The mid-budget smartphone segment in India has witnessed one more sizzling launch. After BlackBerry, the Taiwanese manufacturers HTC have launched their mid-budget, HTC Desire 516 Android Smartphone in the Indian marketplace.

The Dual SIM, 5-inched HTC Desire 516 has been launched with a strategic price tag, which makes it a strong competitor to the Motorola Moto G and the latest launched BlackBerry Z3.

Let’s have a look at each and every aspect of the HTC Desire 516.

HTC Desire 516 – Best Price in India

The HTC Desire 516 is priced at Rs. 14, 200 in India.

HTC Desire 516 – Specifications & Features

Body Dimensions

The body dimensions of HTC Desire 516 read 140 x 72 x 9.7mm. It weighs 160 grams only.


HTC Desire 516 sports a 5-inch qHD Capacitive Multi-touch Screen display, which produces a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels at a pixel density rate of 220 pixels per inch. This is not a very brilliant display in the segment. HTC should have added a Full HD display on this device.

Processor & RAM

This smartphone is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Quad Core Processor, which is coupled with 1GB of RAM and Adreno 302 GPU. This combination will easily drive various huge applications and entertaining HD games on the device.

Operating System

The HTC Desire 516 runs on the Google’s Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box. There is no official report about any software update in the future, which could be a disappointment with this smartphone.

HTC Desire 516 features the innovative HTC Sense UI 5.1, which adds an advantage to the device.


For photography on the go, HTC Desire 516 sports a 5 Megapixels (2592 x 1944 pixels) Autofocus rear camera, coupled with an LED flash. You can record 720p HD videos with this rear camera. It also houses a 2 Megapixels secondary camera on its front, which could also record 720p HD videos.


This smartphone boasts 4GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 32GB via MicroSD card slot.


For Connectivity, HTC Desire 516 features 3G, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, GPRS with EDGE, WI-Fi, WI-Fi Hotspot, GPS with A-GPS, USB, microUSB2.0 and 3.5mm Audio Jack.


HTC Desire 516 is fuelled by a 1950mAH Li-ion battery, which could drive this smartphone for long hours.

Our Words on HTC Desire 516

Overall, HTC Desire 516 is a quality package of any Android Smartphone. The 5-inched touch screen display, Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad Core Processor with 1GB RAM and a good quality 5 Megapixels camera would offer you a nice Smartphone experience.

However, we feel that the HTC Desire 516 has been overpriced, while comparing it with its competitors. Also, this smartphone runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS, which is not acceptable when everyone is launching KitKat Smartphones at affordable price tags.

But, if you are looking for a branded mid-budget smartphone with innovative features like HTC Sense UI 5.1, and one which doesn’t compromise with the quality, the HTC Desire 516 is meant for you.


The author has great interest in handset and technology reviews. Currently he is working with 91mobiles

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