The launch of the Lumia 1320 marked the entry of a device that would offer an impressive screen size at a fairly affordable price.
The smartphone had such a large display that it would be hard to classify it as a phablet. The same cannot be said of the Desire 616 from HTC, especially with its dimensions in mind.
The Desire 616 comes in at a fairly compact size because of its 5 inch display, which has a 720p resolution. This is an inch smaller than the Lumia 1320’s display, which provides up to 245 PPI only, because of its 720p display. As a result of the remarkable difference in terms of resolution, the Lumia 1320 feels slightly let-down in terms of detail. A pixel density close to 326 PPI means that the HTC phone excels in this regard.
Any advantages gained by the Desire 616 in terms of the display are quickly lost, when it comes to internal memory specifications. Since it has a paltry 4 GB of internal memory, this phone is likely to need an external memory card right out of the box. The phone does support memory cards of up to 32 GB but it is particularly not useful since most users will not be able to get the apps on the memory card. The Lumia 1320 performs slightly better by the way of having 8 GB of storage internally, while it also supports up to 64 GB in external memory cards.
Nokia has always provided phones with excellent camera, but this may not be the case with the Lumia 1320. In order to reduce the prices, Lumia 1320 provides only a five megapixel camera in the rear while the front facing camera is capable of only VGA shots. The HTC Desire 616 performs well above average in this regard by having an eight megapixel camera at the back and a two megapixel front facing camera. This means that this device will be significantly better than the Lumia 1320 in terms of every shot and video. Both phones have a similar set of features like full HD video recording and HDR mode.
Since the Desire 616 runs on the Android platform, this phone needs a lot of power in order to provide a smooth user experience. This manages to do so by virtue of having an octa core processor from Mediatek. This processor is rated at 1.4 GHz, which is only just slower than the 1.7 GHz processor on the Nokia. However, there is a substantial difference because the Nokia uses a dual core processor only, but this comes from snapdragon. The power difference is unlikely to make the Nokia slower since it runs a heavily closed user experience of Windows.
Due to the much larger screen size, the Nokia had to provide Lumia 1320 with a 3400 mAh battery compared to the 2000 mAh battery on the HTC. Both phones retail at around $270 for the unlocked versions.