HTC Desire 816 (Virgin Mobile)

HTC Desire 816 5.5-inch (Virgin Mobile)

Positive Reviews
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  • Acceptable screen quality
  • Good sound output from speakers
  • Smooth overall performance
  • Enjoyable Android experience
  • Decent battery life


  • Boring, plastic design
  • Limited internal storage
  • Poor camera

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a budget Virgin Mobile smartphone, The HTC Desire 816 is an enjoyable, well-priced smartphone that is at least worth a closer look.

The HTC Desire 816 is a 5.5-inch Android smartphone that was released by HTC in 2014 and repackaged by Virgin Mobile in 2015. It was praised for its decent 720p HD screen, great sounding speakers, smooth overall performance, and impressive battery life. Users loved the Android experience offered by the phone, as well as some of the additional software tweaks from Virgin Mobile. On the flip side, critics were not too happy with the somewhat dull, plastic design, limited internal storage and uninspiring camera. The HTC Desire 816 is nonetheless a great value phone for those who prefer their handheld devices king-sized.

  • Weight: 0.36 lbs
  • Processor: Snapdragon 400 MSM8928 1.6GHz
  • Display Size: 5.5 inches
  • RAM: 1.5GB
  • Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Battery Life: 21 hours

Score Summary

Critic Reviews

  • 73
    CNet May 7, 2014

    The HTC Desire 816's combination of solid design and quality performance strikes all the right chords to make it a compelling phone for its price

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  • 70
    TrustedReviews August 26, 2014

    If you want a big phone on a budget there are very few ways to fault the Desire 816. The plastic body is surprisingly attractive, the 720p HD screen and speakers make it a great place to watch video and the overall performance from gaming to camera quality is solid.

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  • 70
    TechRadar May 30, 2014

    Muscling into the mid-range market, the Desire 816 is a big smartphone which strikes a good balance between price and function. It draws on HTC's strengths, and manages not to compromise in too many areas, making it great value.

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Operating System Google Android 4.4 KitKat
Weight 0.36 lbs
Battery Life 21 hours
Connectivity GSM | HSPA | LTE | Bluetooth | Wi-Fi | GPS | NFC | Bluetooth | microUSB v2.0
Internal Storage 8GB
Removable Memory microSD, up to 256 GB
Display Size 5.5 inches
Display Resolution 1280 x 720
Display Type TN
Display Technology Super LCD2 capacitive touchscreen
Front Camera 5 MP
Rear Camera 13 MP
Graphics Adreno 305
Additional Features removable memory, microSD slot
Dimension (LxWxH) 6.17 x 3.1 x 0.31
Warranty None

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