Review by Daryl Tan
HTC’s One series has more or less single-handedly kept the Taiwan brand in the game as it faces off serious competition, especially from Samsung. Even then, HTC hasn’t neglected the lower price range marketspace, which brings us to the HTC Desire 610. Bringing over its signature BoomSound feature, the Desire 610 looks to bring HTC’s premium features to the budget crowd.
HTC has more or less replicated the basic design of the HTC One, complete with the top and bottom BoomSound speakers. While not exactly as good as the One (M8)’s speakers, they still pretty much beat everything else at this price point. Unfortunately, the glossy plastics that HTC opted for is below my expectations, being an absolute grease and fingerprint magnet.
When even the Moto G has a HD screen (and a pretty good one to boot!), the qHD 960 x 540 resolution screen on the Desire 610 makes one wonder. While the text look decent, colours seemed muted. While not the worst display on the market, even for a budget device, I had hoped HTC could’ve done better.
Thanks to the quad-core Snapdragon processor, the Desire 610 ran smoothly, with nary a stutter. I could scroll even image heavy web pages with relative ease while navigating HTC’s Sense 6 skin felt painless and encouraging. While this mid-range smartphone won’t eat through the latest games, it does offer a good compromise for this price.
Long Lasting Snapper
The camera is more or less what you get for a budget device – that is to say just above average. Slightly. Images tend to turn out soft and lack detail, while night shots are hit and misses though it can be said they’re certainly not abysmal. With some good filters, it’s as good an Instagram camera as any. The biggest plus point for me is the battery that can easily last through a working day. What’s not to like?!
Dimensions: 70.5 x 143.1 x 9.6 mm
Weight: 143.5 g
Display: 4.7 inches, 960 x 540
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-core 1.2GHz
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Camera: 8MP autofocus with flash, 1.3MP front-facing camera
Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS up to HSDPA 7.2MBs
Ports: microSD up to 64GB, 3.5mm audio jack, micro USB
Verdict: A decent attempt at emulating the One.
Total Score: 7.6/10