Although reportedly meant to “make premium smartphones affordable and accessible to all”, the US-bound HTC Desire 520, 526, 626 and 626s are anything but high-end or attractively designed.
The race to the bottom continues for household names in the Western mobile industry, forced to step up their low-cost hardware games by a slew of rapidly rising and profit margin-disregarding Chinese brands.
Unfortunately, with the notable exception of Motorola, whose business is technically supervised by Lenovo of late, everyone else seems inherently incapable of keeping up with the likes of Meizu, Xiaomi or ZTE. Their quality – price ratios have simply proven too much for LG, Sony and now HTC.
The latter’s newest additions to the value-friendly Desire roster aren’t crappy or ugly per se, they’re just extremely boring. Not to mention archaic, even by Moto E-set ultra-low-cost standards. Basically, their only shot of making it is widespread US availability, with various prepaid and postpaid operators apparently on board the lackluster ships.
Situated at the base of the Android totem pole, the Desire 520 is headed to Cricket Wireless at the very least with a cringe worthy 4.5-inch 854 x 480 pix res screen in tow, quad-core Snapdragon 210 SoC, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage space and 8 MP/2 MP cameras.
The bad news? The Snapdragon 210 processor is one of the four’s common traits, and the Desire 526 and 626s also borrow the skimpy ROM from the 520. At 4.7 and 5 inches respectively, and qHD and 720p display resolution, the two feel a little more modern, but not by much.
As is the case across the board, price tags remain under wraps for the moment, with Verizon and AT&T likely to have a tough time finding the sweet spot. Don’t even think of going over $200 off-contract, given the chintzy plastic constructions involved.
On the plus side, you’re offered Android 5.1 Lollipop software, and the Desire 526 packs 1.5 GB RAM. Last but certainly not least, the Desire 626 comes closest to a satisfactory spec sheet, with an HD 5-inch panel, 16 GB internal storage, 1.5 GB RAM and 5 MP selfie shooter. Forget it, still not worth it.
Source: PR Newswire