HTC Desire 826 vs HTC Desire 816: war of the mid-range Android phablets

At CES 2015 event, the Taiwanese tech giant HTC launched the Desire 8262014. The smartphone carries the title of the brand’s first device running the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system. It has been listed on the company’s website in India and expected to launch very soon. Price of the mid-range Android handset was recently revealed in China, around Rs 22,500 for 16GB internal memory model. The device is a significant upgrade over the last year’s HTC Desire 816, which currently is retailing online for around Rs 19,000.

Officially, the HTC Desire 826 takes place of the last year’s mid-range offering from the vendor. If you are looking for the latest mid-range device from the brand in this category, let’s compare the specifications of both the smartphones.

htc desire 826 vs htc desire 816

HTC Desire 826 vs HTC Desire 816

Design and Display

The HTC Desire 826 and Desire 816, both the smartphones offer 5.5-inch displays, but the Desire 826 is equipped with a full-HD screen that offers a pixel density of 401ppi, ultimately resulting in better picture quality. Design wise, the year old Desire 816 impresses more with dual front-facing stereo speakers. So it’s hard to decide in design and display segment, that which phone is better because both of them have their pros and cons. The Desire 826 lacks stereo speakers and Desire 816 lacks a full-HD screen.

Performance and OS

Performance wise, the HTC Desire 826 is better than the Desire 816 because of packing in a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor alongside an Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The Desire 816 on the other hand features quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU with a clock speed of 1.6GHz, coupled with an Adreno 305 GPU and 1.5GB of RAM. The Desire 816 runs Android KitKat, while the Desire 826is powered by the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop, both having HTC Sense custom Android skin on top.


The HTC Desire 816 comes with 8GB of internal memory that users can further expand up to 128GB via a microSD card. The Desire 826 on the other hand is loaded with much-higher, 16GB/32GB of internal storage, which is also further expandable up to 128GB using a microSD card.


At the rear, both the smartphones offer 13MP cameras with an LED flash. However, the Desire 826 wins over the Desire 816 in the front shooter section with a 4-UltraPixel sensor, compared to a 5MP snapper of the latter. So, overall photography experience with the Desire 826 is much betterthan the Desire 816.


The HTC Desire 826 offers full-fledged connectivity options including 4G LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, micro-USB, and A-GPS. The Desire 816 on the other hand lacks support for the super-fast 4G LTE networks, but comes with every other connectivity features available with the Desire 826.

Overall, the HTC Desire 826 sounds a better deal over the Desire 816 when comparing the price and specifications. So, if you are looking for a mid-range branded smartphone in this category, the Desire 826 is a device worth adding to your cart at this price point.


The author is an expert in mobile technology and loves to write about different handsets launched. He has listed the specifications HTC Desire 826  for the readers to make an informed buying decision.

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