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HTC Desire 816 vs. HTC Desire 610 – Pricing and Specifications Compared


The mid-range smartphone segment has become intensely competitive due to companies like Samsung and HTC benefiting a lot from the success of their flagship devices.

It has allowed them to carry over many of the features from the top end models including design. HTC takes a lot of inspiration from the highly successful HTC One M8 to provide two phones, HTC Desire 816 and HTC Desire 610, which may be similar from the exterior but provide substantial differences.


The HTC Desire 816 is a phablet aimed as a competition for the Galaxy Note 3, which is now available at a discounted price due to the arrival of the Galaxy Note 4. This HTC model comes with a 5.5 inch display which is larger than even the 5.0 inch display on the HTC One M8. It does not offer 1080p resolution, let alone 4K, and the device suffers at times, when it comes to handling high definition content. The HTC Desire 610 offers a display that makes it ideal competition for the recently launched iPhone 6. Its 4.7 inch display provides the same resolution as seen in some of the older HTC phones, 540 x 960 pixels, but it should not make a huge difference in the end product.


Even though the HTC Desire 610 is the latest device of the two, it comes with the older version of the HTC Sense user interface. The HTC Desire 816 comes with the HTC Sense 6. Apart from the user interface, the HTC Desire 816 provides a major difference in terms of audio quality. Along with the HTC One M8, it has some of the best speakers in the industry. This is partly responsible because there are two speakers that are powered by their own inbuilt amplifiers. The HTC Desire 610 also has stereo speakers, but their effect does not come close to the HTC Desire 816. The clarity, loudness, and bass range are simply not comparable.


Compared to the HTC One M8 that received a lot of criticism for its camera, the HTC Desire 816 and HTC Desire 610 have decided to ditch the ultra-megapixel technology in favor of the traditional cameras. The former comes with a 13 megapixel camera while the latter uses a slightly less powerful eight megapixel sensor. Both have a standard array of features that help take excellent photos, while 1080p video recording is also standard. The HTC Desire 816 does benefit from having substantially better front facing camera – five megapixels. Compared to the outputs from this camera, the 1.3 megapixel sensor just above the screen on the HTC Desire 610 looks average.


Because of its large display, the HTC Desire 816 needs to come with a 2600 mAh battery while the HTC Desire 610 does away with a 2040 mAh battery. Battery life is a concern, on these two devices, for those with heavy usage. The HTC Desire 816 costs around $320 while the HTC Desire 610 is priced at around $240.