Even though 2015 was not a great year for HTC, the Taiwanese giant has always been trying to broaden its horizon and maintain a strong portfolio. It has finally released the Dual SIM version of Desire 626 with improved specs in India.

Looking at the present competition in its price range, does it offer enough to stand with the rest? Let’s find the answers to some common questions about Desire 626.

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HTC Desire 626 Pros

  • Decent rear camera and good front camera
  • Slow motion video recording
  • Design and built
  • UI is smooth
  • Decent performance
  • Dedicated micro SD slot with dual SIM

HTC Desire 626 Cons

  • Display resolution is below standard
  • Single speaker
  • No NFC
  • 2 GB RAM

HTC Desire 626 Quick Specifications

Key SpecsHTC Desire 626 Dual SIM
Display5 inches IPS
Screen ResolutionHD (1280 x 720)
Operating SystemAndroid Lollipop 5.1
Processor 1.7 GHz Octa-Core
ChipsetMediatek MT6752
Memory2 GB RAM
Inbuilt Storage 16 GB
Storage UpgradeYes, upto 32 GB via microSD
Primary Camera13 MP with LED flash
Video recording1080p@30fps
Secondary Camera5 MP
Battery 2000 mAh
Fingerprint SensorNo
NFCNo
4G readyYes
SIM card typeDual SIM
WaterproofNo
Weight140 gms
Price INR 14,990

Question- How is Design and Build Quality?

Answer- Desire 626 comes packed in a two-toned, all-plastic body. Our review unit was the blue variant, combines a navy blue body with a sky blue colored accent. It follows the same design language we have ssen in the previous Desire series phones but this phone is made up of good quality polycarbonate body which feels smooth to touch and very solid. The phone feels really good to hold and one handed use is quite comfortable.

HTC Desire 626 Photo Gallery

Question- Does the HTC Desire 626 Have Dual SIM Slots?

Answer- Yes, it has dual SIM slots.

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Question- Does the HTC Desire 626 Have microSD Expansion option?

Answer- Yes, it offers memory expansion via microSD up to 32 GB.

Question- Does HTC Desire 626 Have Display Glass Protection?

Answer- There is no such confirmation about the display glass protection.

Question- How is the Display of the HTC Desire 626?

Answer- Desire 626 has a 5 inch capacitive multi-touch display with 720 x 1280 resolution. The display is not the best we would expect at this price but its decent to use and a higher resolution display may have starve it more for battery. Pixel density is 294 ppi which is good for the 5 inch screen, it makes it look crisp. It has an IPS display panel, that naturally makes the colors are rich and vivid, outdoor visibility is average and viewing angles are good.

Question- Does HTC Desire 626 has Adaptive Brightness?

Answer- Yes, it offers adaptive brightness.

Question- Are navigation Buttons Backlit?

Answer- No, the capacitive navigation buttons are displayed on the screen.

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Question- Which OS Version, Type Runs on Phone?

Answer- It comes with the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with the HTC Sense UI on top.

Question- Is there any Finger Print Sensor, How Good or Bad It Is?

Answer- No, it does not have a fingerprint sensor.

Question- Is Fast Charging Supported in HTC Desire 626 ?

Answer- No, it does not support fast charging.

Question- How Much Free Internal Storage is Available to User?

Answer- 11.75 GB is available out of 16 GB at user end.

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Question- Can Apps be moved to SD card on HTC Desire 626?

Answer- No, apps cannot be moved to SD card.

Question- How Much Bloatware Apps are Pre-installed, Are They Removable?

Answer- It comes with very few bloatware apps preinstalled and does not use a lot of memory. Some of them are removable.

Question- How Much RAM is Available on the first Boot?

Answer- Out of 1.3 GB of RAM was free on first boot.

Question- Does it have LED notification light?

Answer- Yes, it does have a LED notification light.

Question- Does it support USB OTG?

Answer- Yes, it supports USB OTG but it was unable to detect the OTG drive in our case.

Question- Does HTC Desire 626 offer theme options to choose from?

Answer- No, Desire 626 does not offer pre-installed themes.

Question- How loud is The Loudspeaker?

Answer- It has just one speaker at the bottom but it is fairly loud, not one of the best we have seen in most of HTC devices.

Question- How is the Call quality?

Answer- The call quality is good, the voice was clear and the network reception was also great.

Question- How good is The Camera Quality of the HTC Desire 626?

Answer- Desire 626 comes with a 13MP rear camera with CMOS BSI sensor, f/2.2 aperture and LED flash. We tested the camera outdoors, indoors and in more different scenarios, but the performance did not impress us looking at the price tag. We have uploaded some sample shots in the photo gallery below and you can take a look and judge the picture quality. The camera is prone to shakes, tiniest of shakes can distort your picture while clicking with the camera. Colours were looking good but the details were again not impressive. We have seen better cameras in phones costing lesser than this.

The front camera is something that impressed us; it performed well while clicking selfies in outdoors and captures good amount of light for low light selfies. The details were nicely produced, but the pictures were short of rich colours.

HTC Desire 626 Camera Samples

Question- Can we Play Full HD 1080p Videos on HTC Desire 626?

Answer- Yes, it is capable of playing Full HD videos but the resolution will be restricted to HD.

Question- Can HTC Desire 626 record slow motion & time-lapse videos?

Answer- Yes, it can record slow motion video but cannot record time-lapse.

Question- How is Battery Backup on HTC Desire 626?

Answer- It comes with a small 2000 mAh battery but it easily manages to last atleast a day with casual usage.

Question- What Color Variants are Available for HTC Desire 626?

Answer– Blue Lagoon and White Birch variant of the Desire 626 are available for purchase in India

Question- Can we set the display colour temperature on HTC Desire 626?

Answer- No, you cannot change display temperature.

Question- Is there any in-built power saver in the HTC Desire 626?

Answer- Yes, it has a power saving mode to keep save unwanted battery drain.

Question- Which Sensors are available on HTC Desire 626?

Answer- It has Accelerometer, Light sensor, and Proximity sensor.

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Question- Does it have IR blaster?

Answer- No, it doesn’t have an IR blaster.

Question- What is the Weight of HTC Desire 626?

Answer- It weighs 140 grams.

Question- Does It Support Tap Wake up Commands?

Answer- No, it does not support tap to wake up command.

Question- Does It Support Voice Wake up Commands?

Answer- No, it does not support voice wake up commands.

Question- What are the benchmark scores?

Answer- 

Benchmark AppBenchmark Scores
Nenamark58.8 fps
Quadrant12778
Geekbench 3Single Core- 803
Multi Core- 4026

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Question- Does HTC Desire 626 Have Heating Issues?

Answer- No, we did notice any heating problem with the Desire 626. The maximu temperature we recorded was 37 degree Celsius.

Question- Can HTC Desire 626 be connected to a Bluetooth Headset?

Answer- Yes, it can be connected to a Bluetooth headset.

Question- How is the Gaming Performance?

Answer- Desire 626 does not have one of the strongest processors so it’s not a the best in the league but games like Dead Trigger 2 can be played without a hiccup.

Question- Mobile Hotspot Internet Sharing Supported?

Answer- Yes, you can create hotspot to share internet from this device.

Conclusion

At INR 14,990, it comes with a solid and handy design, comfortable use with one hand, and a 13MP rear camera with various shooting modes. But the hardware looks little old compared to its competition, still HTC’s Sense UI makes up for it impressively. Overall, we could say that if you wish to buy a mid-range smartphone then this phone is a really smart choice.