HTC is finally doing some mid-range smartphone launches in India. The latest addition to the HTC portfolio is the HTC Desire 626 Dual Sim which is the successor to the HTC Desire 626 G+. The new HTC Desire 626 Dual Sim is launched at Rs. 14,999 in the Indian market and competes with the Huawei Honor 5X, and Lenovo K4 Note in the 10-15K price range.
The smartphone will be available both online as well as Offline in two colors – Blue Lagoon and Birch White. The device comes with significant specs upgrade when compared to the HTC Desire 626 G+.
The Taiwanese tech giant has been struggling to keep the revenues high and recently reported a loss of 100 million in the last quarterly results. They have been stuck in there strategy to stay premium while all other manufacturers have dropped prices for the Android smartphones.
While the hardware differentiation is nil in the Android mobile market, you can only command a premium for the brand name and excellent build and service. HTC is not able to leverage the premium and hence dwindling sales numbers.
Looking at the new smartphone, there are some positives which the HTC Desire 626 Dual Sim brings to the HTC Fans. The design is robust and comes with a poly-plastic build with Dual front speakers (one of the best sounding smartphones are made by HTC).
The smartphone is good looking and has a thickness of 8.1 mm and weighs just 135 grams. (very light in weight). The HTC Desire 626 Dual Sim comes with a 5.0-inch display with HD resolution of 1280*720 with a 293 PPI. The display is okay considering the smaller screen size.
There is a 13 Mega Pixel camera with fast autofocus and LED flash at the back of the camera which allows you to click good photos. The smartphone also has a front camera with 5 MP resolution, without flash.
The HTC Desire 626 Dual sim comes with Dual Sim support and 4G LTE connectivity along with the native support for the 3G and 2G network. HTC has very few 4G LTE smartphones and especially nothing in the start and mid-range segments. Definitely a positive move by the company to go for a 4G device.
The smartphone runs on the Android Lollipop OS with the HTC Sense UI which is really fun to use and is as good as the pure Android experience and in some areas better than it too.
It has a Mediatek 6752 Octa-Core processor which is clocked at 1.7 GHz along with 2 GB RAM. Much better than the HTC 626 G+ which has 1 GB RAM.
The smartphone has a mediocre battery life with just 2000 mAH battery capacity, one of the reasons why the smartphone is so lightweight is this small battery size. Would have loved to see at least a 2500 mAH battery capacity with this HTC mobile.
It may sound expensive when compared to the likes of Honor 5X and K4 Note but then HTC is HTC, and they will charge some premium for the brand name and quality. The only real low point is the slightly smaller battery capacity.
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