HTC Desire 816 - Snap Review

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HTC Desire 816 is part of the Taiwanese device maker's mid-range smartphone lineup.
Build & design

HTC Desire 816 essentially follows the same design philosophy as the company's flagship phone, HTC One, complete with front dual stereo speakers. However, unlike the One's all-metal chasis, Desire 816 is made of plastic. Since the phone sports a big, 5.5-inch display, the overall footprint is also larger compared to One. The display is flanked by dual stereo BoomSound speakers on both sides.  right side sports a plastic flap that hides two nano-sim card slots and a microSD card slot. One of the sim card slot supports both CDMA-EVDO and GSM-HSPA sim cards, while the other one supports a GSM-only sim card.
The front of the phone is dominated by a 5.5-inch Super LCD 2 display with a resolution of 720 x 1280pixels. Watching videos and movies is a pleasurable experience thanks to the phone's big screen. Under-sun legibility was good. Unfortunately, Desire 816's display doesn't come with Gorilla Glass protection, so you'll need a scratch guard.

HTC Desire 816 comes with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the latest version of the OS with Sense 6, the new version of HTC's custom UI, running on top. It sports the on-screen navigation keys which hide while playing games and using apps that make use of Android's new immersive mode. 

 it includes a 13MP BSI sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 28mm lens. Images shot with the phone in optimum light looked great. It is capable of capturing 1080p videos. Desire 816's front-camera has a 5MP sensor with f2.0 wide angle lens for taking selfies.

HTC Desire 816 is powered by a 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor and 1.5GB RAM. Even though it is a mid-range device, the 816 never felt underpowered with the hardware being capable of supporting multitasking and gaming without hiccups. We were able to play videos of popular file formats without any issues. The phone also comes with FM Radio.
HTC Desire 816's front stereo speakers offer enhanced sound quality in addition to delivering sound that's much more powerful and clear compared to many phones. Call quality was excellent and the phone works well even in weak signal areas. The phone comes with GPS and A-GPS for navigation and maps, and it was easily able to lock a signal. It supports Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX codec support. This allows the phone to deliver CD-like sound over Bluetooth (usually, the sound quality deteriorates over Bluetooth). But the thing we liked the most about this phone is its battery backup. The phone comes with a 2600mAh battery (non removable) and will last you more than a day with moderate to high usage including about one to two hours of making calls, playing games, clicking some pictures, listening to music and browsing the web; and about one-and-a-half day if you don't play games or watch multimedia content.

We were able to play games like Subway Surfers, Riptide GP2 and Asphalt 8(with Visual Quality set to High and Engine at 100%) without encountering any frame drops or freezes. 

Desire 816 is a capable mid-range phone that offers almost all features you'll care about. If you can't afford One (M8) but want a similar experience, this is the closest you'll get by shelling out less than Rs 24,000. All the more better if you're a fan of big displays.

The phone is well-built, sports a decent display, offers good performance, great battery life and comes with the tag of a premium brand. The enhanced audio quality and multimedia experience is the cherry on the cake.



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