HTC Desire 626 Review

Call Quality

It has its challenges, but the quality is more than acceptable to use when background noise is minimized.

Generally speaking, the Desire 626 is more than handy for phone calls. For starters, the earpiece produces extremely potent voices that make it very easy for us to hear them in even the noisiest of conditions. However, the microphone tends to make voices sound raspy on the other end of the line – while the subdued output of the speakerphone makes it challenging to use.


For a 2000 mAh battery, it has good longevity.

Don’t be quick to judge this one and its 2000 mAh battery cell, because it achieves better results than some other phones with beefier sized batteries. Judging from our custom battery benchmark test, the HTC Desire 626 obtains a respectable mark of 6 hours and 32 minutes. That’s pretty good in our book, but it’s made better knowing that it’s more than long lasting to get us through at least a solid one-day of normal, real world usage.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
HTC Desire 626 6h 32 min (Average)
Motorola Moto G (2015) 8h 3 min (Excellent)
Asus ZenFone 2 7h 34 min (Good)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
HTC Desire 626 136
Motorola Moto G (2015) 251
Asus ZenFone 2 58
Microsoft Lumia 640 196


Right now, the 2015 edition of the Moto G is the benchmark that many folks will use to compare phones that are within the same scope. Indeed, the HTC Desire 626’s outright price point of $185 makes it an attractive offering, especially if you find its tailored design to be better, but it’s still a somewhat underperforming package that doesn’t threaten the Moto G in terms of functionality. Well, that’s pretty concerning because you’re going to fork over just a smidgen more for it – plus, it lacks the better specs of the Moto G. We won’t deny that HTC has something tangible here for consumers who don’t want to spend a fortune on their next phone and are looking for a good-looking handset, but we just expect better results everywhere to keep it in the same pedestal as some of the other prized options out there.

Software version of the review unit:
Android Version: 5.1
HTC Sense Version: 7.0
Build Number: 1.10.502.1
Kernel Version: 3.10.49-perf-g61b738f


  • Inexpensive $185 outright cost
  • Charming design
  • Strong volume with the earpiece
  • Expandable storage


  • Camera image white balance is often off
  • Atrocious 720p video recording quality
  • Choppy performance with heavier operations
  • Subdued speakerphone output

PhoneArena Rating:




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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