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HTC DESIRE 816 – One Of The Best Value Smartphones Ever


A photo lover’s dream – HTC DESIRE 816

HTC had been constantly focusing on the high end market for quite some time now, with different renditions of their popular flagship, the HTC One, which went through significant upgrades in the last few years. However, with the competition growing in the mid-range market, along with the steady decline in revenues for HTC, the popular Taiwanese giant has gone back to its roots : the mid-range smartphone market.

HTC Desire 816, which was recently unveiled at the MWC in Barcelona, is a phablet which sports a 5.5 inch HD720p display. A solid build and various color options should help take on competitors like Nokia and Sony. The display is crisp and detailed, and the size makes a big difference while playing games or watching videos. Under the hood, Desire 816 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU and Adreno 305 GPU. The 1.5GB RAM is powerful to handle multi-tasking, and the 8GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD upto 128 GB, should manage to fit more than you could want.

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HTC Desire 816 comes with Android KitKat 4.4

Desire 816 comes with Android KitKat 4.4 out of the box, along with the latest HTC Sense UI 5.5. Sound has always been one of HTC’s USP, and the stereo front facing BoomSound speakers live up to their reputation once again. The phone cameras were a particularly interesting point, as the 816 sports a powerful 13 MP rear camera with good image quality, a host of options, and considerably good low-light performance. What took us by surprise was the 5 MP front facing camera. Yes ! Its 5 megapixels !

Desire 816 was priced in China at approximately 310 USD, which is very reasonable considering the whole bundle of offerings. However, we expect the price in US to range between 350-400 USD. We hope this phone does for HTC what it has always DESIRED.



htc desire 816


  • A photo lover’s dream.
  • 13 megapixel main camera and a 5 megapixel front camera ensuring  high-resolution pics from either side.
  • Capture moving HD images with built-in editing and sharing tools, and combine results for multiple-angle views.
  • Incredible design,
  • Massive 5.5” HD display,
  • Dual front-facing stereo speakers,
  • Customized real-time info feeds, and
  • Aquad- core processor all make this one of the best value smartphones ever.

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