[MWC 2016]: HTC refreshes its mid-range lineup with the new Desire 530, 630 and 825 smartphones

“The new Desire 530, 630 and 825 will go on sale in key markets in March this year”

Taiwanese electronics manufacturer HTC today launched the One X9 , as well as three new additions to its Desire series of smartphones, dubbed the Desire 530, 630 and the 825, targeting the mid-range market and laying emphasis on the design aspect of these models. The new Desire series phones have been inspired by the urban street wear fashion, said the company.

Using a specially created micro splash effect on the polycarbonate shell, the company claims to have crafted smartphones that are both unique and personal. HTC has also created two-tone snap on cases, designer lanyards and over 25,000 themes that change the device’s colour scheme and background based on the user’s favourite photos. Leaving the design aspect aside, let’s take a quick look at what each of these smartphones has to offer.

Desire 530

HTC Desire 530 The HTC Desire 530 is the most basic model that the company has to offer, running Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC Sense UI on top , and aimed at the affordable segment.  It is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 SoC clocked at 1.1Ghz and clubbed with 1.5GB of RAM. The smartphone sports a 5-inch HD resolution (294ppi) Super LCD display, encased in a 8.3mm body. It features 16GB of internal storage with an option to use memory cards of up to 2TB capacity, and the usual connectivity options such as Bluetooth v4.1, Wi-Fi and A-GPS, GLONASS and ambient light, proximity and motion G-sensors.
Depending on the market region, the phone would also offer NFC connectivity and / or 4G LTE network support. The single nano-SIM device carries an 8MP BSI sensor with autofocus and f/2.4 aperture, and a 5MP front facing BSI sensor with f/2.8 aperture and HDR, auto selfie and voice selfie modes. It is powered by a 2,200mAh battery that comes with a software-assisted Extreme Power Saving Mode. Additional features include the HTC BoomSound profile for headsets. The Desire 530 would be available in two colour variants, the Graphite Grey and Solid Stratus White.

Desire 630

HTC Desire 630 In dimensions, sensors and display specifications, The HTC Desire 630 mimics the Desire 530 exactly, measuring 146.9 x 70.9 x 8.3mm and offers a 5inch HD Super LCD display.

However, under the hood, it is powered by the more powerful quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC clocked at 1.6GHz paired with 2GB of RAM. The dual-SIM smartphone supports CDMA and 4G LTE networks (region dependent), runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with HTC Sense UI, and features 16GB internal storage with the option to use memory cards of up to 2TB capacity via the microSD card slot. The phone is Hi-Res Audio certified and comes with both HTC BoomSound audio profile and Dolby Audio for a richer and more dynamic music experience. There’s a 13MP BSI Sensor with autofocus and f/2.4 aperture on the back whereas the front facing camera is the same 5MP BSI module found on the Desire 530. Both the front and rear cameras are capable of recording full HD resolution videos. The smartphone is powered by a 2,200mAh battery. The Desire 630 would be available in two colour variants, Stratus White Remix with duo colour micro splash and Graphite Gray Remix with gold micro splash.

Desire 825

HTC Desire 825

The HTC Desire 825 is the biggest of the three models, with a screen measuring 5.5-inches flaunting an HD Super LCD display, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.   The smartphone draws its firepower from a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC clocked at 1.6GHz, which is paired with 2GB of RAM. It also features 16GB internal storage, which can be expanded up to 2TB using the microSD card slot. It will be available in single and dual-SIM variants with support for 4G LTE networks, depending on the sale regions. The smartphone also supports motion launch and comes with an HTC Sensor Hub, an always on feature that records user activity, gestures and dynamic movement, providing real-time stats that can be automatically linked to some of the most popular fitness tracking applications available on the Google Play Store.

The rear shooter is a 13MP BSI sensor with autofocus and f/2.2 aperture, and the front facing snapper uses a 5MP BSI sensor with f/2.8 aperture, both shooters supporting full HD recording. The phone is powered by a 2,700mAh battery, which supports fast charging functionality.

Just like the Desire 630, the Desire 825 would be available in two colour variants, Stratus White Remix with duo color micro splash and Graphite Gray Remix with gold micro splash. The Desire 825 is also Hi-Res Audio certified. In select regions, both the smartphones will also come bundled with a Hi-res headset that delivers high fidelity music straight out of the box.

HTC is yet to reveal the price and exact availability details of the Desire 530, Desire 630 and Desire 825. However, the brand did reveal that they will go on sale in key markets in March this year.

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