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.

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.



1. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Snapdragon 210? I had no idea there was even a 200 series.

12. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

These look like old htc one m8 shells and older screen in it. How low end do they want to go? This better be priced below $199. At least make an attempt at 1080P screen to offer SOMETHING.

16. markm2179

Posts: 5; Member since: May 22, 2013

The HTC Desire 626s should be $130 outright on prepaid. Similar phones with similar specs on MetroPCS are priced $129 and with an instant rebate of $80 like the Samsung Galaxy Core Prime which is $49 and the Microsoft Lumia 640 is $39. They are going after a different market with these phones. These are low end phones that are needed in this market.

15. waddup121 unregistered

The budget

2. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Tall phone for their display. Those side bezels are thick or am I just nitpicking too much? Even Huawei's Honor 7 have much better specs for a budget phone.

10. HASHTAG unregistered

You're spot on about the bezels. They are insane.

3. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015


4. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

HTC.. You're already having a rough time getting a market share and u still have the guts to release pointless 'budget' phones?

5. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Storage up to 2TB.... are u serious??

7. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 2011

That's theoretically as per official specs, of course 200GB is the maximum you can get right now.

11. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

512GB by Microdia

6. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

HTC staff must be getting dizzy with their catalogue. The Desire 626 specs listed on this article have different CPU and rear camera with what they released last March:

8. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Snapdragon 210? Seriously these phones are so inferior to everything low-end right now.

9. unregistered

HTC don't like my money.

13. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

They don't want profit. They just like burning their investor's money and getting middle fingers.

14. rinque85

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Snapdragon 210 quadcore running on this $200+ phone is not acceptable! Should have used Snapdragon 610 or even the Snapdragon 410/415. Look at the Moto E and G, LCATEL ONETOUCH IDOL 3, Blu, and other. They are priced at $140-249 and have better specs. Another fail from HTC! No wonder they are going under.

17. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

At least you have a reason now to buy a moto phone instead of HTC :)

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.