HTC Desire 816: reviews, photos, prices and specs

In September 2014, a new smartphone - HTC Desire 816 Dual. Reviews about it are mostly laudatory. It was hard to imagine that for 16,000 rubles (the average selling price per year of release) you can get an excellent gadget. However, this is so. The model quickly became popular. And it is quite deserved, as it has many advantages. There were also drawbacks. But, according to most owners, they are immaterial. These and other equally important points will be described in the article.

HTC Desire 816: review of the model

This unit has a large size: 156.6 × 78.7 × 7.9 mm. With such dimensions, it weighs 165 grams. It is worth noting that in the hand it is well perceptible. The case is made of plastic with a glossy finish. Fingerprints on it do not remain. At first glance it may seem that the back cover is removable. However, it is not. It is one-piece, therefore it is not removed. For this reason, the manufacturer brought to the right side of the slots for SIM and memory card. The device supports the work of two SIM cards, type - Nano. Therefore it is recommended to buyers before buying to apply to the mobile communication salon for pruning Sims under the required format or replacement. The type of memory card is micro SD. The device supports up to 128 GB.

Many buyers because of the whole case thought that the device is waterproof. We will have to frustrate them, since he does not possess such properties. Somewhat unusual was the location of the on / off button and the "rocker" volume. They are on the left side. However, there are such buyers who liked the novelty. At the top is a standard headphone jack, at the bottom - for connecting a USB cable and a charger.

The model is presented in several colors. When buying through online stores, you need to pay attention to the marking. For example, HTC Desire 816 (White) indicates that the body of the device is white, Black is black, Gray is gray (graphite).

There are no usual control buttons. They are located on the screen. However, the owners are not against this decision, since the screen is large in size. The frame is narrow. The speakers are installed symmetrically - at the top and bottom. In the left corner is the front camera.


The device is packed in a white box. She looks stylish enough. On the front side there are phones with different colors of the cases. In order to understand exactly what lies in the box, you need to look at the information on the side face. There will be printed the name and color. For example, HTC Desire 816 (Gray), then, the smartphone is gray.

Under the top cover lies the phone itself in a special recess. Under this panel are the headset, charger and instruction manual.

Speaker Reviews

The first thing I would like to draw attention to is the volume of the device. The HTC Desire 816 Dual Sim Dynamics is one of the strongest aspects. Not even all expensive flagships can boast of this sound. Many buyers note excellent playback of music tracks through headphones. Also in the device the function "stereo effect" is provided. However, its use, as they say, on an amateur, most people complain that the sound begins to "press on the ears."

You can not keep silent about BoomSound. This option is intended to improve the sound. Opinions about her were divided. Some owners of this model argue that without this mode, the sound is much cleaner. In any case, the volume of the speakers at the highest level. While watching movies on the phone, it feels like a home theater. Most people argue that setting the volume higher than 70% is unrealistic, since you begin to experience discomfort.

Screen feedback

Many buyers also refer to the advantages of the smartphone HTC Desire 816. Reviews of particularly demanding owners say that its resolution is not enough, such a device with a diagonal of 5.5 "must be equipped with at least the format of Full HD, but in fact, not everything is so bad. The display has shown itself on the good side, excellent color rendering, saturation, image quality corresponds to more expensive smartphones.The type of display is Super LCD 2 (1280 × 720), capacitive.In one inch the number of pixels is 267.

In general, buyers were satisfied with the screen. The only thing you need to be ready for is the lack of protective glass. Given the large diagonal, the owners of this model advise to immediately purchase a cover. Also in stores are sold protective stacks, they can be purchased separately.

HTC Desire 816: reviews about the camera

The device is equipped with two cameras: the front resolution is 5 Mp, the main one is 13 Mp. The quality of the images is excellent, especially considering the cost of this model. Many buyers were surprised by this. Cameras have a large set of settings, in the main there is a flash. The resolution of video recording is 1920 × 1080 pix. There are several types of shooting: 60 frames per second, slow, etc. No noise, no graininess. The color rendition is somewhat saturated, but it's a matter of taste.

Reviews about the battery

The lithium-ion rechargeable battery provides autonomous operation. It is not removable. The capacity of 2600 mAh is enough for the operation of a gadget like the HTC Desire 816. Reviews allow you to verify the correctness of the manufacturer's declared characteristics. In standby mode, the device will work for about one month, and during the conversation - within 20 hours. What do users say in their reviews? When testing the phone, they received the following figures: video playback at a high level of brightness - 5 hours 10 minutes, with an average load (calls, music, WI-FI) - 1-1.5 days. In order to understand how quickly the battery discharges, let us give an example - after 40 minutes of sounding through the speakers, the battery only sat on 3%.

An excellent solution of the manufacturer was to add the function of "extreme energy saving". It can be especially useful if there is not a power outlet nearby. When it is turned on, the device goes into the economical mode, turning off the color (monochrome display), reducing the brightness and displaying only a minimal set of functions (calendar, messages, calls, calculator). You can easily disable it by clicking on the "Back" button.

Performance Reviews

The quad-core processor is equipped with HTC Desire 816. Testimonials of people indicate that the system does not hang up, the phone works quickly. The type of the graphic processor is Adreno 305. The platform is Android 4.4.2. The built-in memory is 8 GB, but in reality only 3.5 GB is available. This is what customers called a minus, since not everything can be installed on a memory card. If this model is purchased as a gaming one, you need to be prepared to ensure that all applications have to be stored in the phone's memory. However, 3.5 GB is not the worst option. Users note that there are copies on sale, where free internal memory is not more than 0.8 GB.

Data transfer is carried out with the help of EDGE, GPRS, HSUPA, HSDPA. Supports communication: USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, A-GPS + GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0.

Let's sum up the results

HTC Desire 816 - a model of the middle class, but it has equipment that can perfectly match flagship smartphones. For two years she fell in love with customers. The ability to make high-quality pictures, listen to music through stereo speakers or headphones, watch movies, enjoying surround sound - all this can be done with an inexpensive model from HTC.

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