HTC Desire 516 dual SIM quick-read review: Just falling short

Jul 25 2014, 09:44 IST
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HTC Desire 516 is priced at Rs 13,302. HTC Desire 516 is priced at Rs 13,302.
SummaryHTC Desire 516 is a competitor and will remain one as it falls short of other phones in its league.

HTC has launched a competitor to the Moto G in Europe and India. The Taiwanese maker is making sure they have devices in every price bracket. The phone is a 5-inch device and is in the long list of phablets that are populating the smart phone market today.

I took a look at the phone’s finer features trying to see if it matches up to the devices in its price bracket (which is ruled by the Moto G.) With the entry of the Blackberry Z3 and the Asus Zen Phone 5, even the dominant players like Samsung have been given a run for their money.

Specs: Android v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) | 5.0 Inch, 540×960 px display, LCD | Quad core 1200 MHz processor | 5 MP Primary Camera, 2 MP Secondary | Dual SIM, 3G, WiFi | 4 GB Internal Memory, Expandable up to 32 GB |1 GB RAM |1950 mAh, Li-Ion battery.

Price: Rs 13,302 (street price)

Design: The phone has nice rounded edges and the back cover and battery are removable. The 5 inch display size means the phone is a slightly difficult to handle with one hand. The plastic back cover is extremely glossy and is a real smudge magnet. The phone weighs 160 gms and is 9.7 mm thick. The 5MP camera, like any other HTC, is at the center of the phone on its rear side. The phone comes in full black and full white variants and the glossy finish makes it a little tricky to hold onto with one hand. Also illuminating the back and home touch buttons would certainly help us use the phone better for those late night texts rather than depending on the tactile feedback.

Screen: The 5-inch screen has a 540×960 pixel resolution with a 220 pixel density. Its color tone and contrast ratio makes for good viewing and the display quality is impressive for its price point. The screen is good for viewing videos and the pictures also appear quite vivid. The Moto G has an HD display and pips the 516 in this aspect.

Performance: The phone is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor paired with Adreno 305 GPU. The 1GB of RAM though falls short of the other phones in the price bracket. The phone handles all your regular apps quite smoothly but can show a hint of lag when using some data-hogging apps in tandem.

Software: The 516 comes with the

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