The HTC Desire 610 is HTC mid-range smartphone, a less expensive sibling to the flagship HTC One M8 and the successor to the HTC Desire 601. With a 4.7 inch display screen, good design, front facing speakers and camera it is got lots going for it, however it falls down when it comes to display screen and processing power. Here is our full HTC Desire 610 review.
HTC Desire 610: Design
All HTC smartphones are beginning to look very a lot the same, and the HTC Desire 610 copies this now familiar look with dual frontal BoomSound speakers situated behind grilles mounted above and below the display screen. It is a good look, and one of the reasons for HTC’s recent recovery in gross sales and profitability. The smartphone is quite ergonomic, with a flat back and gently rounded corners and edges making it simple to grip.
The HTC Desire 610 lacks the metallic body and ultraslim design of the luxurious HTC One M8, reducing costs by using plastic. It is by no means a bad look, but it is a bit of chunkier than we would like and surprisingly heavy too. The smartphone is offered in a range of colors.
HTC Desire 610: Display
The HTC Desire 610 4.7 inch display screen gives a 960×540 pixel resolution, resulting in a pixel density of 234 pixels per inch (ppi). That is really rather disappointing, even with its affordable price. The 4G Moto G’s 4.5 inch display screen has a 720p display screen, with a pixel density of 326ppi.
The display screen, unsurprisingly, is not very crisp. Icon edges and text do not have the same clarity you would find on the Motorola Moto G, or indeed the full-HD HTC One M8. Whereas it is extra affordable than its flagship brother, the HTC Desire 610 really is not low-cost enough for this low a resolution to be acceptable.
It is not a very bright display screen either. Even under moderately bright lighting conditions I found myself staring back at the reflection of my own face. Under vivid outside daylight, it is an even larger problem. It does at least have decent, natural colors, however if you want to experience a Netflix movie at its best, find a darkened room to enjoy it in.
HTC Desire 610: Camera
We do not really have any complaints about the camera on the HTC Desire 610. The rear camera is an 8 MP beastie with a BSI sensor for improved low-light performance. It can record Full HD 1080p video. It will give typically good efficiency for a camera phone under most lighting conditions, and should be ok for many users.
The front camera is intended for use for selfies and video calls. It uses a 1.3 megapixel BSI sensor and may record HD 720p video.
HTC Desire 610: Software
The HTC Desire 610 runs Android 4.4 (KitKat) with HTC Sense 6 on top. Which means that it is running on the version of Android, with all the latest features. HTC Sense offers minimal customisation, however it does include BlinkFeed on the home display screen, providing a dynamic feed of all of your social media updates and interactions. You may see what is new at a look, and it is a practical tool as well as good eye-candy.
HTC Desire 610: Battery
Once again the HTC Desire 610 fails to live up to our high expectations when it comes to battery life. The 2,040 mAh battery is underpowered for a phone of this type and battery life is likely to be around ten hours of continuous use.
HTC Desire 610: Specification
- OS: Android 4.4
- Body: 143.1 x 70.5 x 9.6 mm
- Weight: 143.5 g
- Display: 540 x 960 pixels , 4.7 inch
- Memory: 8 GB internal, 128 expandable, 1 GB RAM
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
- Camera: 8 MP, 1.3 MP secondary
- Battery: 2,040 mAh
HTC Desire 610: Verdict
Competition is fierce on this a part of the smartphone market and there are better choices at even lower costs than the HTC Desire 610.
While it does deliver in its vary of options, the Motorola Moto G betters it in almost every way with a superior display, better battery life and equally profitable software. The LG G2 Mini also provides a better overall compromise at the same price.
The HTC Desire 610 has some of the finest build quality and arguably one of the best software out there at this worth as well as a smooth and fluid interface, however that is not sufficient in the end to make it a truly compelling device.