HTC Desire 816 vs Sony Experia T2 Ultra vs Lumia 1320: Comparison of specs and Price

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Getting confused, which one is better to buy: HTC Desire 816, Nokia Lumia 1320 or Sony Xperia T2 Ultra? Don’t worry; take a look at the comparison of these mid-range phablets.

Large phone or small tablet, whatever you call it, the phablet is ongoing trend in the smartphone market. Big companies like Sony, Nokia and HTC are bringing large screen experience to the mid-range segment. Nokia launched Lumia 1320 a mid-range smartphone-cum-tablet in January, 2014 and Sony unveiled Xperia T2 Ultra in March, 2014. Now, HTC has come up with its very own mid-range phablet, the Desire 816, which gives a strong competition to Xperia T2 Ultra and Lumia 1320. People who want to buy a new MNC branded phablet at affordable price might be interested in HTC Desire 816, Nokia Lumia 1320 and Sony Xperia T2 Ultra. Here is a comparison of these three mid-range phablets.

HTC Desire 816 vs Sony Experia T2 Ultra vs Lumia 1320: Comparison of specs and Price

HTC Desire 816 made its world debut at the Mobile World Congress 2014. It is a good combination of impressive specs and beautiful built quality. It is the first HTC smartphone to have the premium design and flagship performance for incredible value. In terms of design, HTC Desire 816 looks similar to the HTC One, complete with front dual stereo speakers and HTC BoomSound.

The device is made up of a glossy plastic finish instead of all-metal chasis but it gives premium look and feels. It sports a unibody design with rounded corners. There are no physical buttons at the front. It uses onscreen buttons for navigation. The smartphone sports a big, 5.5-inch HD display with 267ppi. The HTC BlinkFeed keeps users up-to-date with real-time news stories, social updates, and notifications.

It is powered by 1.6 GHz quad-core processor to provide world-class speed and power. The processor is paired with 1.5 GB of RAM. It is based on Android with HTC Sense v5.5 UI. The android version has been not revealed yet. The device is a great choice for photography lovers, thanks to the two powerful cameras: 13MP rear and 5MP front. The 13MP rear camera comes along with HTC Zoe and automatic highlight videos.

The phone is loaded with 2600 mAh Li-polymer battery that provides up to 21 hours (3G) of talk time and up to 737 hours (3G) of Standby time. Connectivity features of the HTC Desire 816 smartphone are 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX enabled, Wi-Fi, DLNA , HTC Connect and micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port.

Comparison of HTC Desire 816, Nokia Lumia 1320 and Sony Xperia T2 Ultra


All three smartphones have HD (720x1280p) display, which is pretty enough for a Phablet. The screen size of the Desire 816 is 5.5-inch with 267 ppi while the Xperia T2 Ultra and the Lumia 1320 have a much bigger screen size, 6.0-inch but reduced pixel density (245 ppi). The Xperia T2 Ultra screen also features Sony’s proprietary TRILUMINOS and BRAVIA Engine 2 display technology.


The HTC Desire 816 and The Xperia T2 Ultra use the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor but with different clocking speed. The HTC device is clocked at 1.6 GHz whereas the Xperia T2 Ultra clocking speed is 1.4 GHz. The Lumia 1320 is packed with less powerful dual-core chipset but has 1.7GHz clock rate which is more than the HTC Desire and the Xperia T2 Ultra.

RAM and Storage

HTC have a more powerful RAM of 1.5 GB than that of 1 GB in Sony and Nokia devices. All three of them have 8GB inbuilt storage that can be expanded via microSD card. The Desire 816 inbuilt storage is expandable up to 128GB on the other hand Sony and Nokia devices storage is expandable up to 32GB and 64GB respectively.

Operating System

The HTC Desire 816, Nokia Lumia 1320 and Sony Xperia T2 Ultra have different operating system. The HTC Desire 816 runs on Android with HTC Sense UI. It is expected that the phone will run on Android 4.4 KitKat OS with Sense 5.5 UI. The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS, which can be upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat. The Nokia Lumia 1320 come loaded with Windows Phone 8 OS with Lumia Black.


The Desire 816 and the Xperia T2 Ultra have 13MP rear camera, while the Nokia Lumia 1320 has a 5MP rear camera with two-stage auto focus. The Desire 816 has 5MP front-facing shooter. Both the front and rear camera of the Desire 816 is paired with BSI sensor and capable to record Full HD (1080p) videos. The Xperia T2 Ultra rear camera is able to record full HD 1080P videos and the front 1.1 MP shooter can record 720p HD videos. The Nokia Lumia 1320 sports a VGA front-facing camera and the rear camera can shoot full HD videos.


Battery is another factor that differentiates all three of them. The Desire 816 boasts 2600 mAh battery that delivers up to 21 hours (3G) of talk time and up to 737 hours (3G) of Standby time. The Xperia T2 Ultra includes 3000 mAh that provides up to 24 hours of talk time and up to 44 days of Standby time. The Nokia Lumia 1320 is equipped with 3400 mAh that offers up to 25 hours of talk time and up to 28 days of Standby time.


The HTC Desire 816 will hit the Indian market in May with a price tag of Rs 23,990. The Nokia Lumia 1320 is available for Rs. 20,599 whereas the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra comes with a price tag of Rs. 23,900.

Table showing specs comparison of HTC Desire 816, Nokia Lumia 1320 and Sony Xperia T2 Ultra


HTC Desire 816

Nokia Lumia 1320

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra


5.5-inch HD (720x1280p) screen

Pixel density: 267 ppi (pixels per inch)

6.0-inch HD (720x1280p) IPS LCD screen with pixel density 245 ppi (pixels per inch), Corning Gorilla Glass shield

6.0-inch HD (1720x1280p) TFT screen with TRILUMINOS and BRAVIA Engine 2 display technology


Android (version not revealed ) with Sense v5.5 UI

Windows Phone 8 with Lumia Black update

Android v4.3 Jelly Bean OS


Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1.6 GHz, quad-core CPU

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor with 1.7GHz CPU speed

1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core CPU

(chipset: MSM8928)






8GB, expandable up to 128GB

8GB, expandable up to 64 GB

8GB, expandable up to 32GB


Main: 13.0-megapixel camera with Flash support

Front: 5.0-megapixel camera

Main: 5.0-megapixel camera with LED flash, two stage auto-focus, f/2.4 aperture, full HD video recording

Front: 640x480p camera with f/2.8 aperture

Main: 13.0-megapixel with pulsed LED flash and auto, HDR (for both video/picture), 16X digital zoom, Sony Exmor RS sensor

Front: 1.1-megapixl camera (720p resolutions)


2600 mAh;

Talk time: up to 21 hours (3G)

Standby mode: close to 737 hours (3G)

3400 mAh;

Talk time: up to 25 hours (2G) & 21 hours (3G)

Standby time: close to 28 days

3000 mAh (Li-Ion);

Talk time: up to 24 hours

Standby mode: close to 44 days


2G & 3G

2G & 3G

2G & 3G


Nano-SIM, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), GPS, micro-USB, microSD card slot

Micro-SIM slot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), A-GPS, GLONASS, microSD card slot, USB v2.0,

Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi, NFC, USB v2.0, GLONASS/A-GPS for navigation, FM radio with RDS


156.6 x 78.7 x 8 mm

164.2 x 85.2 x 9.8 mm

165.2 x 83.2 x 7.65 mm


165 g

220 g

171.5 g






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