Not yet ready to take down its guard, HTC has recently rolled out HTC Desire 516 phablet in India and Europe. The war in the competitive market of low-cost smartphones seems to be far from over with the entry of BlackBerry Z3 and Asus ZenFone 5. Launched in direct competition to Moto G, the Desire 516 is a 5-inch device boasting sleek design and round edges.

HTC Desire 516: Good But Far From Perfect
HTC Desire 516: Good But Far From Perfect

With a removable plastic rear cover and battery, the Desire 516 holds 5MP camera with 540 x 960 pixel resolution and 220 pixel density. The 2MP front camera makes it a great choice for those who love to take selfies. However, the glossy finish of the device makes it uneasy to hold with one hand.

Weighing 160 grams, the phablet is 9.7 mm in thickness. Available in full black and full white variants, it holds lighted back and home touch buttons for easy use at nights. Priced Rs. 13,302, the HTC Desire 516 offers good viewing and clear display quality for pictures and videos though it lacks HD view.  

Powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, the device comes paired with Adreno 305 GPU. Holding 1 GB of RAM, the Desire 516 comes with the outdated Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which HTC needs to update.

Using a micro SD card, the 4 GB of internal storage can be expanded to 32 GB. The storage capacity gives an edge to other competitors in the market that hold the same price-tag with internal storage of 8 GB.

The HTC Desire 516 comes packed with a 1950 mAh Li-Ion battery that’s removable. Compatible with dual SIM, 3G and Wi-Fi, the device seems impressive considering its price range but does lag behind other competitors in the market.

To emerge a winner, HTC must revamp its device, working on to offer a powerful battery, an updated OS, faster processor, a HD screen and a higher internal storage- certain points that its Desire 516 lags.