HTC Desire 816 makes entry with Rs 23,990 price tag: Review, pictures, features and price in India

Priced at Rs 23,990, HTC's budget smartphone makes for a solid deal

The HTC Desire 816 is part of HTC’s latest lineup for 2014. The phone was originally announced at the Mobile World Congress in 2014 by HTC which touted it as a mid-range device. The smartphone had been on the waiting list of many people looking to make a purchase in the price bracket and the wait is now over.

The Taiwanese company today launched Desire 816 alongside, Desire 210 and its flagship device One M8 in India. Expected to go on sale in the first week of May, the device brings a good blend of impressive specs and beautiful built quality which we have been accustomed to seeing from the company.

According to Jack Yang, President of HTC South Asia, 'Desire 816 is the start of the mid-tier performance smartphone. Taking the best technology and putting it into the Desire 816 challenges everything people will expect from a mid-tier smartphone with performance.'

The device faces stiff competition from Samsung Galaxy Grand 2, Sony Xperia T2 Ultra among others in the country.


The HTC Desire 816 features a sleek look modeled on last year’s flagship, the HTC One. This makes it look more premium than the cost would have you believe.

It is powered by a 1.6 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor paired with 1.5 GB of RAM. The screen is on the larger side with the 5.5 inch display unit having a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels.

The primary camera has an impressive 13-megapixel sensor with support for Full HD video recording. The front camera is also a decent 5 megapixel.

It comes with 8 GB of internal storage with the option to expand via a microSD slot. The HTC Desire 816 features solid specs in a good-looking package.


Dual SIM support (GSM + WCDMA / CDMA)
5.5-inch HD, 1280x720p
1.6GHz quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD card slot
13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera
Android 4.4.2 with Sense 6
Boomsound, dual-frontal stereo speakers
2600 mAh
3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA

Review roundup

HTC's Desire 816 is out. We roundup its features and specs and what makes it stand apart in the latest mid-range market

At the Mobile World Congress, HTC took the wraps off from its HTC Desire 816 and the phablet has now been launched in India targeting the mid range market segment. HTC aims to gain a niche in the mid-level smarthphone area of the country and the launch of this latest device seems to be a step in that direction.

Measuring 156.6 X 78.7 X 8mm in size, the handset weighs around 165 grams and runs on the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS with HTC Sense 6.0 UI on the top. Powered by 1.6 GHz quad core Qualcomm MSM8928 Snapdragon 400 processor, it comes loaded with Adreno 305 GPU and 1.5GB RAM. 

The optics department is taken care of by 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording and 5-megapixel front snapper with 720p video recording. Its big size 5.5-inch Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen offers 720 X 1280 pixels resolution. Additional specifications include 8GB inbuilt storage, up to 128GB external expandable storage, standard connectivity options with NFC and 2600 mAh battery.

Packed in with decent spec list the device has been launched with a price tag of Rs 23,990 and seems to be quite promising. Let’s have a look at what the tech experts have to say about the device.

The tech experts at Times of India give it full marks for its look and feel. Despite being made with a glossy plastic finish, the device gives a premium look and feels quite sturdy in hands as well. They specially mention that unlike One Max, the phone can be easily managed by the people with small fingers as well. The geeks at techradar also shared the same opinion and mentioned that along with looks, the curves of the phone are ergonomic.

Talking about the disaply quality the folks at techradar dub the 5.5-inch of display with 1280 X 720 pixels resolution as “lovely and rich”. While the ppi of teh device is less considering the size of the display, it does not affect the sharpness and crisp quality of the content. The viewing angles and colours are also vivid.

Considering the software spec sheet of the device includes Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS with HTC Sense 6.0 UI and features like BlinkFeed, you can be assured of a smooth and seamless performance. While the UI is not marked different from the earlier version, it is a bit flatter and setting menus have less colorful 2D graphics. The speedtest of the UI coupled with processor and RAM also gave satisfactory result.

The optics departments of the device was also praised by the tech enthusiasts. Given the 13-megapixel rear camera a 5-meagpixel front camera it was called an “impressive feat” for a mid range device. The image quality was also good in the indoor conditions when light was less than optimum. The colour reproduction was accurate and images did not have much noise.

The drawback was relegated to the existence of the non removable sealed back and the glossy finish of the device will may lead to fingerprints on the non white models.

The phablet overall brings pretty decent spec sheet and multimedia goods on board along with a brand name and price tag that may just tempt the consumers.

Will you consider buying HTC 816 or rather opt for another Android mid-ranger?

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