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HTC Desire 828 vs OnePlus One

HTC Desire 828 is new and offers good features but OnePlus One despite being a older smartphone looks like a better device.

The HTC Desire 828 is priced at Rs 19,990 and it faces a stiff competition from OnePlus One (64 GB), which is available for Rs 19,999. Let us see which one of these devices offer the maximum value for money.

Design

The OnePlus One is made with a simple polycarbonate shell with silver accents and thin bezels all around. The signature look of the OnePlus One is due to the sandstone back cover but you can also change its back panel to many other types including one made of bamboo. The OnePlus One measures 153 x 76 x 8.9 mm, and weighs 162 grams.
HTC Desire 828 vs OnePlus One
HTC Desire 828 vs OnePlus One
The HTC Desire 828 looks like a typical HTC phone, with white splashed around boldly, and a dull metal surround. The bezels are fairly narrow, and the phone measures 157.7 x 78.9 x 7.9 mm and weighs 148 grams, making it larger, but slimmer and lighter than the OnePlus One.

Display

The HTC Desire 828 has a 5.5 inch full HD IPS display. While the OnePlus One has a full HD 5.5 inch LTPS displays.

Processor & Memory

The OnePlus One is equipped with the Snapdragon 801 – a quad-core 32-bit processor clocked at 2.5 GHz, which runs with 3 GB of RAM. The storage stands at 64 GB (16 GB for Rs 16,999) which cannot be expanded.

The HTC Desire 828 runs a MediaTek MT6753 processor, it is an octa-core unit which is clocked at 1.5 GHz and runs with 2 GB of RAM. The internal storage of the HTC Desire 828 stands at 16 GB, to which you can add another 2 TB via a microSD card.

The OnePlus One runs last year’s flagship processor, but it certainly will outrun the HTC phone thanks to the extra speed and 1 GB RAM advantage.

Software

The HTC Desire 828 runs on Android Lollipop, with HTC’s Sense UI 6. Sense UI adds a lot of social media integration.

The OnePlus One runs OnePlus’ own OS titled Oxygen, which is based on Android Lollipop and offers almost the default Android UI.

Battery

The HTC Desire 828 has a battery of 2800 mAh, while the OnePlus One has a 3100 mAh battery.

The OnePlus One wins purely on size.

Camera

The OnePlus One has a very capable 13 megapixel primary camera, with a host of features such as dual-LED flash, auto-focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR, an aperture of f/2.0, and video recording at 2160p at 30 fps. The front of the phone has a 5 megapixel unit.

The HTC Desire 828 has a 13 megapixel camera with autofocus, an aperture of f/2.2, BSI sensor, and optical image stabilisation, flash, and video recording. The front of the phone has a 4 megapixel UltraPixel camera.

Both these phones have similar cameras, while the HTC has optical image stabilisation, so it might have better low light ability. However, we will wait for a real world test to call a final verdict.

Connectivity

The OnePlus One is armed with 4G, GPS (with A-GPS and GLONASS), WiFi (with WiFi direct and hotspot), and Bluetooth 4.1.

The HTC Desire 828 is a dual-SIM phone with 4G, GPS (with A-GPS and GLONASS), WiFi (with WiFi direct, hotspot, DLNA), and Bluetooth 4.1.

The HTC Desire 828 is a dual-SIM phone, and therein lays all the difference in this round.

Wrapping up

This is a very difficult one to call. The HTC counter attacks very well in almost all the rounds, and goes toe to toe for most. Alas, the 2 GB of RAM has let it down, as the OnePlus One with 3 GB RAM looks a better gaming phone. The OnePlus One might not be the best looker, but for us, the sheer performance it offers makes it the winner.

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