HTC Desire 816


HTC Desire 816Notebook: HTC Desire 816 (Desire Series)
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928
Graphics Adapter: Qualcomm Adreno 305
Display: 5.5 inch, 16:9, 1280x720 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 0.165kg
Price: 380 euro
Average Score: 78.1% - good
Average of 10 scores (from 10 reviews)
price: 74%, performance: 64%, features: 66%, display: 71% mobility: 84%, workmanship: 75%, ergonomy: 79%, emissions: 95%

Reviews for the HTC Desire 816

83% HTC Desire 816 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Powerful contender. The HTC Desire 816 is a large smartphone with a lot of performance. Its 5.5-inch format allows it to poach buyers from the high-end class, despite entering the race as a middle-class device.
80% HTC Desire 816 Review
Source: Techspot English
Despite some flaws, the Desire 816 is a very capable large-screened smartphone for its decidedly mid-range price. HTC hasn’t skimped on optimization or hardware in a number of departments, resulting in a handset that’s more compelling than what the company has dished up in this market segment in the past. It may be powered by ‘only’ a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC, but the performance around the OS and in games is great, often matching it with the top-end phones. Most of the software found on the One M8 has made the transition as well, so you largely get the same basic experience as HTC’s fantastic flagship.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Review: HTC Desire 816
Source: Gadgetguy English
HTC’s attempt to make a budget phablet doesn’t quite nail it, with a device that doesn’t feel bad, but offers a performance that certainly doesn’t match what you might expect out of it. At a little less than $400, the Desire 816 is a solid choice for anyone keen to have something big and not too expensive, especially with its day-strong battery and nice screen, but if you’re looking for something with more grunt, we’d either look elsewhere or drop down to a smaller size.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/13/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 80% workmanship: 70%
70% HTC Desire 816 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
If you want a big phone on a budget there are very few ways to fault the Desire 816. The plastic body is surprisingly attractive, the 720p HD screen and speakers make it a great place to watch video and the overall performance from gaming to camera quality is solid. Our only real gripes are with some of the design decisions, particularly the positioning of the buttons, while the battery life is not in the same league compared to similarly-sized handsets.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/10/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 70% display: 70% mobility: 70% workmanship: 70%
78% The best mid-range phablet from HTC today
Source: Think Digit English
While we were quite disappointed with the Desire 700, HTC has improved vastly with the 816. With a better price point and way better hardware, the Desire 816 is a great option if you are looking for a mid-ranged phablet. Performance is great in its class, excellent multimedia and camera capabilities and the latest Android update, the Desire 816 is the best option in the mid-to-high range of smartphones.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/05/2014
Rating: Total score: 78%
70% HTC Desire 816 review HTC recommends you gloss regularly
Source: Techradar English
The HTC Desire 816 is definitely worth buying if you're dead set on a larger screen and you don't want to break the bank. The speakers are excellent, and in the right conditions, the camera is also a leader in this category. Performance was surprisingly smooth and stutter-free. For the most part HTC has made compromises in all the right places to ensure that this is still a quality device. If you're willing to spend double the price tag then you'll certainly be able to get a much nicer phone, but it won't be twice as nice.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/30/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 60% features: 60% workmanship: 80%
70% HTC Desire 816 Review: The Big Picture
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
After playing with the HTC Desire 816, we really wanted to head outdoors, headphones on, and take photos of all the scenic beauty surrounding us. The best part is that we wouldn't have to worry too much about battery life either. Priced at Rs. 23,990, it is very easy to recommend this phone. It feels premium, and has a far superior camera, battery life, higher internal memory capacity and better performance compared to the Moto G, which feels worth the price difference. If raw performance is the need, we suggest taking a look at the Gioone 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.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/29/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 70% display: 60% mobility: 80% workmanship: 70%
80% HTC Desire 816 review
Source: T3 English
We like the HTC Desire 816 a lot. If you can sacrifice a few features, are prepared to forego top-end performance, but still want a big screen, it's a real contender for your dosh. It might be worth waiting to try the OnePlus One, but as it stands, this is a front-runner for the best big blower at this price.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/28/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

89% Smartphone-Schnäppchen mit Top-Ausstattung
Source: Focus Online German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/26/2014
Rating: Total score: 89% features: 95%
91% Glanz & Größe
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/20/2014
Rating: Total score: 91% price: 70% mobility: 93%
Gute Lautsprecher in zu biegsamen Gehäuse
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Positive: solid phablet; high-quality loudspeaker Negative: deficient workmanship
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/20/2014



Despite not having the sleek aluminum body of the more expensive models, the HTC Desire 816 still manages to keep a good and stylish look with its plastics case. The 5.5 inch screen is also large and has very good viewing angles despite not having only a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels instead of FullHD.

The phone is powered by a 1.6 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, which is pretty much the average processor and has 1.5 GB of RAM for smooth usage. It also comes with 8 GB native storage space, which can be expanded with an external micro SD card. It supports Bluetooth, WiFi and 4G LTE. However, it does not have NFC.

The HTC Desire 816 comes with a 13 MP rear camera with a flash to ensure good shots can be taken despite poor lightning. Best of all, the HTC Desire 816 comes with Zoe, a special app that can really enhance your picture taking experience.

All in all, the HTC Desire 816 is definitely a great device boosting excellent performance, functionality and battery life. The plastic exterior may appear cheaper, but for its price, it is a small drawback, especially when you compare it with all the benefits it gives.

Qualcomm Adreno 305:

These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

400 MSM8928: » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

5.5": » To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

0.165 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist hardly any models in this extreme class of weight. 7-9 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

HTC: A Taiwanese manufacturer known for smartphones, which sells tablet computers as well in a global market.

78.1%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices with the same GPU

» BlackBerry Z3
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8230, 5.0", 0.164 kg
» Archos 50 Helium 4G
Snapdragon 400 MSM8926, 5.0", 0.16 kg
» Sony Xperia M2
Snapdragon 400 MSM8926, 4.8", 0.149 kg
» Huawei Ascend G6 4G
Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, 4.5", 0.115 kg
» HTC Desire 610
Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, 4.7", 0.143 kg
» LG Lucid 3 VS8760
Snapdragon 400 MSM8926, 4.7", 0.124 kg
» HTC One Mini 2
Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, 4.5", 0.137 kg
» Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual
unknown, 6", 0.172 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Tab4 8.0
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8930, 8.0", 0.32 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Tab4 10.1
Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, 10.1", 0.487 kg
» Huawei Ascend G740
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8930, 5.0", 0.155 kg
» Nokia Lumia 635
unknown, 4.5", 0.14 kg
» Nokia Lumia 630
Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, 4.5", 0.134 kg
» LG L90
Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, 4.7", 0.124 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Grand 2
Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, 5.3", 0.163 kg
» Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+
Snapdragon 400 APQ8028, 10.1", 0.62 kg
» LG G2 Mini
Snapdragon 400 MSM8926, 4.7", 0.125 kg
» Nokia Lumia 1320
Snapdragon 400 8930AB, 6.0", 0.22 kg
» Nokia Lumia 525
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227, 4.0", 0.15 kg
» ZTE Grand S Flex
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8930, 5.0", 0.2 kg
» LG D605 Optimus L9 II
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8230, 4.7", 0.12 kg
» Motorola Moto G
Snapdragon 400 MSM8226, 4.5", 0.143 kg
» Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 S7270
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8930, 4.0", 0.2 kg
» LG Optimus F6
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8930, 4.5", 0.2 kg
» Nokia Lumia 625
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8930, 4.7", 0.159 kg
» Sony Xperia M
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227, 4.0", 0.112 kg
» HTC Windows Phone 8XT
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8930, 4.3", 0.2 kg
» HTC One Mini
Snapdragon 400 8930AB, 4.3", 0.122 kg
» Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini I9190
Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8930, 4.3", 0.3 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum (Update: 2014-05-27)