HTC Desire 516 dual SIM Smartphone Review

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  • Performance

  • Features

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Key Specs

    1.2 GHz quad core processor, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal expandable up to 32 GB, 5 MP rear and 2 MP front camera, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, 5-inch screen with 540X960 pixels

Pros: Display, HTC Sense UI 5.1, Battery.

Cons: Battery backup, Speaker, Camera attracts noise in low-light, Heating

Bottomline: The mid-range smartphone disappoints with performance, camera and speakers. Moto G and Canvas Turbo Mini are better choices.


The new Desire dual SIM was released in response to the Moto G. It has a well-rounded plastic body that’s eye-catching, but prone to smudges due to its shiny surface. Weighing a mere 160 grams, the 516 has an impressive 5.0 inch display that supports 540 x 960 resolution and a pixel density of 220 ppi.

The phone is armed with a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, but still isn’t capable of handling a lightweight app such as Subway Surfers if a few other apps are opened in the background despite having 1 GB RAM. It switches between apps at a surprisingly fast speed without any lag and runs most basic apps smoothly. Games that run without lagging or crashes cause the phone to overheat after 20 minutes of continuous play.

The Desire 516 has a 5 MP primary camera with full HD video recording at 30 fps and a 2 MP secondary camera with 480p video calling. The phone boasts LED flash for an early evening shoot that takes a few seconds longer to click pictures in low-light, as well as attract noise. The camera’s 6x zoom proves useful for further objects, but the images are unclear and blurred. The device comes with 4GB internal memory, expandable up to 32 GB via microSD. The inbuilt speakers are average and provide low quality output, which distorts at its maximum volume. It has a Li-Po 1950 mAh battery that keeps it running for 8 hours or 4 hours 15 minutes of video playback.

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