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HTC Desire 650 Review

HTC Desire 650

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HTC Desire 650 Review


Today, sub-$200 phones aren't what they used to be, and HTC is proving the point with the good looking, two-tone Desire 650. A successor to the 630, the new entry level device comes with HTC staples like front BoomSound speakers and “hi-res” audio. It also takes an interesting design twist with a half-smooth, half-groove rear cover, but does what's under the hood perform well enough to warrant a purchase? Let's find out...


The BoomSound set makes the Desire 650 a bit big for a 5-incher

HTC Desire 650 Review
HTC Desire 650 Review

The Desire 650 exhibits a very HTC-compliant design, with five enormous front openings in the top and bottom bezel indicating there are BoomSound speakers there, and a huge camera lens circle on the back. It is made entirely of plastic, yet is not particularly light or compact for a 5-incher, on account of the sizable top and bottom bezels housing the BoomSound set. The soft-touch rear is grooved at the lower half for better traction and a more interesting look.

Inserting a SIM card, or swapping your microSD when full are easy actions to do on the Desire 650, as there is simply a flap on the left covering both slots, and it is easy to pry open. We liked that the SIM card is hot swappable, so you don't need to switch off the phone to change it (looking at you, Sony), and the Desire 650 automatically picks the carrier settings and sets the language according to the area.

HTC Desire 650
5.78 x 2.79 x 0.33 inches
146.9 x 70.9 x 8.4 mm
4.94 oz (140 g)

HTC Desire 650

Motorola Moto M
5.96 x 2.97 x 0.31 inches
151.35 x 75.35 x 7.85 mm
5.75 oz (163 g)

Motorola Moto M

HTC Desire 626
5.78 x 2.79 x 0.32 inches
146.9 x 70.9 x 8.19 mm
4.94 oz (140 g)

HTC Desire 626

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


You get what you pay for with the Desire 650's display, which sports credible colors, but is dim and reflective

HTC Desire 650 Review

A 720 x 1280 pixels resolution screen is all you get with the Desire 650, which isn't surprising given the phone's price point, and at a 5” diagonal returns good enough pixel density for most tasks. The LCD display offers fairly credible color presentation that doesn't venture to the cold or warm side too much.

It is rather dim for today's LCD standards, though, at barely 368 nits of peak brightness, and pretty reflective, so outdoor visibility under direct sunlight is a bit of a struggle. At 12 nits minimum brightness it is hardly comfortable to read on at night, too. The viewing angles also don't impress, as contrast and color shift significantly when the phone gets tilted, and reflections abound.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
HTC Desire 650 361
Motorola Moto M 445
HTC Desire 626 476
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posted on 06 Feb 2017, 09:54 2

1. GreenMan (Posts: 1827; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)

Ah! The 32-Bit Snapdragon 400 with 'mighty' ARM Cortex-A7s clocked at an EXTREME 1.6Ghz and an EXTREMELY powerful Adreno 405 GPU that'll put the GPU inside the PlayStation 4 to shame and an extremely high speed DDR2-SD RAM clocked at a SKY HIGH 533 MHz...


That gives new meanings to BEAST WITHIN...

(Clears throat...)

Forget this piece of... Ahem... Well... "Wood"...

Get yourself a Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) with a Snapdragon 410 (64-Bit Cortex-A53s, about 30% faster than A7s) and the beautiful Touchwiz Marshmallow and an AMOLED Display...

A Samsung hater, eh?

Well, upcoming Oppo A57 comes to mind... So does Nokia 6... Virtually any Xiaomi (Subject to availability, of course) as even the cheapest Xiaomi comes with a Snapdragon 430 Octa Core...! Crazy, right...!

Cough out a tad more and get your 'mittens' on a Honor 6X with a... Wait for it... DUAL CAMERAS...!!!

Well, gimicky dual cameras, TBH... But you just can't beat the FHD Display and 4 Gigs of RAM and high clocked CPU and a respectable GPU, considering the reasonable price tag...


There, I said it...


posted on 06 Feb 2017, 10:14 1

2. may_czos (Posts: 849; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)

It has Adreno 305, not 405.

posted on 06 Feb 2017, 10:58 2

3. LebronJamesFanboy (Posts: 647; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)

Your comments are junk.

posted on 07 Feb 2017, 02:51

10. phonester (Posts: 30; Member since: 27 Oct 2016)

The only time I am gonna agree with this guy.
HTC mid-rangers suck except a handful devices.

posted on 06 Feb 2017, 11:00

4. R-vjn (Posts: 271; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)

Lamest phone ever. Snapdragon 400?? Really?

posted on 06 Feb 2017, 12:13 1

5. nebula (Posts: 934; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)

While everyone these days work on improving size of the battery HTC seems to be stuck in the year 2011-12. I wonder if they are run by a group of dump aliens?!

posted on 06 Feb 2017, 13:35

6. libra89 (Posts: 956; Member since: 15 Apr 2016)

Shame, I really like the phone's design for being unique.

posted on 06 Feb 2017, 18:16 1

7. ibend (Posts: 6685; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

should be 3/10 max..
since Redmi note3 with 1080p, mid-ranger level SD650, almost twice battery size, only get 6.8/10
for $150

posted on 06 Feb 2017, 18:45

8. WAusJackBauer (Posts: 317; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)

Those bezels are stupidly big.

posted on 06 Feb 2017, 21:42

9. ibend (Posts: 6685; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

even 5,5inch S7edge only 0.16 inch taller than this 5inch crap :-(

posted on 07 Feb 2017, 04:26

11. raky_b (Posts: 232; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

I remember the times when HTC hat nice looking devices...now,this is something that looks like generic Chinese phone from 5 years ago.

posted on 07 Feb 2017, 11:37

12. Todyo (Posts: 3; Member since: 20 Jan 2017)

My old but gold Moto G was powerful enough back in 2013...

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PhoneArena rating:
Display5.0 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (294 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1600 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
Size5.78 x 2.79 x 0.33 inches
(146.9 x 70.9 x 8.4 mm)
4.94 oz  (140 g)

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