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HTC Desire 816

HTC Desire 816
alaScore 93

151 reviews

Jun, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 151 reviews of HTC Desire 816. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the durability and size. The design and price are also appreciated, but there are some mixed reviews about the portability.

screen, price, design, size, durability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HTC Desire 816 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of HTC Desire 816 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Cell phones on

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Jun, 2015

Expert review by: PC Magazine (

HTC Desire 816 (Virgin Mobile)


Massive, high-quality LCD. Loud front-facing speakers. Runs Android 4.4

No split-screen multitasking. Mediocre call quality

On Virgin Mobile, the HTC Desire 816 is the best big phone for small budgets.

Sep, 2014

Expert review by: Richard Lai (

HTC Desire 816 review: A mid-range M8 let down by sluggish cameras


HTC may have some problems behind closed doors, but outside, it's still widely regarded as one of the world's top phone makers. We already gave this year

Nice big screen ; Slick Android UI ; Loud front-facing speakers ; Attractive design

Cameras can be sluggish ; Poor HDR images ; Not as good a value as certain other devices, namely the OnePlus One

HTC's Desire 816 is almost a perfect mid-range LTE phablet with good looks, a nice display and slick general performance, only to be let down by its erratically sluggish cameras.

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: CNET (

HTC Desire 816


corps en plastique de qualité, superbe écran HD de 5,5 pouces avec de très bons angles de vision, processeur quad-core

le dos en plastique brillant très sensible aux empreintes digitales, absence de batterie amovible, autonomie

Avec la combinaison d’une construction solide et de très bonnes performances, le HTC Desire 816 s'avère un smartphone très convaincant, surtout à ce niveau de prix.

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: GSMArena team (

HTC Desire 816 review: Heart's desire


HTC has mostly stayed out of the phablet market but the segment is expanding so fast the Taiwanese can't afford to keep snubbing it. The HTC Desire 816 is only the company's second phablet and it's the first affordable one. It rides on the premium...

5.5" 720p Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen, ambient light sensor ; Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU, Adreno 305 GPU and 1.5GB of RAM ; Android 4.4.2 KitKat with HTC Sense 6.0 ; 13MP autofocus camera, 1080p video...

Power key is on top, hard to reach on a big phone ; Side buttons are poorly positioned and feel cheap ; Small battery for a phablet ; Underwhelming stereo speaker loudness

The Desire 816 is only HTC's second attempt at a phablet - a bit unusual considering the segment has been expanding rapidly. So why is HTC hesitant to enter it with both feet the way other companies have?

May, 2014

Expert review by: Aloysius Low (

HTC Desire 816 ( grey)


Meant to be a best-in-class midrange phone, HTC's Desire 816 lacks the fancy aluminum body of its more expensive sibling, the One M8 . But this plastic-clad beauty keeps most of the style and a good share of the features too. Like the One Mini , it...

The HTC Desire 816's plastic body is well built. The brilliant 5.5-inch HD display has excellent viewing angles, and the quad-core processor runs smoothly, with hardly any lag.

The glossy plastic rear is a fingerprint magnet, which is especially noticeable on the darker models. The lack of a removable battery is disappointing, given its relatively small capacity.

The HTC Desire 816's combination of solid design and quality performance strikes all the right chords to make it a compelling phone for its price.

May, 2014

Expert review by: Nick T. (

HTC Desire 816 Review


Meet the HTC Desire 816. Described by its maker as a “flagship mid-range” phone, it strikes a great balance between price and features with its generous 5.5-inch display, quad-core processor, and 13MP camera. At the same time, goodies borrowed straight...

Very large display ; Snappy UI performance ; Stylish Sense 6.0 interface ; Front-facing stereo speakers ; Camera takes good photos ; Good value for money ; Above average battery life

Heavy video games may be choppy ; A bit large given the screen size ; Earpiece quality could have been better ; Only 4.2GB of user-available built-in storage makes using a microSD card mandatory

Well, what do you know: the HTC Desire 816 is an admirable mid-range smartphone, especially knowing that it can be bought for under $400 in markets where it is available. We don't find anything wrong with it given its price range, so guys, if you're on...

May, 2014

Expert review by: Nick Lavars (

Review: HTC Desire 816


While there's lots of action in the high-rent district of phablet town, HTC is looking to sneak in and grab a slice of the mid-priced pie. But is a device that borrows the best from smartphone and tablet something that should be compromised on? Read...

You can read more about the phone at the product page below. And if you want to cast your phablet net wider, you can check out our latest .

Aug, 2014

Expert review by: Brighthand (

HTC Desire 816 Review: Powerful, Plastic, and Not So Pricey


The HTC Desire 816 is a midrange phablet which, despite several obvious shortcomings, leaves the impression of an above-average product. It is an instant leader in the rather barren midrange phablet market, largely due to its harmonious mixture of...

Dependable performance, Well-built, smooth plastic body, Above-average main camera

Low pixel density, Poor battery life, Misplaced capacitive keys

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: Tim Schiesser (techspot)

HTC Desire 816 Review


There's a growing demand for devices with larger-than-normal displays but mainstream specs and affordable prices. This is exactly where HTC's new product fits in. The Desire 816's main feature is the large 5.5-inch HD display, and it also packs in a...

Large, high-quality display on a mid-range handset. Decent performance and battery life. BoomSound is always a welcome addition. Affordable price for the hardware you get.

Build quality is lacking, and the design makes the phone too cumbersome.

Out of the box, the HTC Desire 816 runs Android 4.4 with HTC’s custom Sense 6.0 skin. The vast majority of the software is identical to what was found on the HTC One M8, so if you want to get an idea of what this smartphone is like to use, head over...

Jul, 2014

Expert review by: Alex Dobie (

HTC Desire 816 review


HTC's mid-range flagship packs a gigantic screen into a more affordable handset If HTC is to stage a financial recovery, it'll need more than just a compelling high-end smartphone. So as the company seeks to navigate back into the black for more than a...

Much of the real competition for the 816 comes from year-old flagship phones. The Desire 816 sells for around €360 in Europe, suggesting a UK price point a little under £300. At that level, HTC's most significant competitor might be LG — the Korean...

May, 2014

Product Specifications

Processor Brand:QUALCOMM


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera:Double Camera
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:HD1080p


GPS Receiver:Built-in
Integrated Radio:FM Radio
Integrated TV Tuner: No
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: Yes
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: Yes
USB: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:4.X LTE / WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:SUPER-LCD
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Operating System:Android
Operating System Version:Android 4.4 KitKat
Operator:EE / MVNO / O2 / Sim Free / TALKTALK / Vodafone
Processor Brand:QUALCOMM
Product Type:Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging:No / Yes


Processor Brand:QUALCOMM