HTC Desire 816 vs Desire 816G Dual SIM specs breakdown


The HTC Desire 816 released earlier this year and has recently been followed by the Desire 816G variant, which comes at a lower price. These phones have plenty of similarities but many readers have asked us to clarify exactly what the differences are so that they can decide whether it’s worth paying more for the Desire 816. With this in mind we have an HTC Desire 816 vs. Desire 816G Dual SIM specs breakdown.

These phones have more in common than many of the comparisons that we usually do, but nevertheless this look at them could help you to work out which one to opt for. We’ll run through the key specs and more of each so that you can see what they have to offer to potential buyers, and we’re comparing the Dual SIM models of both of these handsets.

The Desire 816 has a 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor and Adreno 305 graphics. The Desire 816G has a 1.3GHz MediaTek quad-core processor, with unspecified GPU.

The Desire 816 has a 5.5-inch Super LCD2 display with resolution of 1280 x 720 and 267 ppi. The Desire 816G has a 5.5-inch capacitive display with the same resolution and ppi.

RAM and Storage
There’s 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage that’s expandable to 128GB via microSD for the Desire 816. On the other hand the Desire 816G has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, but this time it’s only expandable to 32GB.

Camera set-up
Both phones are exactly the same in this respect. They have 13-megapixel rear cameras with autofocus, LED flash and 1080p video capture, as well as 5-megapixel front-facing cameras.

Again there’s nothing between them here as they both have non-removable 2600 mAh batteries.

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Both dual SIM models support 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPRS, EDGE, and microUSB 2.0. However, the Desire 816 also supports DLNA. (It’s worth noting here that the single SIM version of the Desire 816 supports 4G LTE).

Operating System
Both phones run Android 4.4.2 KitKat skinned with HTC’s Sense 6 UI.

Dimensions and Weight
The Desire 816 measures 156.6mm x 78.7mm x 8mm and weighs 165g. The Desire 816g measures 156.6mm x 78.7mm x 8mm and weighs 158g.

The pricing for these two phones varies by region but the Desire 816G is the cheaper of the two as you would expect. As a guide we’ll give you the price for India where dual SIM phones are prevalent. The Desire 816 was launched at Rs. 23,990 while the Desire 816G launched at Rs. 18,990. However, prices also vary by retailer and we’ve seen the Desire 816 Dual SIM from around Rs. 23,000 and the Desire 816G from around Rs. 17,500.

Both phones also have 3.5mm audio jacks, FM radio, and stereo speakers, and as they run the same operating system versions they have the same sorts of features. They also have the same design style so it’s difficult to choose between them on this score. As for specs they obviously have many similarities but a few key differences.

The Desire 816 has a faster processor, more RAM, a higher level of expandable storage, and DLNA support, What it really comes down to is whether you feel the Desire 816 is worth the extra money (whatever that amounts to in your region) over the 816G considering the benefits on offer.

When you’ve had time to take the above into account we’d like to hear your views on these two HTC smartphones. Do you think it’s worth paying a little more for the Desire 816 or does it make sense to you to save money and purchase the Desire 816G? We appreciate receiving your comments.

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