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HTC Desire 816



HTC Desire 816 Overview

HTC Desire 816The HTC Desire 816 has a distinctive design which uses premium materials for a great look and feel. There is a large 5.5” display and an impressive 13MP camera. So you have the ability to take great photos and then view them on an impressive screen. If you like listening to music, or watching film, you will enjoy the benefit of having dual front-facing speakers with HTC Boomsound for superior audio.

With a design which resembles the previous HTC One, the HTC Desire 816 is a phone to been seen with. It is easy to hold in your hand due to the curved edges and the buttons can be accessed quickly due to their sensible layout.

There is now a drive for ever increasingly impressive cameras being included within Smartphones. The Desire 816 is no exception as HTC has included a 13 Mega Pixel camera which benefits from the HTC Zoe experience, bringing your photos to life, so browsing through them is more rewarding and enjoyable. You will be able to edit your photos, anywhere, with just your phone. If you wish to take a selfie, then you will like the inclusion of a 5 Mega Pixel front-facing camera. It also lets you shoot high definition videos of yourself.

The large 5.5” display provides stunning visuals and is ideal for showing your photos, browsing the web, and viewing films, which also benefit from the dual front-facing speakers which have HTC Boomsound for an enhanced audio experience.

With 4G LTE compatibility you will be able to browse the web quicker than you ever thought possible (depending on availability). There should be no more waiting for downloads or for a page to load. The inclusion of a microSD slot enables you to increase your media storage with capacity up to 64GB cards. So you can store more music, films and photos.

Reasons to buy HTC Desire 816

  • Android OS
  • 5.5” high definition display
  • 4G LTE Connectivity
  • Dual-front facing speakers
  • 13 MP featuring Zoe and other enhancements
  • Blinkfeed for quick access to your social updates
  • MicroSD expansion slot


SIM Free & UnlockedYes
Operating SystemAndroid
  • Version4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • Custom SkinHTC Sense 5.5
  • Speed1.6GHZ quad-core
  • Dual Core
  • Quad CoreYes
  • Make/ModelQualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928
  • OtherAdreno 305 GPU
Expansion SlotYes
  • TypeMicroSDXC
  • Capacity (Up to)Up to 64GB
Internal StorageYes
  • Capacity8 GB
  • TouchscreenYes
  • Size5.5
  • TypeCapacitive Touchscreen
  • Resolution 720 x 1280
  • Other267 ppi
  • Frequencies850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • Speed
  • Frequencies850 / 900 / 2100 MHz
  • Speed
  • Frequencies800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600 MHz
  • Speed
  • Version4.0
  • FunctionsLow Energy (LE), aptX, A2DP, EDR
  • Version802.11 a/b/g/n (Wi-Fi Direct & Wi-Fi hotspot)
  • Version
  • DatamicroUSB 2.0
  • PowermicroUSB
  • Audio3.5mm audio jack
  • Video Out
Device Controls
  • Keyboard
  • Optical Trackpad
  • Hardware Buttons
  • Other
  • Antenna TypeInternal Glonass
  • A-GPSYes
  • Built-in Software
  • Megapixels13
  • FlashAuto Focus and LED Flash
  • Camera Lens
  • OtherFace detection, HDR, touch focus and geo-tagging
Front Facing CameraYes
  • Type5 MP
  • AccelerometerYes
  • Proximity SensorYes
  • Digital Compass
  • GyroscopeYes
  • Light Sensor
  • FormatsMP3 / eAAC / WMA / WAV
  • Recording
  • FormatsMP4 / H.263 / H.264 / WMV
  • Recording
Near Field CommunicationYes
FM Radio
  • Capacity2,600 mAh
  • TypeLi-Po
  • Removable
Call Time
  • GSM
  • 3G
Standby Time
  • GSM
  • 3G
Dimensions156.6 x 78.7 x 7.9 mm
Weight 165g
Warranty24 months


HTC_Desire_816_User_Guide.pdf HTC_Desire_816_User_Guide.pdf (2778KB)


Will my phone work

The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this product. Hopefully you will find the answer to your question, if not, use the contact form below and we shall answer it for you.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes – if you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link:

Is this phone SIM FREE and Unlocked?

Yes – this phone is unlocked and can be used with networks around the world. Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.

Is this phone brand new?

Yes – unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.

Is there any network/operator branding?

No – there is only the manufacturer’s branding.

Does the phone have a Micro SDHC/memory card slot?

Yes – this phone is compatible with microSD cards up to 64GB alongside the built in 8GB storage

What SIM card does this phone use?

This phone takes a nano SIM card

Is this handset LTE compatible?

Yes – this phone is compatible on international LTE bands 20, 8, 3 and 7 (800 / 900 / 1800 / 2600 MHz), alongside global 2G & 3G networks. Please check with your local operator for LTE network provisions in your area.

Does this phone have a removable battery?

No – this phone has a unibody construction and the battery is not removable

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Overall Rating 5 Stars * * * * *
  • Tamir Daniel 27/12/2014 Recommend to a friend? Yes
    The HTC Desire 816 is a 5.5-inch Android phablet.
    It is almost the perfect mid-range phablet with good look, stunning camera, big screen and amazing performance.
    The HTC Desire 816 is equipped with Snapdragon 400 chip, 8GB ROM & 1.5GB Ram, 2600 mAh battery and a big 5.5 inch 720p screen.
    It has amazing and cool features that don't fall from a flagship device - HTC BoomSound, HTC Zoe, HTC BlinkFeed.
    It has 13 MP main camera and 5 MP front camera for stunning pictures and great selfies!
    The screen is amazing for watching movies. reading books and more!
    The quality sound is amazing, especially with the BoomSound speakers!
    Personally, I was impressed by the beauty of the the device, the look & feel was amazing!
    I was disappointed from the memory storage in the device, it has 8GB but only 2.5GB are available for apps which in these days is very low.
    To sum-up, if you look for good mid-range device at a good price, for $250 you can get the amazing HTC Desire 816. I am sure you won't disappoint from this device and you won't feel you use a mid-range device.

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