HTC has a new budget device for the US market. The HTC Desire 530, launched at MWC 2016 in February, is coming stateside for $179.
Pardon us if we don’t seem too excited about the Desire 530, but frankly there’s not a lot to be excited about here. The Desire 530’s most interesting feature is its micro-splash effect, or the tiny specks of color on the plastic back that are supposed to make each device “both personal and unique.”
This “streetwear inspired” design is matched by “standout features” like a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor (quad-core, 1.1GHz), 1.5GB of RAM, and 16GB of expandable storage. The display is 5-inch 720p and you also get 8MP and 5MP cameras, BoomSound profile (a.k.a. a built-in equalizer), and a “high quality amp”. Together, the latter two features should give you an above average music listening experience.
HTC will sell the white variant of the Desire 530 unlocked for $179 starting later this month. Should you buy it though? Seeing that these days you can buy a new LG G4 for the exact same price, it’s pretty hard to recommend it.