HTC refreshes affordable Desire series with four new LTE phones: HTC Desire 626, 626s, 526 and 520 go official


HTC unveils three new affordable smartphones, bringing a big refresh of its HTC Desire line-up. The new phones are all powered by the Snapdragon 210 system chip and run on Android 5.1 Lollipop with HTC Sense on top. The new members of the Desire series are made out of plastic and come in some interesting color combinations, plus they feature the signature for HTC dual grills up front that make them stand out in the crowd.

The names of the new phones are HTC Desire 626s and Desire 626, as well as the HTC Desire 526 and Desire 520, with the main difference between them being in screen size and internal storage. The whole lineup also comes with an 8-megapixel main camera capable of recording 720p video. All phones come with 2,000mAh batteries.

With all this in mind, let's take a closer look at each one of these handsets.

HTC Desire 626s, 626

The HTC Desire 626s and Desire 626 both feature a 5-inch HD display (720 x 1280 pixels) and the exact same physical dimensions: 146.9 x 70.9 x 8.19 mm. The two phones come in a variety of color options: Marshmallow White, Gray Lava, Blue Lagoon, Marine White, and White Birch.

In terms of specifications, the Snapdragon 210 system chip inside them features a quad-core CPU with four Cortex A7 cores running at up to 1.1GHz. This configuration powers Android 5.1 Lollipop with HTC Sense 7, and the skin brings extensive customization options including HTC Themes, BlinkFeed, and Sense Home.

The HTC Desire 626 is a bit of a higher-end affair with its 16GB of internal storage and 1.5GB of RAM, plus it has a 5-megapixel front-facing cam for selfies, while the Desire 626s features a fairly limited 8GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM and a 2-megapixel selfie cam. Both support expandable storage via microSD cards, and are identical in all other areas.

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HTC Desire 526

Moving down in size, the HTC Desire 526 is a phone with a 4.7-inch qHD (540 x 960 pixels) display with a thicker, 9.9mm body. It runs on the Snapdragon 210 system chip with the quad-core CPU clocked at 1.1GHz as well, but it does offer a larger-than-average 1.5GB of RAM.

The main gripe here is the limited 8GB of internal storage, but luckily you can expand that via microSD cards of up to 2TB. 

HTC Desire 520

The Desire 520 is the most affordable in the lineup: a phone with a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480 x 854 pixels) display, the same Snapdragon 210 SoC with the CPU clocked at up to 1.1GHz, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded via microSD cards.

Release date and price

The new HTC Desire 626, HTC Desire 626s, HTC Desire 526 and HTC Desire 520 are made for the United States market and will be offered in multiple color versions. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless will be offering them, and they will also be available in pre-paid form from Boost Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Sprint Prepaid, Tracfone and Virgin Mobile USA. We expect to hear more about the exact versions that will be available soon, and prices should also be unveiled in the near future, but one thing is certain - these new phones will be affordable.

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