Introduction


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...

Design

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


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

HTC Desire 650

Dimensions

5.78 x 2.79 x 0.33 inches

146.9 x 70.9 x 8.4 mm

Weight

4.94 oz (140 g)

Motorola Moto M

Motorola Moto M

Dimensions

5.96 x 2.97 x 0.31 inches

151.35 x 75.35 x 7.85 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 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)

HTC Desire 650

HTC Desire 650

Dimensions

5.78 x 2.79 x 0.33 inches

146.9 x 70.9 x 8.4 mm

Weight

4.94 oz (140 g)

Motorola Moto M

Motorola Moto M

Dimensions

5.96 x 2.97 x 0.31 inches

151.35 x 75.35 x 7.85 mm

Weight

5.75 oz (163 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)

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



Display

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


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.



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12 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 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... WOW... 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... THIS HTC IS PLAIN... JUNK... There, I said it... G'Day!

2. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

It has Adreno 305, not 405.

3. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Your comments are junk.

10. phonester

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 27, 2016

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

4. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Lamest phone ever. Snapdragon 400?? Really?

5. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 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?!

6. libra89

Posts: 2272; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

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

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 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

8. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Those bezels are stupidly big.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

11. raky_b

Posts: 384; Member since: Jul 02, 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.

12. Todyo

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 20, 2017

My old but gold Moto G was powerful enough back in 2013...
Desire 650
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2200 mAh(17.5h 3G talk time)

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