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HTC Desire 530

Specifications

HTC Desire 530
HTC Desire 530 (Desire Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
1536 MB 
Display
5 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel 294 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 9.99 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm headset jack, Card Reader: micro-SD max. 2 TB, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, proximity sensor, gyroscpoe, WiFi Direct, nano-SIM
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.1, GSM quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), 3G quad-band (850/900/2100), LTE (B1/B3/B5/B7/B8/B20/B28), Cat4 (max. 150 Mbit/s download, 51 Mbit/s upload), SAR body: 0.314 W/gg, SAR head: 0.375 W/kg, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.3 x 146.9 x 70.9 ( = 0.33 x 5.78 x 2.79 in)
Battery
8.36 Wh, 2200 mAh Lithium-Polymer, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 14 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 696 h
Operating System
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Camera
Primary Camera: 8 MPix (auto focus f/2.4, 720p video @ 30 fps)
Secondary Camera: 5 MPix (fix focus f/2.8, 720p video @ 30 fps)
Additional features
Speakers: front-sided mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual, power supply, USB cable, in-ear headset, wrist strap, News Republic, Facebook & Facebook Messenger, Instagram, ZOE Video Editor, Themes, HTC Club, 24 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
140 g ( = 4.94 oz / 0.31 pounds), Power Supply: 58 g ( = 2.05 oz / 0.13 pounds)
Price
219 EUR

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 52.87% - poor
Average of 15 scores (from 23 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 28%, features: 39%, display: 61% mobility: 66%, workmanship: 76%, ergonomy: 78%, emissions: 95%

Reviews for the HTC Desire 530

80% HTC Desire 530 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Everyone's Desire?HTC offers a new smartphone in the 200-Euro (~$222) category. The Desire 530 aims to impress buyers with a unique design, decent cameras and unusually good sound among other things. Our test reveals whether the smartphone can fulfill this high claim despite entry-level hardware.
50% HTC Desire 530
Source: PC Mag English
The HTC Desire 530 is an affordable and relatively compact entry-level phone on MetroPCS, but its slow performance and dim display makes the Galaxy On5 a stronger option for most users. For $19 less, the On5 gives you a brighter screen, smoother overall performance, and better battery life, though at the cost of reduced internal storage and a weaker camera. However, if you're willing to go up in size, the ZTE Zmax Pro is our Editors' Choice winner among phablets with a snappy processor, a crisp 1080p display, and sharp dual lens camera sensors. At $179 it's the best combination of price and performance for most MetroPCS customers.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 50%
60% HTC Desire 530 review: A Sense-able budget phone
Source: Neowin English
If you only meet one of the above conditions, there is a better alternative for you. If you want Sense and money is no object, go for the HTC 10. It's a phenomenal phone. If you don't care about HTC's in-house Android skin but you only have $200 to spend, take a look at Lenovo's Moto G4, or even the Moto G3.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/03/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
30% An affordable phone you should pass on
Source: PC World English
Outside of that, the Moto G4 and G4 Plus are worth the extra cost. The Desire 530 just doesn’t deliver on performance, whether it’s something as basic as waiting for an email to load or more taxing tasks such as quickly switching between multiple apps. You’re going to find yourself waiting for apps to load, pages to fill in, and eventually it’s going to get annoying.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/10/2016
Rating: Total score: 30%
30% An affordable phone you should pass on
Source: Greenbot English
It’s a good looking phone, carrying over the same basic design found in previous Desire devices. Only now, the 530 features a white shell that appears to have been “splashed” with specs of orange and grey paint.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/10/2016
Rating: Total score: 30%
HTC Desire 530: Great Paint Job with Alot to Be Desired [Review]
Source: G Style Magazine English
I’m usually pleased with HTC devices for the most part but the Desire 530 is a disappointing affair. Its display is pretty weak outdoors, its processing power is abysmal and it just seems to take long to upload anything. Its true saving grace is its colorful splash coating and its price point as you can get one from T-Mobile for about $160 retail.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/09/2016
50% More Drip Than Splash
Source: Tom's Guide English
HTC's Desire 530 is not without its charms, even beyond the phone's low price tag. Both cameras deliver better photos than you might think, you get a full day's worth of power, and the Boomsound feature delivers pretty good sound through headphones. The problem is, other budget phones offer much more, whether it's a beefier processor from the Moto G4, greater durability from Alcatel's Go Play or more value from the identically priced Zmax 2. Some will look at the Desire 530's price tag and see a decent value for a good-enough smartphone. Me, I just see spots.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/29/2016
Rating: Total score: 50%
40% HTC Desire 530 review
Source: Techradar English
I can sum up very easily by saying you should not buy the HTC Desire 530. HTC produces some great high-end phones, and even some decent mid-rangers, but this handset does not come close to competing with the current budget crowd. For the same money you can get the Wileyfox Swift, which is better than the HTC Desire 530 in most respects. And if you can raise an extra £40 go for the vastly superior Moto G4, which beats the Desire 530 by miles in every respect. If money is really tight, save yourself £29 and pick up the Moto E, which also outperforms the Desire 530.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/05/2016
Rating: Total score: 40%
83% HTC Desire 530 – Review
Source: Cool Smartphone English
Funky design, lightweight and well put together this. It grabs and holds the phone signal well and the screen – although perhaps not up to higher-spec competitors – is better than most low-end devices. The lack of an LED notification light and the one-speaker sound output was a bit of a let down. With devices at this end of the spectrum (and we still, at this point, don’t know the exact price or release date), cuts have to be made somewhere, however the CPU gets faster, the RAM increases and the screen gets bigger if you look at the Desire 630 or 825, which are part of the same line-up.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/22/2016
Rating: Total score: 83% mobility: 77% workmanship: 86%
40% HTC Desire 530 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
But in today’s world, where consumers are surrounded by great affordable handsets like the Moto G, EE Harrier and BQ Aquaris X5, its low-end specs don’t cut the mustard. The Snapdragon chipset used doesn’t offer adequate performance and comes close to completely ruining the overall user experience. Because of this, I can’t recommend the device, no matter how competitively priced HTC makes it.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/16/2016
Rating: Total score: 40%
40% HTC Desire 530 review
Source: Stuff TV English
From a distance the HTC Desire 530 looks like a cheaper alternative to the Moto G. 5in screen? Check. 720p? Check. Quad-core CPU? Yep. However, it is underpowered. Whether it’s down to the Sense UI or the Snapdragon 210 just not having enough power to do Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow justice, the Desire 530 ends up being a trial to use at times.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/11/2016
Rating: Total score: 40%
50% Even for a budget smartphone, it doesn't offer enough bang for your buck
Source: PC Advisor English
Aside from the interesting design, there's nothing particularly outstanding going on with this entry-level smartphone. We’re actually pretty disappointed with the spec, as the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and GPU used are featured in smartphones 2-3 years old, which is bad even for a budget smartphone. The cameras are okay for a budget smartphone, but the colour reproduction isn’t the greatest we’ve seen, even on a cheap handset. We'd say it's a good choice for teenagers looking for a starter smartphone, but if you're in the market for a smartphone that's low-cost, good-looking but doesn't have any bells and whistles, then there are better options available.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/11/2016
Rating: Total score: 50% performance: 40% features: 40% workmanship: 60%
40% HTC’s Moto G rival falls flat
Source: PC Pro English
The HTC Desire 530 is a disappointment. It looks the part, and the screen is pretty decent for a £120 handset, but things fall apart as soon as you use the thing for any length of time. It’s laggy, sluggish and has a distinctly average camera.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/10/2016
Rating: Total score: 40%
100% HTC Desire 530 review - a dotty disappointment
Source: Expert Reviews English
Altogether, though, the Desire 530 just isn't a good choice for those who like to do a lot on their phone. It looks fantastic and it's still just about serviceable for short bursts of YouTube, checking the weather and actually being used as a phone rather than a gateway to the internet, but there are much faster, less frustrating handsets available for the same amount of money. Its large screen is admittedly more practical than the 2nd Gen Moto E, but in this case you might as well spend a little bit more and get the 3rd Gen Moto G, as this not only has the same sized screen as the Desire 530, but it also comes with a far better camera.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/07/2016
Rating: Total score: 100%
HTC Desire 530 Hands On
Source: Android Authority English
That’s it for this quick hands on look! The Desire 530 is expected to arrive this March, though exact pricing or even launch markets have yet to be announced. Given the specs, we imagine this should be highly affordable and competitively priced with other devices in the budget-friendly space, though we’ll be sure to update you when we know more.
video review
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/25/2016
Hands on: HTC Desire 530 review
Source: Techradar English
The HTC Desire 530 is a phone that NEEDS to be cheap to be any kind of success and help solidify the bottom line for the brand. It's a basic phone with basic features for, hopefully a basic price, and while I can't say I'm a fan of the paint splashes on the back, it's an iconic look, that's for sure.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/24/2016

Foreign Reviews

HTC Desire 530
Source: Tech Stage German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/02/2017
HTC Desire 530
Source: Computer Magazin - 01/2017 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 01/01/2017
60% HTC Desire 530
Source: Android Magazin - Heft 3/2016 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
HTC Desire 530
Source: Android Mag German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/01/2016
HTC Desire 530
Source: A1 Blog German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/18/2016
Lifestyle-Smartphone In Plastik
Source: Android Pit German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/01/2016
40% HTC Desire 530 Review En Español
Source: Arturogoga Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/17/2016
Rating: Total score: 40% performance: 30% display: 40% mobility: 30% workmanship: 80%
Test du HTC Desire 530 : l’entrée de gamme selon HTC
Source: Top for Phone French FR→EN
Positive: Fashinable design; high quality manufacturing. Negative: Average performance; low screen brightness.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/11/2016

Comment

Qualcomm Adreno 304: Integrated mid-range graphics card in the Snapdragon 210 SoCs that supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and features unified shaders. These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
210 MSM8909: Entry-level SoC with four ARM Cortex-A7 cores at max. 1.1 GHz. Furthermore, it features an integrated Cat 4 LTE Modem and 1080p video de- and encoding.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
5":

This is a typical smartphone diagonal.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.14 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


HTC:

High Tech Computer Corporation (HTC) is a Taiwanese manufacturer of mobile phones and other electronic products. In 2012, HTC stopped producing tablets under their own name. In 2012-2013, they faced heavy sales declines. Since then, the company is medium-sized in the smartphone sector. There are numerous reviews on HTC Smartphones (as of 2016).


52.87%: Such a bad rating is rare. There exist hardly any notebooks, which are rated worse.
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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2016-04- 3)