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Desire 816 - £290

Desire 816
Desire 816
Desire 816

All features

Date Announced24/02/2014
Operating SystemAndroid
Storage Capacity8 GB
Touch ScreenTouch Screen
Camera13 MP
Front Facing Camera5 MP
Screen Size5.5"
External StorageExternal Storage
Performance Rating79
Battery Life21 Hours
Dual SimDual Sim
Processor TypeQuad Core
Ram1.5 GB

Available Colours

Why this smartphone is built for you


The HTC Desire 816

The HTC Desire 816 is a mid-range smartphone that runs on a version of Android KitKat augmented with HTC's 'Sense' UI. It is a visually appealing and well-constructed phone that offers a rich feature list and some of the latest in smartphone technology.


This phone has a 5.5 inch HD touchscreen that displays in 267PPI (Pixels Per Inch). The average PPI for a modern smartphone is 255.


The Desire 816 has a 13MP camera, can record video in up to 1080p and has a 5MP front facing camera for taking selfies and making video calls.


Performance is provided by a 1.2GHz quad core processor and 1.5GB RAM. Based upon its processor speed and memory, this phone receives an unmudlr performance rating of 79 out of 100.

Battery Life

The Desire 816 has an estimated battery life of around 21 hours. The average smartphone battery life is around 10 hours. It has a battery capacity of 2600mAh (MilliAmp hours). The average battery capacity is 1950mAh.


1GB (Gigabyte) is equal to roughly 500 pictures or 250 songs. The Desire 816 comes with 8GB internal storage and an expandable memory card slot which makes it possible for you to add a further 128GB external storage. It also comes with Google Drive installed which gives you an additional 15GB of free cloud storage.


The Desire 816 comes 4G ready so can take advantage of high speed mobile Internet in locations where it is available. It has Bluetooth which enables it to communicate with other Bluetooth devices (such as a Bluetooth handsfree kit). It has Wi-Fi which means that it can connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi hotspots such as those available in many coffee shops, cafes or hotels. It can connect to DLNA enabled devices (such as a laptop or smart TV) meaning that you can stream content both to and from this phone wirelessly. It also has NFC compatibility which enables you to make contactless payments and share files with your friends.

Dual SIM

This phone comes in a dual SIM version (called the HTC Desire 816 Dual) that enables you to pop in two SIM cards at once and choose the one you want to use. This comes in handy if you are planning to use your phone abroad extensively or want to keep your business and personal calls separate.


The Desire 816 has an FM radio and an MP3 player with sound enhanced by dual front facing speakers and HTC BoomSound. It is able to integrate with social media via designated Facebook and Twitter Apps and has HTC BlinkFeed on board to help bring together all of your updates, news and messages into one place. The Desire 816 comes preloaded with Google Maps, Gmail, Chrome, Google+ and YouTube. Other apps, such as Instagram, WhatsApp, Snapchat and Spotify are available to download from the Google Play Store, along with the latest music, films, TV shows and games.


This is a competent smartphone from HTC that offers solid performance and a decent feature list. It is a strong competitor in all areas and is a very desirable handset.