The Xperia SP impresses not only with its design, but with the internal specs and features as well. This mid-range smartphone is challenged by HTC’s Desire 616 model, but the second phone impresses a little only with its display.
Displays, designs and sizes
The Desire 616 has a bigger HD display of 5inches, which supports a resolution of 720x1280pixels and 294ppi. The HTC handset has a removable rear panel with access to the battery, SIM card and microSD card, and on the right side of the phone you’ll see the power button and the volume button. The device is weighting 150grams and its dimensions are 142×71.9×9.2mm.
The Xperia SP is even heavier, with 5grams, but it has a shorter body which measures 130.6×67.1x10mm. The display is TFT, of 4.6inches, which supports the same resolution, but the pixel density is higher at 319ppi. This model uses Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 technology to obtain a great viewing experience, and the screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass. Regarding the exterior, even if the phone is sturdy, there’s a feature that makes it unique – the translucent bar with LED light, located at the bottom of the front panel. On the right ride you’ll notice the power and the volume buttons, and the rear panel isn’t removable. Though, the phone looks great thanks to the aluminum chassis.
Hardware and OS
The HTC handset runs decently with an octa core 1.4GHz Cortex A7 processor, supported by a Mediatek MT6592 chipset which hosts also a Mali-450MP4 GPU and 1GB of RAM. The built in memory is 4GB, but you can get up to 32GB by adding a microSD card. The Desire 616 runs on Android v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and has the HTC Sense 5.5 UI on top of it.
The Xperia SD also comes with its own UI skin which gets along very well with the Android platform. The phone comes with v4.1 (Jelly Bean) and it’s upgradeable to v4.3 (Jelly Bean), but this isn’t a big step and difference. As for the hardware specs, the phone is powered by a dual core 1.7GHz Krait processor, baked by a Qualcomm MSM8960T Snapdragon chipset and uses an Adreno 320 GPU. The team is completed by 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory, which is expandable up to 32GB.
Both back cameras on these smartphones are 8MP with autofocus and LED flash, and there are many mutual features which you ca use to obtain good quality images: geo tagging, touch focus, HDR and face detection. With the HTC handset you can record HD videos and images simultaneously, while the Xperia SD has image stabilization and sweep panorama. The secondary cameras are 2MP on the Desire 616 and VGA, on the Xperia SP.
The battery of the Desire 616 is user replaceable, but it has a lower capacity – 2000mAh, it’s Li-Po and it allows 14hours of talktime on 3G. The Xperia SP comes with a non-removable Li-Ion 2370mAh battery with which you can talk 19hours on 3G.
The HTC Desire 616 dual-SIM costs 250 dollars and can be purchased from aamzon.com. The pricing for the Xperia SP is 234 dollars.
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