HTC Desire 516C Review

HTC 516C was launched in India on 17 October 2014. It is a dual SIM device and is available exclusively on for Rs 12,271. So can this phone compete with the devices like Moto G 2nd Gen, Asus Zenfone 5 etc. And is it worth buying? Read on to find out.

Design & Build Quality

HTC devices comes with a distinct look and Desire 516C is no exception. It measures 140x72x9.7 mm and weighs around 160 grams which is on the heavier side but still manageable. It has a plastic body but still feels quite solid and sturdy in hands. The front of the device is dominated by a 5 inch display.


Above the display you have an earpiece and VGA front facing camera. The phone does not have a proximity and ambient light sensor which is bit disappointing for a device which costs around 13,000 INR.


Below the display you have three usual Android touch buttons – back, home and properties/menu. The touch buttons do not have back light.


On the right side, you just have a power/lock key which has a fake metallic finish.


You can locate a volume rocker on the left side of the phone. Surprisingly, volume rocker have simple plastic look and feel. All the buttons are easy to reach and use.


A 3.5 mm audio jack and a micro USB port is present at the top of the device. Most of the devices these days comes with a micro USB port at the bottom. It won’t make a big difference but i found it to be bit difficult to talk on the phone while charging it. But the question is how often do you talk on the phone while it is charging? Rarely.


At the bottom of the device you have the primary mic for voice calling and a small slit to open the back panel.


HTC Desire 516C comes with a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and a loudspeaker slit at the back. It comes with a removable back panel and company has used high quality plastic for making the back cover.


Once you remove the back cover, you will find a 1950 mAh battery, two SIM card slots and a micro SD slot. The phone uses regular SIM cards and supports microSD card of up to 32 GB storage.


Overall, the phone has a decent build quality but company could have improved it by providing backlit touch buttons.


The phone comes with a 5 inch display which has a resolution of 960×540 pixels. Undoubtedly, Display is not the strongest point of this device. The display has good brightness levels and viewing angles. In normal usage you won’t face any problems with the display but if you hold the device too close to your eyes you can notice the pixelation. Display is a fingerprint magnet and you need to clean it regularly.

Hardware & Performance

Desire 516C is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 1.2 Ghz quad core processor along with 1 GB of RAM. It comes with 4 GB of internal storage out of which 1.6 GB is actually available for the user. Fortunately the device supports a microSD card, so you don’t need to worry about storage issues. You can run most of the apps on the device and enjoy multitasking without much problems.

There is no lag while navigating through the home screens or while opening/closing the applications. But the device was not able to handle high end games properly. There was a visible lag in games like Nova 3. Talking about the connectivity features, it supports Dual SIM, WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth and GPS. The phone does not support USB OTG. So if you are looking for a


The phone runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS along with HTC Sense UI & Blinkfeed on top. There isn’t much to talk about the software on the device. One of the interesting thing is the dedicated home screen – Blinkfeed which works as a single source to get all news and social updates. The interface is smooth and you won’t face any issues with it.


Desire 516 comes with a 5 megapixel back camera with LED flash. The camera interface is pretty simple and minimalistic. The camera is decent for casual photography. Here are sample images which we  have captured using the back camera of the device :

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The quality of captured images is decent in day light conditions but just like most of other devices in this price segment it also fails to capture decent images in low light conditions.

Battery Life

The phone comes with a 1950 mAh battery which gives it a rated talk time of up to 9 hours on 3G and a standby time of around 220 hours. The battery backup is decent as it lasted for nearly an entire day with moderate usage. But with heavy usage you need to charge it before the day ends.


HTC Desire 516C is available exclusively on for Rs 12,271. The device comes with a decent hardware and a 5 inch display which will attract users who are looking for a large display. At approx 12k INR, the device lacks few essential things like proximity sensor, ambient light sensor & OTG support which might stop users from opting for this device.


  • Decent Hardware
  • Large Display


  • Low internal storage
  • No OTG Support
  • Missing Proximity & Ambient Light sensors

Author: Akshay Aggarwal

Akshay is a Tech Enthusiast who loves to write about Technology and Gadgets. He is very passionate about blogging and has been blogging since 2009.

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