more space on the top & bottom to accommodate dual front-firing speakers. The Desire 816 is more or less consistent with this tall, elongated thiết kế, but differentiates itself with a large 5.5-inch display. This makes it wider and taller than the rest of the new crop of Điện thoại HTC smartphones. Coupled with a thickness of 8milimet and weight of 165g, the Smartphone HTC Desire 816 is solid lớn hold. On the whole, this is a sturdily constructed smartphone.

One problem with the polycarbonate body toàn thân is that it involves both glossy và matte textures. As a result, you"ll have sầu to giảm giá with issues inherent lớn both types of finish. In our white variant, we noticed that the glossy bachồng attracted loads of smudges while the matte edges and front were dust magnets.


HTC decided lớn move sầu all the physical buttons lớn the left edge, probably khổng lồ make room for a flap on the right edge which houses the two Nano-SIM slots and the microSD thẻ slot. The power button and volume rocker on the left edge are made of metal - a stark departure from the predominantly plastic body toàn thân. The placement of the buttons is unusual, but not too difficult lớn get used to lớn. The Micro-USB port for charging is on the bottom, và the 3.5mm audio jack is on the top alongside an additional microphone.

Features and SpecificationsOn paper, the Điện thoại HTC Desire 816"s specifications are on par with those of the Moto lớn G (review) which retails at almost half the price. With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, it is evident that the Smartphone HTC Desire 816 is not aiming for top-of-the-line specifications. We wish Smartphone HTC had chosen at least the Snapdragon 600, which is more suitable for mid-range smartphones. Graphics are handled by an integrated Adreno 305 GPU. The phone has 1.5GB of RAM và 8GB of internal storage, of which only around 4GB is available for use. This is disappointing, but thankfully Smartphone HTC allows expansion up to 128GB using a microSD thẻ.

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The Smartphone HTC Desire 816 has a 13-megapixel rear camera with a flash, & can record 1080p videos. It also has a 5-megapx front camera that can be used lớn capture even the pimples on your face with great clarity in the Selfie mode. The phone accepts two Nano-SIM cards, both of which can connect to lớn 3G networks.


The 5.5-inch screen has a resolution of 720x1280, which means a pixel density of 267ppi. Many of the current crop of 5.5-inch smartphones have the same specifications. The screen is crisp enough, but is dull even at maximum brightness. This in turn amplifies reflections và affects sunlight legibility & viewing angles. We think the Samsung lưu ý 3 Neo"s (review) screen is marginally better.

SoftwareWe are glad that Điện thoại HTC has decided khổng lồ ship the Desire 816 with the latest version of Android - version 4.4.2 (Kitkat) - và the new HTC Sense6 skin. It looks identical to the software running on the new Smartphone HTC One (M8) (review). This skin has the same Blinkfeed news reader on the extreme left homescreen, and a vertically scrolling tiện ích drawer.

Blinkfeed trumps Samsung"s Magazine tiện ích by a long shot. HTC also provides users with two other interfaces that can be used for specific purposes - Car Mode & Kid Mode. In the Car mode, there are a few often-used icons for easy access, và the Kid Mode lets parents loông xã down settings and available apps. HTC bundles the Polaris Office 5 suite and an tiện ích called Scribble, which allows users to lớn take notes. The HTC Setup Mode is available whenever you want it, and is probably the best way to lớn customise the phone.


Smartphone HTC has pre-installed Zoe, a special camera phầm mềm that it claims can "capture life lượt thích no other smartphone can" on the Desire 816. Unfortunately, it is not available, và you"ll only see a "coming soon" message when you launch it. Till that happens, we"ll just have khổng lồ settle for capturing life with the default camera phầm mềm.

CameraUnlượt thích the Ultrapx camera on the HTC One series, the Desire 816 has a standard 13-megapixel camera and it is surprisingly good. We give full marks to Điện thoại HTC for advertising it right.


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Pictures shot in broad daylight are crystal clear, & have sầu very little noise. There is very minimal loss of detail, though on closer inspection, we noticed different shades of green were slightly mismatched. The camera tries hard to lớn latch on lớn any source of light in low-light shots và the captured images, after struggling with the focus, have a watercoloured effect to lớn them. Then again, the results are definitely much better than what"s possible with all the other phones in this price range. In fact, at times, it performs better in low light than some higher priced phones too. The only negative point is that recorded 1080p Clip loses some details.


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If the rear camera was surprisingly good, the 5-megapixel front camera came as a revelation. We did not dare to lớn upload the selfies captured by this camera on a social network as all the pores và pimples on our oily skin were captured perfectly. Images are well detailed & better than those taken withsome phones" primary cameras. It would have sầu been great if the lens had been a bit wider for group shots taken at arm"s length.


The camera software is mostly minimalistic with a lot of manual settings, but Smartphone HTC goes bonkers when it comes to lớn offering different picture modes to shoot in. There are 16 modes in total, some of which are quite unnecessary. For example, the Mono mode lets users choose a colour cast, which makes the dedicated grayscale & aqua modes redundant. All said & done, we had the most fun with the Depth of Field mode where the camera artificially creates an illusion of depth by blurring those parts of the image which are not within the focus area. Despite this artificial illusion, images looked stunning with only a slight loss of detail.

With all this power to play with, we don"t think users will miss Zoe.

PerformanceDuring the testing process, we got so caught up with the great camera performance that we almost failed to notice how buttery smooth the Desire 816 was khổng lồ use, & how little lag we encountered. This is mostly due to lớn the 1.5GB of RAM under the hood. It is almost as fast as the Molớn G, if not faster.

After playing around with the phone, we were confident that the benchmark numbers would be pretty good. Here are some of them for your consideration: In Antutu & Quadrant, the phone scored 21,182 & 13,332 points respectively. Graphics performance wasn"t as impressive, with scores of 11 fps in GFXbench và a total of 5087 in multiple 3DMark Ice Storm tests. These scores might not compare well lớn those of other phones in this segment with Mediatek"s octa-core processor under the hood, but they are still workable. The Desire 816 is not ideal for playing intensive games lượt thích Asphalternative text or Shadowgun which require better graphics capabilities.


Media playback on the Desire 816 was a breeze. It played all the video clip files we threw at it without any skipping or drop in frame rates. Also, watching videos is great fun on the huge screen. The dual front-firing speakers are not as loud as the BoomSound speakers on the HTC One series, but channel separation is good. The music quality on our reference headphones was top-notch và the driver inside the phone works overtime lớn enhance the quality of sound. During calls, the phone performs admirably in latching on lớn network but the person on the other end couldn"t hear our voice clearly. On the battery performance front, the 2600mAh battery lasted us 11 hours & 7 minutes before it needed khổng lồ be charged. We expect it lớn easily last for a day và a half of regular usage, which is more than what normal smartphones can manage.

VerdictAfter playing with the Điện thoại HTC Desire 816, we really wanted khổng lồ head outdoors, headphones on, & take photos of all the scenic beauty surrounding us. The best part is that we wouldn"t have sầu to lớn worry too much about battery life either.


Priced at Rs. 23,990, it is very easy lớn recommkết thúc this phone. It feels premium, and has a far superior camera, battery life, higher internal memory capacity & better performance compared to the Mokhổng lồ G, which feels worth the price difference. If raw performance is the need, we suggest taking a look at the Gionee Elife E7 (review) instead. Any which way, it looks like HTC"s efforts are not going completely unnoticed since some reports suggest that the company is forecasting a profitable quarter based on the sales of the One (M8) and the Desire 816.