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Po­si­tioned as a “flag­ship midrange” de­vice, the De­sire 816 does have the looks of one; its de­sign lan­guage is in­spired from the One se­ries with a uni­body chas­sis. How­ever, it is en­cased in a poly­car­bon­ate body. Nonethe­less, HTC did a pretty good job with the build qual­ity. It feels very solid and more im­por­tantly, does not look cheap as plas­tic phones nor­mally do. The sides have a matte tex­ture that aids in han­dling a phone of its size, but the glossy tex­ture of its rear will pose a night­mare for any­one who can’t tol­er­ate fin­ger­prints and smudges.

The De­sire 816 sports a 5.5inch 720p Su­per LCD 2 dis­play. Even though it isn’t full HD, it is still pleas­ing to look at. Pix­e­la­tion is hardly vis­i­ble and color re­pro­duc­tion is ac­cu­rate with wide view­ing an­gles.

The De­sire 816 sup­ports LTE Cat 4 speeds of up to 150Mbps, a fea­ture that could be a de­cid­ing buy­ing fac­tor for con­sumers who need a faster 4G cel­lu­lar data con­nec­tion; not all phones in our list sup­port LTE Cat 4.

The De­sire 816 runs on An­droid 4.4.2 KitKat with the lat­est Sense 6 over­lay. Due to hard­ware lim­i­ta­tions, it does not have the full fea­ture set as its One (M8) flag­ship phone such as Mo­tion Launch Ges­tures, but you still get key fea­tures such as BlinkFeed and Ex­treme Power Sav­ings Mode.

Housed at the rear of the de­vice is a 13-megapixel cam­era with an aper­ture of f/2.2 and a back­side il­lu­mi­nated (BSI) sen­sor. Con­sumers who love tak­ing self­ies will ap­pre­ci­ate the front-fac­ing 5-megapixel cam­era with wide an­gle lens. For­tu­nately, the image qual­ity is as good as it seems on pa­per and a stand­out fea­ture among all the phones if pho­tos are your pri­or­ity.

The De­sire 816 is pow­ered by a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 400 quad­core 1.6GHz pro­ces­sor and 1.5GB RAM. Dur­ing day-to-day us­age, the user ex­pe­ri­ence felt snappy with fast screen tran­si­tions. Its 8GB in­ter­nal stor­age should suf­fice for main­stream con­sumers, but if you need ad­di­tional stor­age space, the De­sire 816 is one of the only two phones in this shootout to have mi­croSD sup­port for mem­ory cards up to 128GB.

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