Motorola Moto X vs HTC Desire 816 – Top Specs and Price Comparison

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The Moto X and the HTC Desire 816 are two interesting phones which run on the Android KitKat OS, but the HTC uses the Sense UI, while the Moto X has an easy to use interface. We’re going to compare these two phones and we’ll highlight their advantages, in order to help you take the right decision, in case you’re interested in buying one of them.

Displays and sizes

These phones have displays of different sizes and using two completely different technologies. While the Moto X features a 4.7inches AMOLED screen with a resolution of 720x1280pixels and 312ppi, the Desire 816 offers a 5.5inches Super LCD2 display with the same resolution, but a lower pixel density – 267ppi. Our opinion is that the AMOLED display is superior to the LCD 2 display, but if you like phablets more than mid range smartphones, then the Desire 816 is the right device for you.

As for the dimensions, you already know that the HTC handset is bigger, so it’s measuring 156.6×78.7×7.9mm and it weights 165grams, while the Moto X is 35grams lighter and its dimensions are 129.3×65.3×10.4mm, and its screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Hardware and OS

The Moto X runs faster thanks to its combination consisting of a dual-core 1.7GHz Krait processor + a Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Snapdragon chipset + an Adreno 320 and 2GB of RAM. The Desire 816 is using a quad core 1.6GHz Cortex-A7 processor, which is backed by a Qualcomm MSM8928 Snapdragon 400 chipset and it uses an older version of Adreno GPU (305). Also, it hosts 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of built in storage, but it supports a MicroSD card slot for expansion up to 128GB. The Moto X offers only fixed internal memories of 16/32/64GB.

The Moto X comes loaded with an older Android version – 4.2.2. (Jelly Bean), but it’s upgradeable to 4.4.4 (KitKat). The Desire 816, on the other hand, is running on the 4.4.2 (KitKat) version.


The Desire 816 has a superior shooter, with the resolution of 13MP and which has additional features, such as simultaneous HD video and image recording and video recording at 720p@60fps. It also has a better camera on the front, of 5MP. The Moto X features a 10MP primary camera with 1.4 µm pixel size and panorama and has lots of features in common with the Moto X such as autofocus, LED flash, HDR, geo tagging, touch focus and face detection, being capable of recording videos at 1080p@30fps, but its secondary camera is weaker, of 2MP.


The Moto X hosts a Li-Ion 2200mAh battery which can provide up to 13 hours of talk time on 3G. The Desire 816 has a non-removable Li-Po 2600mAh battery, which allows you to talk 21hours on 3G.


The Moto X is available on at the price of 317 dollars for the 16GB variant. The Desire 816 costs 384 dollars.

The advantages of the Moto X:

  •  higher RAM: 2GB vs 1.5GB
  •  higher pixel density: 312ppi vs 267ppi
  •  higher built in storage: 16GB vs 8GB
  •  it’s protected by Gorilla Glass
  •  it resists water spills, even if it’s not certified as a water resistant smartphone.

The advantages of the HTC Desire 816:

  •  bigger screen
  •  better rear and front cameras
  •  a battery with a higher capacity: 2600mAh vs 2200mAh
  •  the internal memory can be expanded




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