61 responses

  1. avatar
    Bascule
    February 24, 2014

    Hope it gets more TLC from HTC than the One S did. I won’t be risking it, though :-(

    • avatar
      Jason Dunn
      February 24, 2014

      The One S software update was complicated due to the Qualcomm S4 vs S3 issue. It was a unique situation, but I can understand why it was frustrating for you. We have a very solid track record with the HTC One family of fast software updates.

      • avatar
        Eric Hibbs
        February 25, 2014

        Unless you’re addressing the Bluetooth issues. It’s been almost a year and most One users still can’t use a BT headset!

      • avatar
        William Ross
        February 25, 2014

        What? Why are you making up stuff? Since when have most one users not been able to use a Bluetooth headset?

      • avatar
        shogu
        February 25, 2014

        Unfortunately it is because he is a Samsung LOVER. He even starts a new article about this. Samsung has been known and caught to hire writers to blackmail HTC on many forums.

      • avatar
        Eric Hibbs
        February 25, 2014

        Not true at all, I actually despise Samsung electronics but need SOMETHING THAT WORKS. Not making this up at all either. I posted a reply earlier with link to several websites regarding the known BT issues but the mods apparently didn’t allow it. I really love my One, but the BT issues keep it from being highly functional. Google it. I just want HTC to address and resolve a known issue with as much vigor as they put into a new product release!

      • avatar
        Sascha WerwilldasWissen
        March 3, 2014

        My HTC one perfectly connects to our vw car system…. The s4 can’t do it.. I just need something that works ;-)

      • avatar
        Eric Hibbs
        March 4, 2014

        I can stream BT audio to my car stereo systems just fine, but the issue rears its ugly head when I try to use BT to talk. I can hear the caller fine but the caller reports they can’t understand me until I turn BT off and use the handset. Looks like you are in Germany, can you transmit voice via BT successfully? I’d like to report all success/failures back to the HTC Engineering Group I’m working with. Germany may have the same BT protocol as Taiwan.

      • avatar
        Sascha WerwilldasWissen
        March 11, 2014

        no problem in telephoning in car

      • avatar
        Eric Hibbs
        March 11, 2014

        Good to hear, thanks for the reply. I’ll pass this along to the engineering team as well.

      • avatar
        Eric Hibbs
        February 25, 2014

        William, please read my description of the One’s BT issues below in response to Ted Chien’s questions.

      • avatar
        William Ross
        February 25, 2014

        I don’t have a single problem with any of my Bluetooth devices and I connect the car to play music, jam box, Motorola S11s, Jawbone Era… Etc… All have been connecting fine with my HTC One!

      • avatar
        Eric Hibbs
        March 11, 2014

        I have no trouble streaming music to BT devices either. Both mine and my wife’s car work great, it’s just transmitting via BT headset. Glad you’re not having that issue William.

      • avatar
        Bascule
        March 24, 2014

        My original comment here was nothing to do with Bluetooth. It was about the One S (launched with the One, with the same promise of updates for a reasonable time). Left languishing on Android 4.1.1! I appreciate that the “software update was complicated due to the Qualcomm S4 vs S3 issue” and it may well be the case that HTC found themselves unable to do anything about it but that doesn’t alter the fact that people who baught it got a raw deal and HTC offered not even an apology. Even a small incentive to trade in for another model or some kind of gesture should have been made. I don’t know if the cock-up was HTC’s, Qualcomm’s or no one’s at all but something went wrong and nothing was done about it. Right, I think I better leave this behind me now and move on! Those buying HTC’s other (admitedly excellent) phones are generally very happy. But I’m still cross enough with them to shop elsewhere.

  2. avatar
    Mike Clark
    February 24, 2014

    Does the Desire 816 have NFC?

    • avatar
      Jason Dunn
      February 24, 2014

      It’s listed as an optional feature in the official spec sheet – so it will likely vary carrier by carrier, country by country.

      • avatar
        Mike Clark
        February 24, 2014

        Thanks! Any chance of shooting that spec sheet (or a link) over to mike@nfcworld.com?

  3. avatar
    jackjiarocks
    February 24, 2014

    Love the color Jason!

  4. avatar
    Moto Psycho
    February 24, 2014

    I am sure it is shiny and all but where the hell is my gorram keyboard???? been stuck with a desire z for three years now, starting to lose faith here

    • avatar
      Jason Dunn
      February 25, 2014

      Phones with keyboards are a thing of the past. I completely understand why you love yours – I too was a hardcore keyboard user for years – but the world has moved on from them. Time to bite the bullet, get a new phone with an on-screen keyboard, and join us in the future. :-)

  5. avatar
    jlesther
    February 24, 2014

    I’d love to have the green one.. >.< Awesome!

  6. avatar
    Anaron
    February 24, 2014

    This is precisely what I was hoping HTC would do. And they didn’t disappoint me. I want one in every colour now.

  7. avatar
    Mol Mulyono
    February 25, 2014

    Great specs for a mid-range offering.

  8. avatar
    pepsigolda
    February 25, 2014

    this looks like a great phone, especially since HTC dropped the ultrapixel on this one. i actually think of getting one but still traumatized by one x’s wifi that’s practically useless after 4.2.2 update. HTC is still the most well-designed smartphones in my opinion, but i always have issues with every HTC phones that i have.

    • avatar
      Jason Dunn
      February 25, 2014

      WiFi problems are notoriously hard to isolate and nail down because there are just so many variables. Have you tried the obvious things like updating your WiFi router’s firmware, removing and re-adding the network on your phone, etc.?

  9. avatar
    Eric Hibbs
    February 25, 2014

    If you’re a Bluetooth headset user you’ll want to be sure BT works on this new device before buying. Having had a One and using 3500 minutes a month without using my BT headset for six months is ridiculous. HTC has no solution and no promise to resolve the issue on their flagship product that’s been out for nearly a year! I’ve been a LOYAL HTC user for about eight years and love my One, but no usable BT is ridiculous on the flagship product. Samsung users not having these issues.

    • avatar
      Ted Chien
      February 25, 2014

      Weird, because I can use all my BT headsets with my every HTC devices without any problems (Sony MW600, Sony MEX-2600BT Car Audio, etc.). I can also use my HTC One to connect with all my other BT devices to transfer files via BT without any problems (Nexus One, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 2013, Moto XOOM WiFi, MacBook Pro, etc). Please name your BT headset before you say your HTC One is not working properly on BT.

      • avatar
        Eric Hibbs
        February 25, 2014

        Please read my comment above to Ted Chien. I think that will answer all of your questions.

      • avatar
        William Ross
        February 25, 2014

        Is it possible that is just your phone with a possible defect. I just don’t have those issues and I think I’m in the majority?

      • avatar
        Eric Hibbs
        February 25, 2014

        Sure it’s possible, but the sheer numbers of individuals reporting having the same problem suggests otherwise. William, are you in the US?

    • avatar
      Ted Chien
      February 25, 2014

      Please name your BT headset. I can use my HTC One with many BT headsets without any problems (I tried most Sony BT headsets including my Sony MW600, I also use HTC One with my Sony MEX-2600BT Car Audio, and they are all working properly).

      • avatar
        Eric Hibbs
        February 25, 2014

        Ted, I’ve used Plantronics Legend, Plantronics Voyager, several Jawbones, an older Jabra and an older Motorola. ALL of these work on my older HTC phones as well as my wife’s IPhone5.

        The issue that exists is that the One user’s voice transmission is extremely garbled to the point that the distant party has significant trouble understanding the One user. As a voice technician, the best way I can describe it is as the transmit volume is EXTREMELY hot, yet the throughput volume is at a normal level, thus giving a distorted sound.

        The issue exists with the BT function on both my car stereo integration as well as my wife’s car stereo. Her phone and my previous HTC phones work fine, but the One transmit quality is terrible.

        HTC is well aware of this, but it does appear that you’re in Taiwan and I know that region doesn’t experience the issue. The BT algorithm in Asia is slightly different than the western world and this is apparently where the trouble resides. US, European countries and other regions use a different BT algorithm that was somehow missed in the One’s development as I understand it.

        HTC is reportedly buying a lot of BT headsets from the US to test this, but there has been no news in more than a month. I can transfer files, stream audio to a device, etc. okay, but voice transmission is absolutely terrible and countless users have been complaining and posting about it since the One’s release. At this point it is assumed, but not known, that the One Mini and One Max share the same problem.

        I truly am a BIG HTC fan, but using 3500 minutes a month without a BT headset for the past 6 months with no resolution in sight makes me rethink my allegiance.

      • avatar
        Jason Dunn
        February 25, 2014

        Hey Eric, thanks for sharing some details of your problem. Let me see if I can help. Hit me up on Twitter (@jasondunn).

      • avatar
        Eric Hibbs
        February 25, 2014

        Tweet sent, thank you.

  10. avatar
    Rahib
    February 25, 2014

    Can I know the price in Indian rupees…

    • avatar
      Jason Dunn
      February 25, 2014

      This phones has been initially announced in the European market only; in the coming months as more details emerge around release in other markets, there will be pricing information.

      • avatar
        Rahib
        February 26, 2014

        Thanks for the information….

  11. avatar
    Jason Dunn
    February 25, 2014

    This particular model, no.

  12. avatar
    Diane
    February 26, 2014

    This is definitely going to be the go to smartphone for selfie lovers!!!

  13. avatar
    Dishank Pundir
    February 26, 2014

    What will the price of htc desire 816 in india & what is the current price of this in europe

  14. avatar
    Being Parijat
    February 27, 2014

    its on the news that 816 will release in dual sim variants in India and some Latin American countries,
    if that be so will it be like the htc one i.e GSM+CDMA?

  15. avatar
    Sudipto Mukherjee
    February 28, 2014

    Will this Desire 816 be launched in Dual sim variant in India? Please let me know. I want to upgrade my phone. If its a dual sim will wait for its launch.

  16. avatar
    lunniey
    March 2, 2014

    How much battery capacity it has? This is would be an awesome phone if the price is around $300 :D

  17. avatar
    coopere
    March 3, 2014

    Looks good in white

  18. avatar
    omkar garg
    March 3, 2014

    Please Launh it in India

    • avatar
      Ajit Dubey
      March 13, 2014

      I am also waiting but can’t wait much as my current phone is not working.

  19. avatar
    Ahmad Nadeem
    March 4, 2014

    I sure hope it has a price that can compete with other phones in its category, since price is the major decider of a phone’s success in markets like Asia

  20. avatar
    c00ller
    March 4, 2014

    It is listed to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, but which model? A Snapdragon 400 CPU could be a 1.2 GHz dual core up to a 1.6 GHz quad core.

  21. avatar
    Afifa Afrin
    March 5, 2014

    Great offer for us.

  22. avatar
    Sandeep Parulekar
    March 7, 2014

    Is this phone available with boom sound & beats audio technology

  23. avatar
    Ajit Dubey
    March 8, 2014

    A Commitment from me-
    If HTC 816 is priced under 20K INR and preferably with dual sim, I’ll book on the day of its launch. As I was reading some article that in China, you may launch the 816 with aggressive pricing.

    • avatar
      Parijat Mishra
      March 22, 2014

      I’m pretty sure it’s not gonna be under 20k. Did you even look at the specs? ;)

      I’m guessing something in the mid/high 20s range (think Nexus 5), which is still pretty damn good for a phone like this.

      As per leaks, two more similar devices (Desire 316 and 516) are on the way. From their name, we can guess they’ll be cheaper than this one, with slightly lower specifications.

      • avatar
        Ajit Dubey
        March 22, 2014

        I completely agree with you. I expected it to be around 20K only because of it’s pricing in China which is under 300$.

        I can understand it’s not fair to expect 13MP rear, 5 MP front, HTC sense 5.5, HD Display and boomsound etc under 20K but finger crossed for it’s pricing.

        and for 316 and 516, it might be slightly lower than the specs and pricing..

  24. avatar
    yash raj jain
    March 11, 2014

    whats the pre-order price in china?

  25. avatar
    Pramod Kumar Singh
    March 12, 2014

    When this awesome phone is going to launch in India and at what price??? Do you able to launch a dual sim variant to India??? Desperately waiting for this mobile in Dual sim avatar.

    • avatar
      Ajit Dubey
      March 13, 2014

      Sorry brother! I am also waiting for this phone but as far as my knowledge is concerned, 816 won’t come up with dual sim

  26. avatar
    Tushar Saraf
    March 13, 2014

    As the news goes on the HTC Desire 816, it is to cost around 18000. Check the following :
    http://www.mysmartprice.com/mobile/htc-desire-816-msp3952

    Whats the deal with non removable battery and the NFC…
    Will it be available in dual sim variant..???

    • avatar
      Ajit Dubey
      March 13, 2014

      No. As far as my knowledge is concerned HTC has unveiled two mid range smartphones. 610 and 816. 610 will come up with dual sim but not the 816.

      • avatar
        Tushar Saraf
        March 14, 2014

        Thanks…but what problem does the non removable battery pose…
        Will it have Gorilla glass…???

  27. avatar
    Rachel
    March 15, 2014

    Will this be coming to any US carriers? Preferably T-Mobile or AT&T… Really excited about this phone!

  28. avatar
    Raja Reddy
    March 15, 2014

    There isn’t a Gorilla Glass protection for such a big Screen? Even a low budget phone MOTO G has a Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

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