HTC Desire 510 – Just a few more days of waiting
HTC Desire 510 – New and affordable. But is it performant?
We knew the HTC is set to be launched sometime in September, but now we have a date. September 19th, 2014.
HTC said this device will bring 4G technology to everyone. They were, of course, referring to the price of the device, which will be very affordable. According to the available information, the handset will cost $199.99 free of contract. Also, Sprint, Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile will offer the device for just 99$, with no contract required. The Desire 510 will be available at Boost starting on September 22nd, and at Virgin starting September 23rd.
Now that we know it is, indeed, cheap, let’s take a look at the specs.
- 139.9 x 69.8 x 10 mm
- 158 g
- 4.7 inches display
- 480 x 854 pixels, ~208 ppi
- 5 mega-pixel camera, 2592 х 1944 pixels, 1080p video
- 8 GB internal storage, supports microSD up to 128 GB
- 1 GB RAM
- Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat)
A nice surprise is the 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, which can support the new Android L, an update that seems inevitable. It is, in fact, the first Android phone to be shipped with a 64-bit processor, and it’s not fitted on a flagship, but on quite the opposite – the economy phone.
Design-wise, we have to say, we were not blown away. After getting our hands on many metallic-bodied smartphones, the cheap, glossy plastic on the Desire 510 was not a pleasant experience. However, it takes only a quick look to the price tag to forget that.
Another imperfection (we can’t say flaw at this price) would be the display. The resolution just won’t cut it. With just 480 x 854 pixels, the quality is very poor.
Bottom line, it’s a good phone if you want some new technology for a small price and you are willing to overlook some other aspects.
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