If you don’t need the aluminum stylings of the HTC One, the Taiwanese manufacturer has another device that might strike your fancy. Billed as a “photo lover’s dream,” the HTC Desire 816 is a mid-range device that’s essentially like Apple’s iPhone 5c, sporting a colorful plastic rear design with an emphasis on software. Not everyone needs or wants the latest and greatest, which is why devices like this exist in the first place. HTC calls the Desire 816 one of the “best value smartphones ever.”
Equipped with a 5.5-inch 720p display, the Desire 816 is the kind of device you buy as a kind of lifestyle choice, not because you want to perform benchmarks and take your heart rate. With four different color options, the HTC handset also comes with a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 13-megapixel camera (5-megapixel front), 2600mAh battery, 8GB of storage (microSD expandable), 1.5GB of RAM, NFC, BoomSound and Android 4.4.2 with Sense 5.5.
The device is certainly on the larger side, and it feels every bit as mid-range as the specs suggest. We got the black model here in the office, and it feels durable enough, though the plastic is a smeared fingerprint magnet, so take that for what it’s worth. Check out our unboxing and first impressions of the HTC Desire 816, and stay tuned for more coverage.