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The HTC Desire 516 currently has an Informr score of 6.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 2 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Operating system
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
5+ MP

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Common Questions

HTC released the Desire 516 on June 25, 2014.

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HTC backs up the Desire 516 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

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Screen Size

The HTC Desire 516's screen size is 5 inches with x pixels resolution.

1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1950 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 9.2 days standby time, 540 minutes.

Desire 516 Specs

Brand HTC
Release date June 25, 2014
Regions available USA, UK
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
900/2100 MHz
SIM card size Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 4 GB
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.573 W/kg
Body: 0.595 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 1950 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 540 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 9.2 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Whie
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.0 x 7.2 x 1.0 cm (5.5 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 160 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 220 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Effects, Geotagging, Panorama
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
2+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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The HTC Desire 516 Dual sim is one of the worst Smartphones! Based on my experience, and after using the phone for 8 month, i can't recommend anyone to buy this phone. First, there's the Apps transfer issue: You cannot move or transfer any of your apps from the internal memory to the SD Card. Now if...More
The HTC Desire 516 Dual sim is one of the worst Smartphones! Based on my experience, and after using the phone for 8 month, i can't recommend anyone to buy this phone. First, there's the Apps transfer issue: You cannot move or transfer any of your apps from the internal memory to the SD Card. Now if the phone is supported with 8,16,32 GB of internal memory, i could accept such option, but with 2 GB internal memory! That's totally stupid. If you have installed just the most famous applications that everyone use (Whatsapp, Facebook, Viber, File Explorer, and other built-in and Google apps) you will not be able to install any other specialized app you probably need. What can i give as a mark to this stupid option? 1/10. Second, why the company insists that the internal memory is 4 GB, and the users cannot access more than 2 GB? I am surprised for such dumb situation, and it makes HTC look so Stupid! As i understand from several reviews, many of the Desire 516 Dual Sim faced this problem, with no clear answer of it: Is there anyway to access the full 4 GB? Or it's a lie that the phone has a 4 GB memory? So, as a result, the memory will earn 3/10. Third, the Camera performance. It's accepted in Good lightning conditions, not Very good, and certainly NOT PERFECT. it's just OK. On the other hand, and on bad lightning conditions (such as in the night) the camera performance is so bad, and that because of the low brightness produced by the LED Flash. Bad camera, it will not earn more that 3/10. Fourth, i can say that the overall performance of the phone is "OK". i don't have any problem of slow performance. It's not so fast, but it's not slow. It's "OK". What i mean by "Overall Performance" is how quick the phone is opening and closing certain application, how much time does it take to accomplish a task with certain application...etc. However, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Processor, i couldn't expect more. My mark here will be 6/10. Fifth, the touchscreen. Also "OK", not "Bad" and not "Perfect". It's stable, and haven't any problem with multitouch tasks. The touchscreen deserves 6/10. Maybe there's one good thing about the phone, and it's the design. The design is simple, you get all your necessary things where you expect them (Power button, volume buttons...) and it express the HTC design line. As a result, i will give this phone 4/10 as a total mark. I wouldn't recommend this phone to any one. This is not a Good Mid-Range phone, this a Bad phone whatever the category of classification is. Less

Its amazing phone better than apple i4 just there is a problem of battery backup