HTC Desire 728 vs Moto G (3rd Gen)

After launching the highly criticized lookalike of iPhone 6, HTC plans on unveiling a new Desire smartphone in the Indian market. Dubbed as HTC Desire 728, the new phone has no official launch date, but as per recent rumors, it will soon come to India at a price running around19k. The mid-range smartphone segmentis already too expansive, and it will be very interesting to see how the highly speculated member of Desire series goes against the finest player in the market- Moto G3.

We all know, Moto G3 is a smartphone that can give smartphones a run for their money. The phone looks incredibly well crafted, and offers a perfect union of top-tier hardware and software. So, let’s have a look on the detailed of spec sheet of both phones, and see which comes at the top!


From the days offirst ever Moto G, Motorola has given key attention on the design aspect of its smartphones.The company has unveiled some sensational beauties, and now, after two years success, it has unleashed a meticulously crafted version of Moto G. The new Moto G3 flaunts an incredible design with a textured rear panel. The long-cut in the back houses the camera equipment, and on whole, the look and feel of this phone looks far better than smartphones rolling with the same old-school design.

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The design of HTC Desire 728 is simply amazing.The new device flaunts a sturdy plastic body, and the same HTC-type design language that has been coming with the older Desire lineup.It packs dual front-facing stereo speakers, and lookslightly bigger than Moto G3 due to its humongous 5.5-inch display.There no waterproofing capabilities as well.


The display on new Moto G3 is not a major upgrade. The device gives a vivid and crisp visual experience, but sticks with the same 720p panel as seen onits predecessor. Outdoor visibility could have been better, but again it’s very usable with rich colors and perfect viewing angles.On whole, viewing experience is quite good, but with full-HD in competition, the display panel of this handset looks slightly weaker.

As for HTC Desire 728, things are even weaker. The device combines a 720p IPS display with a mammoth screen-size of 5.5-inch. It gives a decent visual experience, but with new kids on the block, there nothing to praise in the display department.


The hardware equipped with Moto G3 is quite impressive. The device powers up by a quad-core Snapdragon 410 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz coupled with Adreno 306 GPU. It packs enormous power for work and play, and also includes a major upgrade of 2GB RAM for buttery smooth and glitch-free multi-tasking.In a nutshell, it packs more of a balanced hardware and performs far better than budget players rolling in the market. It won’t be a performance monster, but will be good enough to cater all your need perfectly.

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HTC Desire 728, on the other hand, features a MediaTek MT6753 chipset with eight cores clocked at 1.3GHz coupled with 2 gigs of RAM. The chipset of this handset is slightly better, but again, it’s a MediaTek, and you might see some performance hiccups while running high-end games such as Asphalt 8 or NOVA 3.


On the software front, Motorola boasts off a clean and easy-to-use Android-5.1.1 Lollipop-based interface with a slew of utility apps. The UI of this handset looks far better than what comes with other smartphones, and is really clean and impressive. It works perfectly and handles multi-tasking quite effectively.

For HTC Desire 728, the confusion lies between Android 5.1.1 and 5.0.2 Lollipop. The china-variant of this device runs Android 5.1.1 with HTC Sense, while the retailer, who recently leaked the specs and pricing of this hands proudly touts Android 5.0.2. It will be Android Lollipop with HTC Sense for sure, but the exact version is still unknown.


Motorola Moto G Gen 3 features a nice camera setup with a 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. It packs the same sensor from Nexus 6, and delivers color rich and vibrant images in daylight as well as lowlight conditions. You can capture crystal 1080p videos, and can take brilliant selfie with utmost perfection.

HTC Desire 728 also combines a 13-megapixel rear and an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter.It’s a nice package for photography enthusiasts, but considering its hefty price tag, few more pixels on both ends would have been much better.


The battery of Moto G Gen 3 has been upgraded to 2,470mAh, but it is still not par with HTC Desire 728 and other smartphones rolling in the market.It offers sufficient juice for work and play, but on heavy usage, you might not get anything more than 10 hours of charge.However, with the highly rumored HTC Desire 728, the thing is absolutely different. The upcoming HTC handset boasts a bigger 2800mAh battery, and offers better support for work and play. Web surfing and music streaming will be a lot better on this device.


In India, Moto G Gen 3 16GB comes at a price tag of Rs. 12,999. The device packs a great deal, and is available exclusively via Flipkart. On the contrary, the upcoming HTC Desire 728 is rumored to show up with a hefty price tag of Rs. 17,990.For a phone with midcoredesign and specs, such pricing is not a great move from HTC.

Final Verdict

The never ending battle between smartphones goes bigger when HTC and Motorola battle it out with their finest smartphones. But here, we’re quite definitive that Motorola Moto G Gen 3 is a better choice over the overpriced HTC Desire 728s.

If Desire 728is launched at a price around 19k, it would be the worst deal ever for any smartphone buyer. However, if things go better, and this phone is launched at a price around 13 or even 14k, then HTC will surely give a hard time to Motorola as well as other smartphone manufacturers.

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