HTC Desire 610 hands-on

Just yesterday, news broke out about the upcoming HTC Desire 610 for AT&T, which increasingly became more interesting after it was known that the phone would be sporting a no-contract price of $200. Well, we managed to get our first hands-on look at the smartphone during AT&T’s Holiday Showcase event held in New York City. The HTC One M8 continues to be making a lot of waves, but you’ll be surprised by how the HTC Desire 610 bears some similarities – at a cheaper price point though.


Right off the bat, we can’t help but to mention how it looks exactly like HTC’s current flagship phone in the HTC One M8, but it’s sporting an all-plastic construction instead. We know, the material isn’t as premium as the former, but heck, we have to say that it comes off swell here, as its polished plastic casing recreates the iconic looks of the One M8's look and feel. Indeed, the transition to plastic makes the phone significantly lighter – a common expected outcome. At the end of the day, the humbler design of the Desire 610 is something we appreciate, especially when it’s sporting a solid construction.


Visually, the phone’s design earns HTC some high marks for recreating the distinct styling of its flagship, but there’s a compromise somewhere – and in this case, it’s with the display. Outfitted with a smaller 4.7-inch 540 x 960 (qHD) display, there’s no arguing that it’s of lower quality. Not solely for its detail, but also for its washed out tones and weak viewing angles. However, when it’s viewed directly from a 90-degree angle, we’re able to make out everything without fault – though, at a slight angle, we begin to see the elements of its inferiority.


Not surprisingly, the HTC Desire 610 follows in the same footsteps as other recent HTC smartphones – so it’s running the latest Sense 6.0 UI on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. Naturally, the visuals are all too familiar to the eye, but unlike the HTC One M8, it doesn’t feature any of those Motion Launch gestures we’ve come to rely on when the phone is locked. Still, we can’t complain seeing that it still continues to be one of the more alluring and practical customized Android experiences.

Processor and Memory

Armed with a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM, it’s able to pull off basic tasks with no fluff at all. Despite that, we can only imagine that things might sputter with more processor intensive things – like gaming or heavy multi-tasking.

With only 8GB of internal memory, it’s comforting to know that there’s a handy microSD card slot placed on one of its sides to supplement its capacity.


Some people will adore the change, others might scratch their heads wondering why, but instead of packing along a Duo Camera of some kind, the HTC Desire 610 bears a single 8-megapixel camera with LED flash. One of the biggest complaints about HTC’s Ultrapixel camera is its inability to deliver details, but who knows how much better things will get with this 8-megapixel camera – until we check out samples for ourselves, of course.


The biggest thing going for the HTC Desire 610 is its hard-to-beat no-contract price of $200 – it’s just cheap for a plastic constructed version of the HTC One M8. How can we not be excited by that alone? Well, until we put it through its paces, it’s questionable how much value it has to offer in the end. Regardless of that, it’s one of those phones that’s aiming to be a fantastic backup phone, or possibly a decent daily driver for those who don’t really need all of the bells and whistles.

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Desire 610
  • Display 4.7" 480 x 854 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2040 mAh(15.8h 3G talk time)



1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

T-mobile, of you don't get the 816 I'm gonna throw a n*gga fit! I need a new phone for college this fall and don't wanna be out more than $400 and that is the only phone that meets my need in that price range...

2. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Xiaomi Mi 3 or 4, Oppo Find 7a, Sony Xperia T2, ZTE Nubia Z7 Mega or Mini...

8. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Xiaomi is not a brand I'm familliar with, Oppo's Find 7a has terrible battery life, the T2 is too big, and I've had terrible experiences with ZTE in the past and will never trust them again... I want the phone due to HTC Sense's universal high end feel and the front firing speakers, as well as that mad selfie shooter in the front.

3. hurrycanger

Posts: 1761; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Does the Xperia Z Ultra meet your need (size may be too big)? It has Snap800, 1080p, NFC and stuff. The Google Play Edition (LTE) can be bought for $350 through some retailer. I saw an article about it on Android Police a few days ago. Not sure if it's still in stock though.

4. PryvateiDz

Posts: 443; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I want the HTC Desire 816 too. But no one even knows if it's coming to the US. It was said to go to places like India, Honk Kong, etc. But there has been no info of when or if it'll be coming here. But it was supposedly confirmed for Sprint by the FCC.

5. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Its not available in India also. God knows what HTC is trying to do. Just announcing new devices but where are THOSE devices? HTC, dont cry out loud when you incur losses. Profit can be generated only when you SELL your devices... Where are those devices? Idiot HTC..

6. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

I have an Samsung Ativ S Neo coming from ebay that was a great price.. I was leaning towards this & going to return my Moto G LTE, I think I am wanting to go back to WP now again & hopefully will like the Samsung. I was thinking of wanting to try HTC again though. My thing with this is. Why the heck did they make it so much bigger then it needs to be! It's taller then the S5, which has a 5.1 inch screen!. Ahh it's always something w these devices right haha.

7. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

816 available in Pakistan.

9. thartist

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 14, 2014


10. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

Avail now ! I already ordered to try & should have it before the official launch on the 25th.

11. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

This phone is surprisingly pretty bad! Already returning it. My review is on Amazon :)

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