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HTC Desire 310 Review

HTC Desire 310

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Introduction


The dual SIM Desire 310 is seemingly intended to help HTC surge into the lower-cost segment, though its price tag of $220 in the US kind of disagrees with that notion and puts it into the mid-range tier. But no matter, the jury is still out on whether the 310 is enough of a phone to warrant what is a rather steep price tag. And that jury is us.

Let's take a look.

In the box:

  • Wall charger
  • In-ear headphones
  • microUSB cable

Design

Uninspired, cookie-cutter design that screams “disposable”.

As soon as one gazes upon the HTC Desire 310, all is told. It has the bearing of an entry-level, low-cost device, and its design and overall looks do not simply reinforce that notion – they're making the statement itself. The 310, which tips the scales at 4.94 oz (140 g), has that cookie-cutter, rounded slab look, with a chubby profile that measures in at 0.44 inches (11.25 mm). It is solidly-made, and has pleasantly rounded corners that our hands readily agree with. The matted polycarbonate back is also welcome, as it repels fingerprints with a decent degree of success.

Both the power button and the volume rocker have taken to the right side of the device, and though they're ergonomically placed, they offer unsatisfying tactile feedback and poor travel.


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display

One of the very worst displays we've seen, even in this price range.

A 4.5-inch glass with a resolution of 480x854 pixels is what you'll have to make do with as far as the Desire 310 is concerned. The IPS panel manages a pixel density of 218 ppi, which is not impressive, but not terrible for its class either.

What's terrible about the screen is its extremely cold color temperature of almost 19,000K, which results in some very bluish whites and grays. What's more, color reproduction is completely off, with pretty much every primary or secondary color showing sometimes downright critical discrepancies between target and actual colors. This issue is especially noticeable with green, magenta, and cyan.

Last but not least, the Desire 310's display is absolutely unsuited for use outdoors in conditions other than murky, overcast weather. Its peak brightness of just 288 nits is just poor, even in this class.





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PhoneArena rating:
4Average
Display4.5 inches, 480 x 854 pixels (218 ppi)
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
MediaTek, Quad-core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
Size5.21 x 2.68 x 0.44 inches
(132.44 x 68.03 x 11.25 mm)
4.94 oz  (140 g)

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