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HTC Desire 816 hands on: the 'flagship' mid-ranger

0. phoneArena 25 Feb 2014, 10:53 posted on

HTC needs a hero mid-ranger, the type of device that is cut from the cloth with rival Motorola Moto G. It's unlikely that the the company will completely abandon its premium pricing model, but it sure feels like HTC will be trying very hard to make the Desire 816 the hero mid-ranger that it needs to be. We had a first meet with the 816, and here are our initial impressions...

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posted on 25 Feb 2014, 10:54 13

1. LiyanaBG (Posts: 376; Member since: 07 Nov 2013)


one word beautiful phone.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:12 3

4. PunyPoop (Posts: 741; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Dayum I missed my HTC Sensation :(

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:17 7

6. PunyPoop (Posts: 741; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Even thought it has a glossy back, HTC knows how to design..

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:01 11

2. imyourpapi (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Jan 2014)


For a mid range phone that's actually awesome

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:11 6

3. vtem97 (Posts: 5; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)


Great phone, nice design and fresh look.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:14 2

5. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


This is the first HTC fone that im tempted to buy after my Evo 3D which i loved.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:21 1

7. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Love the phone ...tired of their names really

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:25

8. maherk (Posts: 1207; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


The back of the 5S is slapped on the back of the 5C.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:26 6

9. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1462; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


This mid range phone is a lot sexier than a lot of high end out there :P

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:30 9

10. kryme (Posts: 145; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


*cough* s5

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:40 6

14. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1462; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


*cough* agree

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 17:14 1

20. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 357; Member since: 07 May 2012)


samsung phones have the same dull designs year after year,then then copy the same design to lower end smartphones with that stupid home button!

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:35

11. kryme (Posts: 145; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)


no word on battery?? if its over 3000mah then its a phone for me....

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 13:52 1

18. Hyperreal (Posts: 135; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


its 2600mah. I think thats completly enough for 720p display, snap 400 and sense 5, which is not so power consuming. really nice phone. bezels could be smaller but besides thats perfect.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:37 1

12. andrejx (Posts: 28; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)


I think all those leaked pictures of the HTC m8 (htc one up?) were fake. at first, there was just one leaked picture, that was considered as the real deal. and then more and more renders were made from the same leak. why would HTC design its flagship worse than its mindrange/flagship phones. Imagine this (desire 816) design with (aerospace) aluminium body. that would be something!

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:40 4

13. newbey123 (Posts: 451; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


This is a killer midrange device.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:46

15. andrejx (Posts: 28; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)


and I reall hope they'll go with such hybrid onscreen/offscreen buttons! so that the wallpaper can be seen and the buttons can rotate and dont interfere with the screen

http ://images.intomobile.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/0​2/HTC-M8-LEAK1.jpg

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 11:53

16. antonioli (Posts: 187; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


Interesting phone. The problem is the price. I don't think that will be fair.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 12:51 2

17. Epicness1o1 (Posts: 218; Member since: 30 May 2013)


this phone lookes better than the m8(if the leaks are real)(and I hope they are not real)

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 15:56

19. CaptYolo (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)


Whats with the metal/aluminum worshipping on tech sites????????????

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 01:32

21. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2866; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Q: What exactly it was doing wrong?
A: Pricing. (IMHO)

Check Moto G's success HTC.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 02:13

22. Odiin (Posts: 301; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


HTC one? How come with crappy camera n battery, its got best smartphone award? I wonder!
G2, S4, n Z1 deserved it.

posted on 26 Feb 2014, 04:55

23. tiara6918 (Posts: 1534; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I would say this is the best mid range device released this year so far

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 17:34

24. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2712; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


It hasn't even been released. How can it possibly be the best? Such a fanboy comment.

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