HTC Desire 616 Dual Sim Review: Managing Expectations: Gallery, Media Players, Audio Quality

By 11:46 Sat, 14 Aug 2021 Comments

Stock Gallery and no Zoe

The stock Android Gallery on board the HTC Desire 616 dual sim is quite plain. It can group and sort photos by album, location or time but that's as far as it goes. We miss online album and social network integration and the advanced editing features that come with Zoe.

A simple gallery

Instead of Zoe we just acquire Video Highlights. It automatically stitches images into a video slideshow complete with multiple themes and soundtracks to choose from. You can pick which photos and videos go into a Highlight and choose whether to haged the audio from videos or not.

Creating a Video Highlight is easy

Simple video player

The video player is as basic as they acquire - you see a list of all videos and tap on one to play it. The player lets you adjust the video aspect ratio and scaling but that's as far as it goes, there are no subtitles or access to the equalizer here.

The simple video player

Video codec support proved decent and the phone played 1080p videos stored in AVI, MP4 and MKV files but AC3 and Digital Theater System (DTS) sound was a no go.

While the Desire 616 dual sim does not have wired TV out it does support wireless classy screen mirroring over the Miracast protocol.

Music player

In contrast, the music player is quite feature-rich. You can browse your music collection by artist, album or playlist, including an automatically created Recently added playlist.

Browsing through the music library

The Now playing interface isn't exactly pretty (the latest Sense music player is a looker) but at least the buttons are visible and easily accessible. Music controls are also available in the notification area but strangely none showed up on the lockscreen.

The Now playing interface

We're pleased - if a bit surprised - to report the Desire 616 dual sim has a music player equalizer. Other HTC phones, even flagships, haven't had one in quite a while but here you acquire a 5-band equalizer with presets, bass boost and 3D effect. You can also add a reverb effect to simulate differently-sized rooms or halls.

Frequency Modulation (FM) Radio with broadcast recording

The phone has an Frequency Modulation (FM) receiver with RDS support. It supports RDS so you can view the station name and additional info it broadcasts and you can play the sound through the loudspeaker (headphones should still be plugged in).

The Frequency Modulation (FM) Radio app

A nice but rare option lets you record radio broadcasts. Keep in mind that this feature may be region-specific due to varying local regulations.

Audio output disappoints

We are used to seeing market-leading performances from HTC smartphones in terms of audio quality, but unfortunately the Desire 616 didn't quite manage to repeat the performance of its siblings we've recently reviewed. The smartphone put in a decent if unspectacular showing in the first part of our test, but fell flat on its face in the second half.

When attached to an active external amplifier, the HTC Desire 616 delivers impressively loud audio with low noise levels, very fine dynamic range and stereo crosstalk. The frequency response was adequate for the most part although its extreme bass frequencies are slit off. Harmonic distortion is nicely low, but the intermodulation distortion reading isn't ideal.

Plug in a pair of headphones when we plugged in a pair of headphones. Volume levels dropped from excellent to average, while stereo crosstalk and intermodulation distortion spiked. Even noise levels and dynamic range were affected, adding up to a rather disappointing overall performance.

Keep in mind that we used Google's Play Music app for the test, rather than the default Music app. The performance was even worse with the Music app, so we recommdiscontinue you stay away from it if audio quality matters to you.

And here go the results so you can see for yourselves.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic

rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

HTC Desire 616 dual sim+0.08, -1.08-90.489.50.019


HTC Desire 616 dual sim (headphones attached)+1.11, -5.74-


HTC Desire 816+0.02, -0.08-93.893.80.0017


HTC Desire 816 (headphones attached)+0.10, -0.01-93.993.90.0046


Alcatel One Touch Idol X++0.03, -0.26-


HTC Desire 700 dual sim+0.34, -2.31-


HTC Desire 700 dual sim (headphones attached)+0.34, -2.13-92.391.70.054


Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ (headphones attached)+0.09, -0.24-91.991.80.018


HTC Desire 616 dual sim frequency response

You can learn more about the whole testing process here..



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