Introduction


One of the biggest surprises in the area of the mobile scene this year is the war that’s been waging in the entry-level segment – you know, phones that are priced below $200. Taking into account that carriers have totally ditched the subsidy model that we’ve all been accustomed to following, it’s going to be even more crucial for phones to really show that they have a ton of value for the money. Even though it’s been a tough year for HTC, the Taiwan-based company is always continuing to diversify its robust portfolio. This time, here comes the HTC Desire 626. Knowing what’s out there already, can this sub-$200 offering stand out in a sea already filled with some killer options?

The package contains:

  • HTC Desire 626
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Stereo headphones
  • Get start guide
  • Important information

Design

It’s the same old, very predictable design. Still, it’s pretty charming.

By now, HTC’s Desire line has followed a particular and predictable design language that hasn’t seen any dramatic changes in the last couple of years. So, to no one’s surprise, the HTC Desire 626 follows in familiar fashion with its two-toned, all-plastic construction. Our particular unit, the marine white variant, combines a white body with a blue colored accent, but it comes in other color combinations that we find charming. It’s certainly not an original design, that’s for sure, as it boasts many of the traits we’ve come to expect from the Desire line.

In standard Desire fashion, its buttons and ports are found in their usual locations – so that means the power and volume controls on its right edge, 3.5mm headphone jack on top, SIM and microSD card slots on its left, and microUSB port on the bottom. Initially, it seems like it stays faithful to HTC’s practice of offering dual front-firing speakers, but it’s only the bottom grill that’s used for audio output, as the top one is reserved for the earpiece only.


HTC Desire 626

HTC Desire 626

Dimensions

5.78 x 2.79 x 0.32 inches

146.9 x 70.9 x 8.19 mm

Weight

4.94 oz (140 g)

Motorola Moto G (2015)

Motorola Moto G (2015)

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.48 inches

142 x 72.4 x 12.2 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Microsoft Lumia 640

Microsoft Lumia 640

Dimensions

5.56 x 2.84 x 0.35 inches

141.3 x 72.2 x 8.8 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

Asus ZenFone 2

Asus ZenFone 2

Dimensions

6 x 3.04 x 0.43 inches

152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm

Weight

6.00 oz (170 g)

HTC Desire 626

HTC Desire 626

Dimensions

5.78 x 2.79 x 0.32 inches

146.9 x 70.9 x 8.19 mm

Weight

4.94 oz (140 g)

Motorola Moto G (2015)

Motorola Moto G (2015)

Dimensions

5.59 x 2.85 x 0.48 inches

142 x 72.4 x 12.2 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

Microsoft Lumia 640

Microsoft Lumia 640

Dimensions

5.56 x 2.84 x 0.35 inches

141.3 x 72.2 x 8.8 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

Asus ZenFone 2

Asus ZenFone 2

Dimensions

6 x 3.04 x 0.43 inches

152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9 mm

Weight

6.00 oz (170 g)

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


Display

The subdued tone of the display makes it tough for it to stand out.

Accompanied with a 5-inch 720 x 1280 Super LCD screen, it certainly fits the bill for a phone in its price category. Neither exceptionally detailed with its 294 ppi pixel density, nor polarizing with its qualities, the display at the very least is effective for everyday use. Surprisingly enough, the panel favors a warmer tone with its ~6300K color temperature, which is close to the ideal reference value if 6500K. Topping it off too, is the fact that it’s able to accurately reproduce most of the color gradients in the sRGB color spectrum chart – save for the colors of green, which have a sprinkling of yellow to them. There are undoubtedly some good qualities about the screen, but there’s just this subdued tone that prevents it from being livelier to the eye.



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8 Comments

1. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

I don't know what's wrong with PA, the display post good to excellent result with almost spot on colour accuracy but they criticised it because "subdued" tone. And if the display oversaturated or "lively" like they said, they still criticised the display not accurate as the iPhone or Galaxy

2. Super.Vegito

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 04, 2015

I think the 7/10 the right score for this. They should have gone with at least a sd410, 2xx series is a joke these days. Or otherwise price it at about $100 t o120 max.

5. Classique

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Agreed, when you can get a Moto G for the same price which is better in probably every single way except for screen quality it's difficult to recommend this

3. SonyOwner unregistered

Because HTC doesn't pay Phonearena so this device deserve a score of 7. Just like the Xperia Z3+ lol. I can't really trust Phonearena when it comes to smartphone review because they don't know how to review at all.

4. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

As much as I love Sony, it is undeniable that the Z3+ was a huge failure. The overheating problem of the 810 persists for way too long.

6. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Moto G3 scored 9/10 does that mean Moto paid PA? Kindly think before you post a statement like this dude.

7. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

HTC never puts enough RAM in their phones wtf. 2 GB ram SD 610-801 atleast and 16GB ROM i would have been sold

8. diyi75

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

This unit pales in comparison to the ZTE Zmax 2 in at&t's prepaid line up. You are paying twice as much for a smaller chinese phone. I am surprised ZTE or Huawei hasn't bought them out yet.
Desire 626
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 210, Quad-core, 1100 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)

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