HTC might not have had a flagship level product to show off at MWC 2016, but that didn’t stop them from unveiling a trio of new Desire products this week. While hanging out with HTC we had the opportunity to get our hands on the HTC Desire 530, a mid-range budget smartphone aimed at casual users and those who want a phone that “just works”.

What does the Desire 530 have to offer? Let’s take a quick look.

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The first thing you’ll notice is that the Desire 530, and all its new Desire brethren, stick to the same signature design phone in previous Desire phones, complete with slightly rounded corners, sides, and a dual-speaker grill on the top and bottom. One design aspect that is different however is the presence of a bunch of paint speckles on the back, in what HTC is calling ‘microsplash’. The cool thing here is this isn’t a preset pattern, so each and every Desire model with this backing will look at least a little bit different. You can even customize things further with colorful lanyard loops and cases that have microsplash patterning as well.


As for what’s under the hood? You’ll see pretty typical entry-level specs here including a 5-inch 720p LCD display, a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210, 1.5GB RAM, 16GB storage with microSD, an 8MP rear cam, 5MP front cam, and a non-removable 2200 mAh battery.

If you like the design of the Desire 530 but are looking for something with a bit more meat, the Desire 630 offers the same aesthetics but upgrades things a bit thanks to its 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with 2GB RAM. The phone also offers a better 13MP main cam, and its dual-speakers support hi-res audio.


Obviously neither of these phones are the most powerful in the world, but they are designed for people that aren’t overly concerned with specs, and just need a phone that handles the basics with ease, while bringing a unique style that reflects their own.

Both the Desire 530 and the Desire 630 run on Android 6.0 marshmallow with Sense UI on top, which offers a familiar experience for anyone who has used an HTC device in recent history. All the HTC features you’d expect are here including a vertical scrolling app drawer, HTC’s Blink feed, and the overall typically clean experience Sense brings to the table.

That’s it for this quick hands on look! The Desire 530 is expected to arrive this March, though exact pricing or even launch markets have yet to be announced. Given the specs, we imagine this should be highly affordable and competitively priced with other devices in the budget-friendly space, though we’ll be sure to update you when we know more.

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  • b

    Phone with Snapdragon 210 is “mid-range”? What are you- FUCKING IDIOTS?

    • Yes, Entry-Level mid-range. Its for people who just want to use Mobile for Internet Browsing, Photos and Calls… So, I think 210 is perfect for this phone. However, they aren’t sure of price

      • b

        Another fucking moron… SD 210- low range. SD 410- entry mid range. SD 615- mid range. SD 820- flagship… It’s that simple. No matter how many RAM or what camera they’ll use- processor is most important thing…

        • i_say_uuhhh

          Maybe you should tone down your offensive language on here. It’s not worth it for a dumb chip that probably won’t matter to you as you are not going to buy the phone.

          • b

            Maybe you can come to suck my dick… Or even better- send your wife to blow me…

          • i_say_uuhhh

            Just trying to talk to you in an intelligent way. If you want to act like a little kid that’s fine. Let me know when you can be an adult and have a mature discussion.

        • Syukri Lajin

          qualcomm made the naming pretty simple, and yet htc failed to understand it. lol.

    • nebulaoperator

      One stops saying true and muddy waters, is silent or just “correct” which is basically withholding true. Gadget prostitutes. There are very few decent tech reviewers around that usually get nothing from OEM’s but tells damn honest things about phones these days.


    Looks like someone sprayfarted their butthurt on the back of the phone

  • i_say_uuhhh

    Are they still making the 8 series? I bought a Desire 816 I believe about 2 years ago and it was really snappy, the camera not so great but the audio of the speakers were great. I recently let it go since I had my 6P and played with it for a while and was surprised by how fast that phone is, it’s just slightly but barely noticeable slower than my 6P.

  • SaRPeR

    HTC needs to fix that ugly UI first before making any more phones.

  • rc1138

    Is it really 400? I mean the same CPU clocked at 1.6 Ghz was in xiaomi redmi 1s two years ago

    • abqnm

      It’s even worse than the Desire 626 from last year. The 626 had a Snapdragon 410 or MediaTek 6752. The 410 version was 1.2GHz quad core, but at least it used the more powerful a53 cores. And the MediaTek version had 8 a53 cores at 1.7GHz!


      Check out our new and improved Desire 630! We improved it by using a slower CPU from 2013 so you can have half the performance at the same price! We even added glitter to the plastic!

      And HTC wonders why it’s having so many troubles.

  • benoita74

    I thought it was a typo when I saw Snapdragon 210…
    Pretty sure the 50$ Doogee X5 has a more powerful processor

    • abqnm

      It’s the 210. So it’s quad core instead of dual core. Unless the phone sells for $69, it’s freaking ridiculous.

      And the 630 is even worse than the 626 it’s replacing. The 626 had either a SD410 or a MediaTek 6752. The 410 had 4 1.2GHz a53 cores and the MTK has 8 a53 cores at 1.7GHz! The 400 uses ancient Cortex-A7 cores.

      I guess they couldn’t afford to use the newer processors when they must have spent all that money on making the glittery cases.

  • ascend

    HTC black bar returns! Noooooooooo..
    HTC really needs to put its logo on both front and back panel. Maybe to remind their employee to bring HTC phone at work :P

  • Karly Johnston

    HTC just doesn’t get it… garbage like this is why they fail.

  • Stanley TheKidd

    Is the display IPS?

  • Ridiculously low specs. Junk.

  • Rob

    Ugh. The back of that thing looks like it was made out of recycled plastic picnic tables.

  • aaloo

    looks good.

  • Semianonymous

    So unless these guys are like 100-150 max, what’s the point? The Moto G offers the same 5in 720p display with front facing speakers, a 13mp camera, 2gigs of RAM, expandable storage, a better processor than either model offers, a bigger battery and almost stock Android.

  • seb

    Meh I just bought one for 150.. I like HTC and it was cheap enough!!