The Samsung Galaxy Note series has created a huge buzz in the market for its efficiency and performance.

The Note 3 Neo launched in February 2014 is a remarkable contender for the most efficient phablet. Another device that deserves a spot in this competition is the HTC Desire 816 that was first released in March 2014. But when the two devices compete for the superiority in the field of branded phablet, which one comes out as the winner? Is the Galaxy Note 3 Neo a neoclassical device or does the desire 816 meet prospective buyer’s desires? Let’s find out!


The Note 3 Neo has the dimensions of 148.4 x 77.4 x 8.6 mm and weighs 162.5 g. On the other hand, the Desire 816 measures 156.6 x 78.7 x 7.9 mm and hits the weighing scales at 165 g. This means that the HTC device is larger as well as heavier than the Samsung Note 3 Neo. However, a 2.5 g difference doesn’t provide the Samsung device a considerable advantage over the Desire 816.

The two devices feature a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. In addition to this, both the devices have multi-touch functionality. Apart from this, the Samsung device comes loaded with a Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, in comparison to Desire 816’s Super LCD 2 capacitive touchscreen.

Winner: Tie

Platform and Storage

The Samsung device as well as the Desire 816 features the Android operating system. The Note 3 Neo has the Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) preloaded, but the device can be upgraded to the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat). On the contrary, the Desire 816 comes preloaded with the Android 4.4.2 (KitKat).

Apart from this, the Samsung device runs on the 4-core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 and 2-Core 1.7 GHz Cortex A15 processor. This phablet has the Exynos 5260 chipset and Mali-T624 GPU. In contrast, the HTC device is powered by the Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, alongside Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip and Adreno 305 graphics.

When it comes to memory, the Note 3 Neo has 16 GB internal storage and 64 GB expandable card slot. In comparison, the HTC device offers 8 GB of internal storage, which can be expanded up to 128 GB. Other than this, the Galaxy phablet has 2 GB RAM, in comparison to Desire 816’s 1.5 GB.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo


The Note 3 Neo has an 8 MP rear sensor that shoots images at a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. In addition to this, it has a 2 MP front camera for video chatting and selfies. On the other hand, the HTC device has a 13 MP shooter on the rear panel and a 5MP sensor on the front side. This means that the Desire 816 offers a 5 MP and 3 MP higher sensor on the rear side and front panel respectively.

Winner: HTC Desire 816


The Samsung device features a Li-Ion 3100 mAh battery that provides a stand-by of 540 hours. In contrast, the Desire 816 is powered by a non-removable, Li-Po 2600 mAh battery offering a stand-by time up to 737 hours. In addition to this, the talk time provided by the Samsung and the Desire 816 is 18 hours and 21 hours respectively.

Winner: HTC Desire 816

To sum it up, the two branded phablets score well and provide intense competition to each other. The HTC device is smarter in appearance and offers more powerful battery and camera configuration, whereas the Note 3 Neo provides better performance specifications.

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