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MWC 2016: HTC Desire 825, 630 and 530 Launched at Budget Pricing

HTC as a brand is not going to stay back when it comes to launching new devices in the market. I’m not talking about the flagship devices, but even in the budget and mid-range segment. At Mobile World Congress this year, HTC has launched their new budget range smartphones, named the Desire 530, Desire 630 and Desire 825. 

HTC Desire 630

HTC Desire 530, Desire 630 and Desire 825 Specifications

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The HTC Desire 530 is the cheapest of the three and features some basic specifications. It sports a 5-inch 720p display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset, coupled with 1.5GB of RAM. Yes, 1.5GB of RAM is correct. On the storage side, it comes with 16GB of onboard storage that can be expanded via a microSD card. The cameras on the Desire 530 are an 8-megapixel primary camera and  a 5-megapixel secondary. The battery on the smartphone is a 2200mAh enclosed battery, that is non-user replaceable. The phone is a single SIM device, and can be used with 4G/3G/2G networks around the world.

HTC Desire 530/630

The HTC Desire 630 smartphone copies most of the things from the younger Desire 530 smartphone, yet adds a few improvements to it. The display is the same on this phone, but the processor has been bumped up to the Snapdragon 400, paired with 2GB RAM. Other than this, the only noticeable change in the Desire 630 is the camera. The primary camera on the phone has been bumped up to 13-megapixel from the previous 8-megapixel. Also, the Desire 630 is a dual SIM smartphone that allows you to use two SIM cards simultaneously.

The HTC Desire 825 is the highest in line for the HTC Desire budget lineup and offers similar specifications to the Desire 630, its immediate younger brother. However, it brings certain changes to the phone as well. It brings a bigger 5.5-inch 720p display, adds the popular HTC Boomsound speakers to the phone and houses a larger 2700mAh battery. Other than this, it features the same specifications as the Desire 630.

All the three new smartphones from HTC are running the latest Android Marshmallow 6.0 out of the box customized with HTC’s Sense UI.

HTC Desire 530/630

The new design that these three smartphones feature is that of a “streetwear fashion” that gives it a classy modern look. This look gives it a splash-like look at the back, that is seen on a lot of fashion clothing these days. That’s why this style is being called the streetwear fashion and is expected to give this smartphone an edge over others in the same price category.

Pricing and Availability

The pricing for any of these three phones is still not known, but since they are targeted for the budget range, we don’t expect a high price point. As for the availability of these smartphones, they will be available starting March in certain markets, but we are not yet sure when will it come to India.


The HTC Desire 530, 630 and 825 are phones with decent specs, but great looks. I personally like the design that HTC is offering on these smartphones. It gives the smartphone a unique look, that other companies are not able to give right now. Sure, you can add a cover to your smartphone for that classy look, but having it right out of the box is something that is great! I look forward to testing and using this device here in India.