HTC Desire 816 previewed and compared to Sony's Xperia T2 Ultra

HTC Desire 816 previewed and compared to Sony's Xperia T2 Ultra
Before officially introducing its All New One, HTC is releasing the mid-end Desire 816. This can be already pre-ordered in China, where it could be available as soon as this week.

The Desire 816 was previewed recently by ePrice, which confirms, once again, that the handset costs $290 (1799 CNY) in China. The model that’s been previewed - Desire 816w - is made for the Chinese market and has dual SIM capabilities. 

Although it runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the new Desire comes with Sense 5.5 UI, not the new Sense 6.0 that we’ve seen on the All New One. This probably means that HTC still has to tweak Sense 6.0 before releasing it, and we assume it will finish doing that pretty soon.

As we told you several times until now, the HTC Desire 816 is a large, nice-looking device. Its specs include a 5.5-inch 720p display, quad-core 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 5MP front-facing camera, and a 13MP rear camera with LED flash. Until we get the chance to review the 816 ourselves, you can check out the handset in the slideshows below. The second slideshow is showing the Desire 816 compared to Sony’s Xperia T2 Ultra - another mid-range Android device that sports a large display (6 inches). As you will see, the colors on the screen of the Xperia T2 Ultra are more vivid, and have higher contrast. Of course, some users may not particularly like that.

HTC should launch the Desire 816 internationally starting April. We’ll let you know when it happens anyway.

source: ePrice (translated)

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Desire 816
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
Xperia T2 Ultra
  • Display 6.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 1.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(24h 3G talk time)



1. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

"As you will see, the colors on the screen of the Xperia T2 Ultra are more vivid, and have higher contrast. Of course, some users may not particularly like that." A question must be asked was X-Reality turned on or off? I have noticed all Xperia smartphones with X-Reality heavily process photos and videos to get flashier colours, better contrast, additional sharpness and less noise.

4. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Is it not good?

7. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Of course it is good, just adding a bit of information as to why the T2 has the punchier screen, they are overall two very good mid range phones and worthy of selling well.

6. amro99

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

I personally don't care about all these terms. I judge the screens by my eyes, not xyz engines or technologies used. And for me, one x's HD screen is way better than Z1's FHD screen (particularly the viewing angles) so I'm sure HTC's screen wins here as well

8. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Oh, the One X had a beauty of a screen, believe it or not but it still has better viewing angles than the One(which has good viewing angles nonetheless).

11. Amir1 unregistered

you are not informed. sony from 2014 use only IPS displays from JDI or AUO so your comment is not valid. both displays are good. i tend to like the t2 ultra more. it's also bigger display that is really cool, but size is another thing. be it with x reality or without it i assure you the quality is great.

2. karkavelas

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 25, 2013

Desire is the winner for me ..!!

3. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

T2 is the winner for me ..!!

5. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

I overall prefer the Desire to the T2, but Sony's display looks better.

12. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I agree with you there is no doubt overall Desire is a better phone than T2 Ultra.

9. limporgyuk

Posts: 371; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Going pictures 2 & 3, the Desire display looks much better.

10. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Desire for the easy win.

13. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Desire 816 wins.

14. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

do those photos shown on the displays being compred really have a vignetting effect?

15. nightfury

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

i honestly think there is no comparison both are very amazing phones in their right

16. xche78x

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

Both has nice screens, cant go wrong on either one. Design wise i like the xperia t2 ultra. But price usually dictates who edges the competition and in this case the 290$ htc phones is better at the sony offering of 430$ for the single sim xperia t2 ultra and more for the dual sim version... The extra 140$ is for bigger screen, more popular brand name and will also make heads turn when you use the xperia t2 ultra... Ps the chinese price doesnt really equate to how much the htc phone will be priced internationally, most of the time its more expensive. Im expecting prices for both phones to be similar above the price of galaxy grand 2 duos which is samsungs offering

17. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

too bad the battery in HTC Desire is smaller

18. neartx

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 15, 2014

htc is the best wow only design beat sony and samsung

19. energy

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 23, 2014

In your opinion, which one is better? The first picture is much clearer But the second and third photo's are different The problem of being dull and gray screen with ips panel has been resolved but the colors are not real It depends on how the actual scene Notice the background image on the t2 ultra is the yellow , but the Desire is almost white The difference in color is too much The screen is t2 ultra Really Like? The distance from the screen is large A photo from a distance of 5 cm were also determined to be resolutions What do you think?

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