Xolo Q1010i Vs HTC Desire 816: New Players, Same Intentions, One Winner

By Prarthito

When we speak of smartphones these days, we understand that the meaning of mobile handsets has changed radically with the passing of years. Gone are the days of simple feature phones with more and more new smartphones arriving in every price segment possible.

There are a host of smartphone manufacturers around the planet that are currently selling their devices under several different banner names. And while big names such as Samsung, Apple and Sony have already made a mark for themselves, other companies from India and China are also coming up to the forefront of the competition.

Xolo Q1010i Vs HTC Desire 816: Specs Comparison


Talking about the Indian smartphone vendors, it is quite clear by now that the Indian market is one of the most growing and exciting markets currently in the world. And hence the market has seen the arrival of not only the biggest names in the game, but also new Indian vendors looking to make it big.

Two companies currently making their way through this competition are Xolo and HTC with their newest Q1010i and Desire 816 offerings, respectively.

Xolo is currently looking to gain a bit of traction in the market to come in terms with other Indian vendors like Micromax, if not the big players. HTC, on the other, has a lot of hope pinned on the new Desire 816 and will look to make some name for itself with the year going by.

So keeping aside all others in the race, what happens when we pit the Xolo Q1010i against the new HTC Desire 816? Let's take a closer look at the comparison between the two.

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Operating System

There's not much to choose from here since both the devices come running on the Google-based Android operating system. The Xolo Q1010i, for that matter, comes running the Android Jelly Bean.

Display and Dimensions


The Xolo Q1010i sports a 5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen, while rendering 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. Also, the device's overall dimensions measure up to 143.6 x 72.2 x 8.3 mm.

The HTC Desire 816, in this regard, sports a slightly more 5.5-inch Super LCD2 capacitive touch screen, while rendering 1080 x 720 pixels resolution. The device's overall dimensions measure up to 156.6 x 78.7 x 8 mm, and weighs in at 165 grams, which will be quite heavy for most.


The Xolo Q1010i, in this instance, offers a 8-megapixel primary camera with Sony Exmor R sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 1.4 micron pixel size and a 5-element lens. Also add a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter.

The HTC Desire 816, in terms of camera, offers a greater 13-megapixel primary rotating camera, sporting a pixel resolution of 4160 x 3120 pixels, with autofocus and LED flash. The device also comes with a front-facing 5-megapixel camera.


Both the devices with overall decent engines with impressive performance and improved horsepower, as expected from new-gen devices.

While the Xolo Q1010i is equipped with a quad core 1.3 GHz processor with MTK 6582 chipset, the HTC Desire 816 comes equipped with a 1.6 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor.

Storage and RAM

The Xolo Q1010i offers 1GB of RAM to users while offering the device in an 8 GB internal memory variant. Moreover, there's the option to expand the device's memory up to another 32 GB as an external microSD slot for additional memory is also present.

The HTC-made Desire 816, on the other hand, Offers a slightly greater 1.5GB of RAM for users while offering the device in a similar 8 GB internal memory variant. However, similar to the Q1010i, there's the option to expand the device's memory with an external microSD slot present for additional memory.

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While the Xolo Q1010i juices up the Jelly Bean-powered device via a 2250 mAh battery, the HTC-made Desire 816 powers the device via a greater 2600 mAh battery.


The HTC-made Desire 816 has been currently priced at Rs 23,990 for aspiring customers, while the Xolo Q1010i has been priced at a lesser Rs. 13,499.


Going by the distinction between the prices of both the devices, it is only normal that the Xolo-made Q1010i will arrive with slightly lesser specifications than the Desire 816. However, if the prices of the devices are kept aside for the moment, the HTC Desire 816 is still a better deal than the Xolo device with its dedicated features and offerings.

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