Think of it as a slightly improved Desire 620.
It’s only been a couple of weeks since HTC brought out the upper mid-tier Desire 826 at CES in Las Vegas, and roughly a month and a half since the decidedly mid-end Desire 620 was announced. Yet the Taiwanese are at it again, prepping another mediocre gadget for the cash-strapped masses in the hopes quantity can make up for shoddy quality.
It’s a recipe doomed for failure that not even Samsung pulled off, but who knows, maybe HTC will get lucky. And besides, the Desire 626 reportedly in the pipeline for an MWC debut on March 1 isn’t all that bad.
It’s actually marginally better than the 620, as the very name suggests, and sports a similarly funky design. A virtually identical 5-inch 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution display too, and a beefy yet frugal octa-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.7 GHz.
Hopefully, we’re dealing with a 64-bit-capable unit, as the Desire 626 should run Android 4.4 KitKat upon launch, and switch to 5.0 Lollipop soon after. It can’t be an MT6572, though, as Twitter serial leaker @upleaks claims, since that model number pertains to a humble dual-core released in 2013.
Let’s assume that was a typo, and the leakster knows what he’s talking about, in which case the biggest Desire 626 upgrade would be a much more generous 2 GB RAM compared to 620’s mere 1 gig of memory.
Oddly enough, certain versions of the HTC Desire 626 are to replace the MediaTek chip with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, and settle for 1 GB RAM, which would make them exact copies of the existing 620.
Check that, the rear-facing camera would still be better, at 13 megapixels. You’ll also score double the 620’s internal storage space (16 GB), an adept 5 MP front snapper, 2,000 mAh battery, and BoomSound stereo speakers. Not too shabby, but please, HTC, get this over with before Hima’s introduction.