Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC first launched its Desire 816 phablet in June at a price of Rs 24,450 in India. After three months, in September, it introduced the cheaper version in the form of Desire 816 G at a price of Rs 18,990. The only major difference is that the former houses a 1.6 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor while the Desire 816 G has a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor. There are not many phablets featuring a 5.5-inch screen in the sub Rs 20,000 range, so, is the Desire 816 G a good buy? We check out.
Quick specs: 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 HD display | 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor | Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS | 1 GB RAM | 8 GB internal memory expandable up to 32 GB | 13MP rear camera with auto-focus | 5 MP front camera | Dual Nano SIM (GSM + GSM) | 2600 mAh battery
Price: Rs 18,990
Design: It looks exactly similar to older Desire 816. The front of the phone houses two speakers vents and the 5 MP front camera. There are no capacitive buttons. The back is made out of glossy plastic and cannot be removed. The top right of the phone includes two nano SIM card slots along with a microSD card slot, covered by a plastic flap. The power/wake and volume buttons are on the left, which is frustrating sometimes specially while clicking pictures.
Despite the large 5.5-inch screen, the phone doesn’t compromise on one-handed operability or grip.The review unit was all-white, so, I easily managed to make it look dirty. The phone appears sleek and stylish but the glossy plastic back, makes it slippery.
The phone feels solid but the build quality is not strong. It’s a delicate smartphone which needs to be handled with care.
Display: The 1280 x 720 HD display is decent. HTC is not offering something unique in the display of this phablet. However, there is no Corning Gorilla glass or similar protection, which is very surprising! The display is good for watching movies, playing games and average users shouldn’t have any complains. The viewing angles are good and offer decent outdoor visibility as well.
Performance: In the age of octa-core processors, HTC is not offering anything tempting at least on paper. However, the quad-core MediaTek processor performs well. I did not witness any lags and again average users shouldn’t have any complains related to the performance. Overall, the experience is smooth.
Camera: The smartphone comes with a good camera. The images captured in low light also come with fair amount of detailing. Daylight images are even better with accurate colours. The 5 MP front camera also captures good quality selfies provided if you can hold a 5.5-inch phone with one hand. Overall, users will love the camera of this smartphone.
Connectivity: There are no issues with connectivity.
Battery: The 2600 mAh battery does a decent job. It can easily last an entire day for an average user.
Storage: The device offers 8GB of internal storage out of which around 4 GB is available. The memory can be further expanded up to 32 GB. So, investing in more storage is recommended.
Verdict: HTC has done a decent job by placing a 5.5-inch phone in Rs 18,000 segment. If you want to buy a large screen phone with a good camera then you can consider the HTC Desire 816 G. The Asus Zenfone 6 is another option at a price of Rs 16,999.
But if you are happy with a 5-inch display, then buying this phone makes little sense as you might find it difficult to fit (any) 5.5-inch screen phone inside your jeans pocket, especially while riding a bike. Also, there are several other 5-inch smartphones at a lower price.