HTC Desire 816

83
Engadget
Score
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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

Summary

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.

Pros
  • Nice big screen
  • Slick Android UI
  • Loud front-facing speakers
  • Attractive design
Cons
  • Cameras can be sluggish
  • Poor HDR images
  • Not as good a value as certain other devices, namely the OnePlus One
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's One M8 flagship a rather jolly review, and now it's time to see if the same qualities are preserved in its mid-range counterpart, the Desire 816. Indeed, back at Mobile World Congress, HTC called this $390 LTE phablet the "flagship mid-range" to emphasize its competitiveness. But has it lived up to its name? Or is it too little, too late in a world full of affordable options? Let's find out.

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Scores

Engadget

83
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
7.5
Display
8.5
Battery life
7.5
Camera
6.8
Ease of use
8.0
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Specs

Desire

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
8 GB
Screen size
5.5 inches
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Specs

Desire

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Talk time
2G, 3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
8 GB
Screen size
5.5 inches
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