HTC Desire 610 arrives to AT&T, just $200 outright

by: Andrew GrushJuly 25, 2014

HTC Desire 610 All Colors

There was a time when “budget” smartphone was practically a dirty word, as it meant that you’d likely end up with a piece of junk that could barely run Android. Thankfully, things have changed for the better in the last few years, especially with the introduction of devices like the Moto G. While Motorola’s budget handset still remains arguably the best phone for under $200, the HTC Desire 610 is a very close second and, starting today, you can grab the handset from AT&T (at least for now, only in dark gray) for just $200 outright or $.99 with a two-year contract.

While the Desire 610 has a much less impressive 4.7-inch qHD display, most of the remaining specs are either equal or better than the Moto G. Like the G, the Desire 610 is powered by a Snapdragon 400 CPU with 1GB RAM and offers 8GB storage. Unlike the standard Moto G, the handset has microSD with support for 128GB cards, LTE, HTC’s Boomsound front-facing speakers and an 8MP camera that should take better pics than the Moto G (at least in theory). Other specs include a 1.3MP front cam, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, a 2040 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 6.

Related: Best HTC Desire 610 cases.

To be fair, the Moto G LTE version has pretty much everything that the 610 has, with the exception of BoomSound and an 8MP cam, while offering a better (though slightly smaller) 720p display. On the other hand, the Moto G LTE is also slightly more expensive and we suspect there are folks that will prefer the design language of the Desire over the Moto G.

Long story short, the Desire 610 is a solid handset and is priced fairly for what you get, making in an excellent alternative to the Moto G for those that are on a tight budget. What do you think, anyone planning on picking this one up?

  • kota

    As it’s an AT&T phone, would this work on Straight Talk?

    • Mike

      Yes for sure as long as you use an art Sim card.

  • soldierblade

    Yes it will.

  • Jayfeather787

    Nice for the price.

    • Mystery Man

      Its not 720p and it costs more than the Moto G. No point.

      • geospa300

        Better camera, Mico SD card and you can actually here it ringing unlike the G= 3 points.

  • Alejandro Sanchez

    F this waiting for the desire 816 for virgin better specs and bigger screen than the 610

    • Soto

      Same here. I check daily to see if released yet.



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  • sy

    If you’re going to spend 200$ on a phone then why not save up another 150$ and get a Nexus 5. Better phone all around.

    • Bryce

      Where are you from? Is it normal there to put dollar signs after the number?

      • sy

        Did you just stop by to criticize how people talk or do you have something useful to say about the article?. And who cares if $ is before or after you still understood what I was saying. The other person did.

        • Bryce

          It wasn’t criticism, just a question. Calm down.

    • M3D1T8R

      Because that’s nearly twice as much $, a big difference for people on a budget who this is targeting.

      • sy

        I understand that it is a budget phone I’m just saying if you care about getting a great device for a good price then why not save up a bit more. Now if you don’t care about specs then this is the phone for you. I had to save for my Nexus 5. I almost got the moto g but figured that I’d save a bit more and get something better.

        • M3D1T8R

          Congrats. And I personally would rather save and buy a better device as well, and be happy with it for longer. But not everyone has that luxury. Some people can barely scrape together $200 for a device. On the other hand, some people would consider the Nexus 5 to be a budget phone as well, and would rather spend $600+ on a One M8 or Note 3 etc. Or they prefer a Moto X and are willing to pay more for it. Meanwhile a friend of mine got a Moto G after using a 5 year old Iphone for years, and for him it’s perfect and more than enough. Heck he didn’t even pay the extra $20 to get the 16GB version, for him the 8GB is plenty. For me the One M8 was nearly perfect but for two minor qualms: Overall device size just a couple mm wider and taller than I’d like, and the camera may be a little weak. I’m still happy enough with my DNA that I’ll wait another year if that’s what it takes to get my ideal device, and I’m willing to pay as much as $700 for it if it ever appears. Or I may get an M8 after all if the next few phones dissapoint and the price comes down. It all just depends on a person’s needs and wants as well as money constraints. We each have to find our own balance.

  • M3D1T8R

    Other than the front speakers and SD support, and maybe some camera features, the nearly two year old HTC DNA still seems better than this. Can get a good used one for around $150. Or you can spend a little more and get a new THL 5000 from China for $270, which is better just about all around other than no front speakers, and the SD only supports up to 32GB. And it has it’s massive 5Ah battery.
    What’s impressive about this 610 is they got front speakers into a body only about 2mm taller than the DNA (same width). Of course it has a smaller low res screen, maybe that’s how they managed it.