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HTC Desire 530 first impressions: adding a splash of colour to the brand's budget lineup

|March 1 2016 |Android Phones, HTC Mobiles, HTC, First impressions, MWC 2016

“HTC’s budget Desire 530 looks like a interesting little smartphone, and features a new microsplash design”

While the initial brouhaha around expected big-ticket smartphone launches at MWC 2016 did point towards a new flagship from HTC, the Taiwanese brand didn’t really have one to show. Instead, the Taiwanese brand showcased the metal-clad One X9 Dual SIM (first impressions) and outed a trio of Desire smartphones to add on to its portfolio. The new Desire range, which includes the Desire 530, Desire 630 and Desire 825, boasts an interesting micro splash design involving speckles of paint on the rear panels, and since the splashes aren’t uniform, HTC says each of these phones looks slightly different than another unit of the same model. Let’s get to know the entry-level Desire 530 a little better… check out a few pics and our hands on video embedded below.

To give you a quick rundown of the specs, the Desire 530 comes with a 5-inch 720p display, and is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor clocked at 1.1GHz. There’s 1.5GB RAM, along with 16GB expandable internal storage. The camera department comprises an 8-meg rear, and a 5MP shooter up front, while a 2,200mAh battery provides the juice. On the software side, the phone runs Android Marshmallow, with HTC’s Sense UI on top, complete with Blinkfeed and a vertically-scrolling app drawer.


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