A passable 8 MP shooter that will not inspire you in any way.

Looking into the Desire 626’s camera hardware, it’s presented with an 8-megapixel main rear camera and 5-megapixel front camera combo. The camera interface is the same as that on other Sense 7.0 running phones. However, its shooting modes have been whittled down to only 3 main modes – automatic, HDR, and panoramic. The front camera forgoes having any sort of beautifying options.

Understandably, the camera’s performance is mostly underwhelming. Well, we shouldn’t expect too much considering that we’re dealing with an entry-level offering here, but nonetheless, a slightly more composed shooter would have been much appreciated. Fine details are almost non-existent, as it captures photos that appear somewhat smudgy, which becomes more apparent when there’s less lighting in the shot. Even though digital noise is kept to a minimum in extreme low-light situations, its quality is just too fuzzy and the lack of fine details deprive it from being a strong candidate. However, we do like how its HDR mode performs under high-contrast scenes by focusing on the shadows to giving them increased exposure.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
HTC Desire 626 4.7
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Motorola Moto G (2015) 3.4
Microsoft Lumia 640 4.5
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Asus ZenFone 2 6.2
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The problem is not that it maxes out at 720p resolution, but the fact that it produces unbelievably soft and subdued details, which isn’t aided by the heavy noise and crackly voices that its microphone picks up.


While it’s usable for watching videos, its speaker performance is subdued and lacks depth.

Jumping over to the Sense music player, it features the same visuals and operations we’re familiar with – so that includes a nifty looking visualizer option while playing a song. The 72.5 dB of power being produced by its internal speaker is just ample enough for close confined spaces, but its thin toned production prevents it from having a commanding presence.

Video playback isn’t an issue at all with the HTC Desire 626, as 1080p clips play smoothly without any evidence of choppiness.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
HTC Desire 626 0.58
Motorola Moto G (2015) 0.377
Microsoft Lumia 640 0.615
Asus ZenFone 2 0.428
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
HTC Desire 626 72.5
Motorola Moto G (2015) 78.5
Microsoft Lumia 640 68.7
Asus ZenFone 2 72.7



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: 950; 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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