The Taiwanese tech giant HTC recently launched its latest mid-range Android smartphone, the Desire 626 in its home market. The 4G LTE-enabled phone has been priced pretty aggressively at around Rs 12,000. The smartphone support’s India’s LTE band 3 (1,800MHz spectrum), which will roll out in the country later this year. HTC is expected to launch the device in India sooner than later, since 4G LTE-enabled smartphones in the country are getting popular. The phones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G, Lenovo A6000, and YU Yureka are having successful weekly sales in the country, and the HTC Desire 626 is expected to join them soon.
Apart from offering 4G LTE at an affordable price tag, the Desire 626 also brings an octa-core processor under the hood. If you are waiting for the handset to reach Indian shores, then let’s have a quick look on the features of the phone.
Key features of the octa-core mid-range smartphone:
Design & Display:
The HTC Desire 626 resembles with the Desire 816 in terms of design. The smartphone offers dual front-facing speakers for immersive media experience. The phone features a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, encased in a plastic, but durable chassis. The device will be released in attractive dark blue and white variants. Overall, the Desire 626 offers premium design and a decent display in its price range. The handset is also compatible with HTC’s DotView cases.
Under the hood, the Desire 626 carries a 64-bit 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, which is 4G LTE-enabled. The performance is further enhanced by one gigabyte of RAM, and a 2,000mAh battery, which the brand claims to offer a whopping 30 hours of talk time and up to 761 hours of standby time when connected to a 3G network.
On the software front, the HTC Desire 626 offers unspecified version of Android, most likely Android 4.4 KitKat. It is loaded with HTC’s sense UI on top, which offers an optimised user interface experience. Its hardware indicates that the phone will get Android 5.0 Lollipop update, and the brand’s upcoming Sense 7 UI based on Google’s Material Design in the coming months. In addition, the phone is loaded with the usual HTC software goodies like BlinkFeed news aggregator, HTC Zoe camera app, and more.
Connectivity and Storage:
Apart from support for 4G LTE networks, the HTC Desire 626 offers the regular array of connectivity options. It comes with 3G, Wi-Fi, micro-USB, Bluetooth 4.0, and A-GPS connectivity features. Storage needs are taken care by 16GB of inbuilt memory, which can be further expanded up to a whopping 128GB by inserting a microSD card.
At the rear, the HTC Desire 626 houses an impressive 13MP camera that offers autofocus, an LED flash, geo-tagging, touch-focus, Panorama, and Face Detection features. It is capable of recording full-HD videos at 30 frames per second. On the front, the Desire 626 has a selfie friendly 5MP snapper, which is also capable of recording 1080p quality videos.
In sub-12,000 price range, the HTC Desire 626 packs an impressive set of specifications. For performance hungry users, the octa-core processor delivers smooth gaming experience. It doesn’t misses out anything you expect from a smartphone in this range. If launched with aggressive pricing, the Desire 626 will offer a stiff competition to the other budget-friendly 4G LTE and octa-core SoC-powered smartphones in India. If rumours are to be believed, there’s an octa-core MediaTek processor powered variant of the Desire 626 is also in the pipeline. It will be interesting to see which variant of the phone HTC launches in India.
The author is an expert in mobile technology and loves to write about different handsets launched. He has listed the specifications HTC Desire 626 for the readers to make an informed buying decision