HTC’s speckly new Desires are pretty basic phones


HTC launched a bunch of new Desire smartphones during this year’s Mobile World Congress, but despite sporting a new freckly aesthetic inspired by “streetwear fashion” we’re not terribly impressed.

So far, HTC’s Desire phones haven’t been the most interesting of devices, mostly created to fill a need for those looking for mid-range, somewhat affordable devices. This time around they’ve unveiled the Desire 530, 630 and 825, with what they call a “micro splash effect” which peppers the phones with sprinkles of colour. Whether or not you actually like them, is pretty much a matter of taste.

However, its what’s ticking inside that makes the phones pretty basic. The Desire 530 to start has a quad-core 1.1Ghz Snapdragon 210 processor mated to 1.5GB RAM and 16GB storage expandable via MicroSD. It also has a 8 megapixel front and 5 megapixel rear camera combo, 2,200mAh battery and a 5 inch 720p display.

Next up is the Desire 630, which is about the same as the 530 but has a more punchy quad-core Snapdragon 400 mated to 2GB RAM, a 13 megapixel rear shooter and sports a dual SIM (nano) capabilities where the Desire 530 only has one SIM slot.

Last but not least is the Desire 825. Again, its roughly similar as the Desire 630, but has a bigger 5.5 inch 720p display, 2,700 mah battery and BoomSound stereo speakers. You also get a choice between single and dual-SIM variants, if you truly need more than one SIM.

All three devices will be running Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC Sense. No word exactly when it will be hitting the Malaysian market but they will be hitting the shelves starting March.

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So what do you think of HTC’s new Desires? let us know in the comments.