Have you been ogling the HTC One M8 but find that it is priced out of your reach? Well, think of the M8 is a slightly larger shell – this time polycarbonate instead of metal – and with a slightly less powerful engine, but with the same Android Kitkat and Sense UI 6. That’s the Desire 816.
Yes; it has those stereo front-facing loudspeakers too. You need to listen to music on this device. Awesome! It reminds me of music on the BlackBerry Z30. And instead of the M8’s 4 megaixel UltraPixel camera, the Desire 816 has a proper 13 megapixel camera with LED flash. Yes; image resolution isn’t the only factor in determining camera quality, but I will take more details in a photograph any day. So, this is looking good to me.
HTC’s Sense UI brings in a very elegant level of customisation to Android. It is one that I very much like. From the homescreen with Blinkfeed, to the Settings Menu through the entire UI, Sense UI feels nice and breezy.
Enjoy some more photographs of the HTC Desire 816.
Serious eye candy it is; isn’t it? In summary, the Desire 816 has a 5.5-inch display (yes; its a phablet; argh!), a 1.6 GHz Cortex-A7 Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, microSD card support, a 13 megapixel rear camera, a 5 megapixel front facing camera, LTE, stereo speakers, and has both dual and single SIM variants. It uses a nano-SIM though. Your savings account will deplete by about N56,000 only if you choose to get one.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.