HTC One E8 (Dual-Sim) vs. HTC Desire 816 (Dual-Sim) – Specifications, Features and Price Showdown

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The HTC Desire 816 saw a limited release in May, whereas the HTC One M8's plastic-equivalent, the HTC One E8 (aka HTC One Ace) has recently been launched in June. Readers who are interested in the HTC One E8 or the HTC Desire 816 should check out this specifications, features and price comparison.

Display, Exterior and Size

The HTC One E8 features 5.0-inch IPS LCD display with 1,080 x 1,920 pixels screen resolution, while the Desire 816 features a whopping LG G3-like 5.5-inch Super LCD2 display, with a relatively lower screen resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels. In addition, the pixel densities of One E8 and Desire 816 stand at 441 ppi and 267 ppi respectively.

Being the plastic-variants of HTC One M8, the HTC One E8 is made of polycarbonate material. The HTC One M8's brushed metallic unibody look is replaced with plastic chassis. Thus, the handset's weight is reduced from 160 g (of HTC One M8) to only 145 g. Meanwhile, the HTC Desire 816 comes with a glossy polycarbonate plastic exterior unlike the metallic look of the high-end HTC One M8. Nevertheless, the matte effect surrounding the corners of the phone provides a solid, likeable look to the handset, according to Trusted Reviews

The thickness and the weight of HTC Desire 816 are 0.31 inches and 165 g respectively. Whereas the HTC One E8 is 0.39 inches thick and weighs 145 g.

Hardware, Software and Memory

The HTC One E8 is powered by a superior quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 801) Krait 400 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz. The Desire 816, on the other hand, is powered by a quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 400) Cortex-A7 processor clocked at 1.6 GHz. The One E8 handset houses a solid 2 GB of RAM, while the Desire 816 handset houses 1.5 GB of RAM.

Both the handsets run on Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS along with HTC's Sense 6.0 UI. Also, the Desire 816 comes equipped with 8 GB of internal storage, whereas the One E8 comes with 16 GB of memory space. In addition, both the handsets support microSD card for expansion up to 128 GB.

Camera and Battery

Both the handsets feature 13 MP rear-facing camera units with LED flash and a surprisingly good 5 MP shooter in the front. Furthermore, both the HTC devices come equipped with a solid Li-Ion 2600 mAh battery unit. Also, the batteries are not user-replaceable.


Desire 816

HTC One E8

Talk Time

21 Hours

26 Hours

Stand-by Time

614 Hours

504 hours


1. While the HTC One E8 supports NFC, the HTC Desire 816 doesn't.

2. Both the phones do not feature dust/water proof exteriors.

3. Both the HTC handsets house nano-sim.

4. In addition, both the phones come with dual-sim support.

5. The HTC One E8 comes in polar white, electric crimson, maldives blue, and misty gray shades, whereas the HTC Desire 816 comes in black, white, red, gray, and green.


When it comes to price range, the HTC One E8 (also referred as HTC One Ace) is expected to be priced at AU$435. The HTC Desire 816, on the other hand, can be purchased for AU$379.95 in Australia.

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