Interface and Functionality

It’s Sense 7.0 that we all know by now, so there’s nothing really new here.

The HTC Desire 626 is greeted to the same Sense experience we all know and love. Even now, it remains to be one of the more likable experiences, especially for a budget conscious phone, seeing that it blends Sense 7’s modern and appealing design language with a simplified and straightforward approach. Therefore, we get staple Sense features such as HTC BlinkFeed for social networking aggregation, and the HTC Sense widget that offers meaningful apps recommendations based on our usage and location.

Now, the only thing really missing here are the various Motion Launch gestures we get in HTC’s higher-end offerings. Regardless of that, the Sense 7.0 experience on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop is highly versatile and customizable to appeal to such a broad range of folks. However, on the other side of the spectrum, it really doesn’t bring anything new to the table that we haven’t experienced on other recent HTC devices.

Processor and Memory

The choice of the going with the Snapdragon 210 chip results in a choppier, less responsive performance.

Out of everything, it’s rather perplexing to know that HTC has opted to put in a quad-core 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 SoC inside of the Desire 626, as opposed to the Snapdragon 400 chip used by other similarly spec’d phones. The result, though, is a performance that undoubtedly lacks the finesse to really match what the Moto G 2015 puts out. Sure, basic operations are all handled in a good manner, but just expect load times to be longer – plus, it’s definitely not suited for gaming due to its choppiness. The 1.5 GB of RAM the Desire 626 is equipped with tend to be sufficient for most tasks.

Out of the box, its 16 GB of advertised storage translates to a real-world tally of 9.74GB. Certainly, that amount is still miniscule, but it’s nice to know that there’s a microSD slot to supplement it.

AnTuTu Higher is better
HTC Desire 626 17396
Motorola Moto G (2015) 22406
Microsoft Lumia 640 11945
Asus ZenFone 2 41442
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
HTC Desire 626 688
Motorola Moto G (2015) 1224
Asus ZenFone 2 1368
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
HTC Desire 626 1450
Motorola Moto G (2015) 2186
Asus ZenFone 2 3407
Sunspider Lower is better
HTC Desire 626 2337.3
Motorola Moto G (2015) 1361.8
Microsoft Lumia 640 1231.1
Asus ZenFone 2 789.5
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
HTC Desire 626 8.9
Motorola Moto G (2015) 9.6
Microsoft Lumia 640 7
Asus ZenFone 2 27.6
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
HTC Desire 626 3.9
Motorola Moto G (2015) 3.9
Asus ZenFone 2 12.7
Basemark OS II Higher is better
HTC Desire 626 372
Motorola Moto G (2015) 581
Asus ZenFone 2 1243
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
HTC Desire 626 293
Motorola Moto G (2015) 528
Asus ZenFone 2 908
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
HTC Desire 626 989
Motorola Moto G (2015) 1554
Asus ZenFone 2 1938

Internet and Connectivity

For those who have a lot of patience and don’t necessarily get annoyed by small, trivial things like minor delayed responses, they’ll find the web surfing experience tolerable with the Desire 626. Having more than enough real estate to work with, complex pages load fairly quickly, but it’s noticeable that navigational controls and page rendering aren’t accompanied with the same high-level responses we get from top-tiered phones.

Our exact review unit of the Desire 626, AT&T’s variant, is equipped with the necessary GSM radios to make it a world traveler, but Verizon’s version offers CDMA support in addition to GSM to give it greater compatibility. Besides that, it’s acquainted with the usual set of connectivity features – so expect to find aGPS with Glonass, Bluetooth 4.1, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. Sorry people, there’s no NFC here.



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: 949; 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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