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HTC Desire 626G Dual SIM Smartphone Review

Michael Moser, Tanja Hinum, 08/05/2015

Double pack. The dual-colored HTC Desire 626G Dual SIM has two SIM slots and a high performance octa-core SoC from Mediatek that clocks at 1.7 GHz. The street price of approximately 230 Euros (~$250) also includes a bright 5-inch HD screen, UMTS, and a high-resolution camera module. 8 GB of internal storage and 1 GB of RAM rounds off the bundle.

For the original German review, see here.

HTC adds another smartphone to its Desire family in the mid-range section with an RRP of 279 Euros (~$304). HTC's Desire 626G Dual SIM aims to stand out with its dual-color design and dual-SIM support. The 5-inch phone with a resolution of 1280-x-720 pixels is available in "Blue Lagoon" (cyan), "White Birch" (white) and "Purple Fire" (pink) color combinations. The Desire 626G is equipped with a MediaTek's MT6592 octa-core SoC, which clocks at 1.7 GHz and is supported by 1 GB of RAM. The 8 GB internal storage can be expanded by up to 32 GB via a micro-SD card. Google's Android 4.4 KitKat mobile OS is preloaded.

Its identical looking larger sibling, HTC Desire 626 is to be launched in late August priced at 299 Euros (~$326). It is equipped with an LTE, identical 13 and 5 MP camera modules, a 64-bit capable Snapdragon quad-core SoC clocking at 1.2 GHz, as well as 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of flash memory. HTC also relies on Android 5.1 and HTC Sense 7 here.

In this test, direct rivals for HTC's Desire 626G Dual SIM are Huawei's P8 liteZTE's Blade S6Sony's Xperia M4 Aqua, and LG's G4c.

HTC Desire 626G dual sim (Desire Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
1024 MB 
Display
5 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel, 16 million colors, capacitive touchscreen, Super LCD 2, glossy: yes
Storage
8 GB eMMC Flash, 8 GB 
, 4.98 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: micro-SD slot (max. 32GB), Sensors: A-GPS; motion sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, compass, magnet sensor (for Flip Cover), DLNA
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM quad-band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz), UMTS tri-band (SIM1+2; 850/900/2100 MHz); network standards: GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA: 21 MBps, HSUPA: 5.76 MBps, HSPA+; SAR-rates: 0.653 W/kg (head), 0.633 W/kg (body)
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.19 x 146.9 x 70.9 ( = 0.32 x 5.78 x 2.79 in)
Battery
Lithium-Polymer, 2000 mAh, non-removable, Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 22.8 h, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 12.7 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 521 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 458 h
Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera
Webcam: 5.0 MP, BSI sensor, f/2.8, 34 mm lens, videos @1080p; primary camera: 13.0 MP, AF, BSI sensor, f/2.2, 28 mm lens, LED flash, videos @1080p/30fps
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker, Keyboard: virtual Android QWERTY keyboard, Keyboard Light: yes, Android 4.4.2, HTC Sense 5.3, Google bundle, Polaris Office 5, HTC Dot View, YouTube, 24 Months Warranty, Features: Dual-SIM, FM Radio; SIM form factor: nano-SIM
Weight
137 g ( = 4.83 oz / 0.3 pounds), Power Supply: 57 g ( = 2.01 oz / 0.13 pounds)
Price
279 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The colorful casing of HTC's Desire 626G Dual SIM in the stylish dual-color design is made of robust plastic. The build is good and the gaps are all even. The smartphone's rounded edges provide a nice feel and will not slip out of the hand easily. Overall, the review sample gave a pleasantly high-quality impression. There were also hardly any visible scratches on the Desire 626G Dual SIM even after several days of testing; the used polycarbonate seems quite tough. The review sample coped well with our warping attempts. Although it did not produce a cracking noise, it twisted quite noticeably when considerable force was applied. The display glass resists pressure and only displayed minor image distortions under strong, abnormal pressure.

The smartphone is pleasant to hold, having similar dimensions as the comparison devices. However, with a thickness of 8.19 mm (~0.32 in) the 626G is slightly taller than its rivals, and only LG's G4c is thicker. A total weight of 137 grams (~4.8 oz) is also on par with the competition. Unfortunately, the battery is not removable, and the user can only access the 3G capable slots for both nano SIM cards and a micro-SD slot via a flap on the casing's left.

146.9 mm / 5.78 inch 70.9 mm / 2.79 inch 8.19 mm / 0.3224 inch 137 g0.302 lbs145.5 mm / 5.73 inch 72.59 mm / 2.86 inch 7.3 mm / 0.2874 inch 136 g0.2998 lbs144 mm / 5.67 inch 70.7 mm / 2.78 inch 7.7 mm / 0.3031 inch 134 g0.2954 lbs143 mm / 5.63 inch 70.6 mm / 2.78 inch 7.7 mm / 0.3031 inch 133 g0.2932 lbs139.7 mm / 5.5 inch 69.8 mm / 2.75 inch 10.2 mm / 0.4016 inch 136 g0.2998 lbs

Connectivity

HTC's Desire 626G Dual SIM is powered by MediaTek's MT6592 octa-core SoC that integrates an ARM Mali 450-MP4 graphics card and clocks at 1.7 GHz. In addition to 1 GB of working memory, 8 GB of flash memory is installed. The latter is quite inadequate, particularly since only approximately 5 GB remains unused. This makes it even worse that App2SD does not function. USB-OTG is not provided either, and thus only multimedia data can be moved. At least the test sample identified our 64 GB micro-SD card, contrary to the manufacturer's specifications. The positioning of the interfaces is useful, and the charging cable will not get in the way at the lower edge when recharging the phone.

Upper edge: Audio jack
Upper edge: Audio jack
Right: Volume rocker, power button
Right: Volume rocker, power button
Lower edge: Micro USB 2.0
Lower edge: Micro USB 2.0
Left under flap: 2x nano-SIM, micro-SD
Left under flap: 2x nano-SIM, micro-SD
Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Software

HTC's Desire 626G Dual SIM still relies on the somewhat outdated Android 4.4.2 KitKat in conjunction with the older HTC Sense 5.3 UI. The manufacturer has not yet announced an update to the latest versions of Android 5.1 and HTC Sense 7. The manufacturer's user interface only subtly modifies the known Android UI. In addition to the usual Google bundle, HTC has preloaded the proprietary "HTC Dot View" news aggregator and the "Polaris Office 5" suite among others. There is barely any annoying bloatware installed.

Communication & GPS 

HTC uses a Wi-Fi module that supports the 802.11 b/g/n standards in its Desire 626G. High-speed ac standard or even dual-band Wi-Fi are not supported. It is incomprehension why LTE is not installed, which even the cheaper Desire 510 is provided with, and both SIM slots only utilize UMTS. Bluetooth 4.1 and DLNA take care of near field data transmission. GSM quad-band and UMTS tri-band for both SIM slots cover the most important frequencies on-the-go. HSPA+ with up to 21 MB/s download and maximum 5.76 MB/s upload is available for mobile browsing. The reception was decent and stable during the test.

The Desire 626 Dual SIM uses A-GPS for localization. Satellites were found after three to four minutes using the GPS Test app in the editorial office. However, the device was just as accurate indoors as in the outdoors. Overall, tracking is still acceptable for the price range.

GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test outdoors
GPS Test indoors
GPS Test indoors
The phone app provides...
The phone app provides...
...a few settings.
...a few settings.

Telephone & Voice Quality

The speech and hearing quality of HTC's Desire 626G Dual SIM was impeccable in both landline and wireless mobile network calls. The speaker is adequate for making hands-free calls in a quiet environment, but it is not as useful outdoors or in the car.

HTC Desire 626G front-facing camera
HTC Desire 626G front-facing camera
HTC Desire 626G primary camera
HTC Desire 626G primary camera

Cameras & Multimedia

The front-facing camera of HTC's Desire 626G Dual SIM has a selfie-friendly resolution of 5 megapixels. The 34 mm lens operates with a BSI sensor and an aperture of f/2.8. Videos are recorded in 1080p.

The rear-facing primary camera has a resolution of 13 MP and an auto-focus. The BSI sensor with an aperture of f/2.2 and 28 mm lens can make use of an LED flash when required. The camera records videos in Full HD at 30 fps.

The resolution of both lenses is category standard in the comparison. Only LG's G4c has a lower resolution primary camera. The image quality is appealing with decent sharpness and color reproduction. Decent snapshots are possible when the object is sufficiently illuminated. Unfortunately, there is no image stabilizer present and therefore photo fans will need a steady hand. The low light performance decreases noticeably, and photos will be pixelated with  muddy colors.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3

Accessories

HTC delivers a micro USB cable, a modular charger, a standard headset and a quick start guide with the smartphone. At the time of testing, the manufacturer offered various accessories on its website, such as external batteries and a special perforated cover that displays notifications in conjunction with the "Dot View" software even when the cover is closed.

Warranty

HTC includes a 24-month warranty on the Desire 626G Dual SIM. The accessories are covered for only 6 months.

Input Devices & Handling

The capacitive touchscreen in HTC's Desire 626G Dual SIM responds quickly and accurately up into the corners. The gliding properties of the screen's surface are good. HTC's Sense upgrades the Android keyboard slightly, and offers diverse settings like word prediction and finger calibration. The latter increases inputting speed and accuracy slightly. As usual for HTC, the German QWERTZ keyboard had to be explicitly selected despite correct country settings. The physical keys did not give any reason for complaint.

Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard portrait mode
Keyboard landscape mode
Keyboard landscape mode
The HTC Sense settings
The HTC Sense settings
...are diverse.
...are diverse.

Display

The 5-inch Super LCD 2 TFT screen in a 16:9 format has the category standard HD resolution of 1280x720 pixels. It renders contents with adequate sharpness. The measured average brightness is high 483.4 cd/m², and the maximum of HTC's Desire 626G Dual SIM is even 505 cd/m². Only Sony's Xperia M4 Aqua can outshine the review sample with its maximum 555 cd/m². The screen's illumination of 90% is very homogeneous and on par with the competition.

459
cd/m²
495
cd/m²
476
cd/m²
459
cd/m²
497
cd/m²
505
cd/m²
456
cd/m²
499
cd/m²
505
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 505 cd/m² Average: 483.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 497 cd/m²
Contrast: 742:1 (Black: 0.67 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.88 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 6.11 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
86.5458% sRGB (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 1.78
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
Mali-450 MP4, MT6592, 8 GB eMMC Flash
ZTE Blade S6
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Huawei P8 lite
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 620, 16 GB eMMC Flash
LG G4c
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Screen
-1%
3%
5%
1%
Brightness middle
497
386
-22%
547
10%
365
-27%
480
-3%
Brightness
483
377
-22%
535
11%
353
-27%
464
-4%
Brightness Distribution
90
90
0%
92
2%
93
3%
92
2%
Black Level *
0.67
0.44
34%
0.81
-21%
0.42
37%
0.49
27%
Contrast
742
877
18%
675
-9%
869
17%
980
32%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.88
7.12
-3%
5.77
16%
5.2
24%
8.13
-18%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.11
6.7
-10%
5.87
4%
5.85
4%
6.73
-10%
Gamma
1.78 124%
1.98 111%
2.14 103%
2.17 101%
2.69 82%
CCT
6820 95%
7784 84%
7784 84%
7252 90%
7727 84%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
86.5458
96.5753
12%
91.25
5%
70.038
-19%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
72.0875
70.86

* ... smaller is better

The situation is different in terms of black level and contrast with rates of 0.67 cd/m² and 742:1. Virtually all rivals outperform the Desire 626G Dual SIM here. Only Sony's Xperia M4 Aqua has poorer rates. However, subjectively, this is not noticeable in everyday use.

CalMAN and a photospectrometer show deviations from the ideal with slightly increased DeltaE rates of 6.11 in the grayscale levels and 6.88 in mixed colors. The color temperature of 6820 K is only marginally higher than the ideal rate of 6500 K. The sRGB color space is covered quite well with 86.5%, and the color reproduction is quite good subjectively. The color saturation is only slightly too high in the green-yellow range, but it is not noticeable in everyday use. Overall, the Desire 626G Dual SIM presents a very appealing show in this section.

CalMAN Colorspace
CalMAN Colorspace
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker

The Desire 626G Dual SIM is quite suitable for outdoor use thanks to the high brightness. However, as with most modern smartphones, direct sunlight causes strong reflections that slightly restrict the legibility.

The viewing angles are relatively good for a TFT screen. Although the brightness is reduced when looking from the sides, colors do not invert.

Massive reflection in sunlight.
Massive reflection in sunlight.
However, the screen...
However, the screen...
...is still bright enough for outdoor use.
...is still bright enough for outdoor use.
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

A MediaTek's 6592 octa-core SoC clocking at 1.7 GHz powers HTC's Desire 626G Dual SIM. The review sample presents mixed scores in the synthetic benchmarks. It can outrun its rivals in some tests, such as the multi-core test of Geekbench 3. Then again, both LG's G4c and Sony's Xperia M4 Aqua defeat it in the single-core benchmark. Only Sony's Xperia M4 Aqua is better in the Linpack benchmark. The review sample is midfield in GFXBench, and leaves LG's G4c and Huawei's P8 lite behind. Overall, the Desire 626G Dual SIM exhibits a decent application and gaming performance.

Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
2395 Points ∼8%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
2103 Points ∼7% -12%
LG G4c
1419 Points ∼5% -41%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
435 Points ∼9%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
539 Points ∼11% +24%
LG G4c
462 Points ∼10% +6%
Smartbench 2012 - Productivity Index (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
4009 points ∼21%
ZTE Blade S6
404 points ∼2% -90%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
3782 points ∼20% -6%
Huawei P8 lite
2941 points ∼16% -27%
LG G4c
4678 points ∼25% +17%
Linpack Android / IOS
Multi Thread (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
300.654 MFLOPS ∼10%
ZTE Blade S6
0 MFLOPS ∼0% -100%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
334.656 MFLOPS ∼11% +11%
LG G4c
229.791 MFLOPS ∼8% -24%
Single Thread (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
118.576 MFLOPS ∼12%
ZTE Blade S6
0 MFLOPS ∼0% -100%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
238.841 MFLOPS ∼23% +101%
LG G4c
104.27 MFLOPS ∼10% -12%
3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
11165 Points ∼13%
ZTE Blade S6
7526 Points ∼9% -33%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
5758 Points ∼7% -48%
Huawei P8 lite
8206 Points ∼9% -27%
LG G4c
9195 Points ∼11% -18%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
6487 Points ∼1%
ZTE Blade S6
8933 Points ∼2% +38%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
7000 Points ∼1% +8%
Huawei P8 lite
5167 Points ∼1% -20%
LG G4c
3827 Points ∼1% -41%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
7153 Points ∼3%
ZTE Blade S6
8577 Points ∼4% +20%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
6680 Points ∼3% -7%
Huawei P8 lite
5629 Points ∼2% -21%
LG G4c
4397 Points ∼2% -39%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
9919 Points ∼12%
ZTE Blade S6
7346 Points ∼9% -26%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
5660 Points ∼7% -43%
Huawei P8 lite
7399 Points ∼9% -25%
LG G4c
8507 Points ∼10% -14%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
4404 Points ∼1%
ZTE Blade S6
5272 Points ∼1% +20%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
4028 Points ∼1% -9%
Huawei P8 lite
3676 Points ∼1% -17%
LG G4c
2188 Points ∼0% -50%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Score (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
5025 Points ∼2%
ZTE Blade S6
5625 Points ∼3% +12%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
4304 Points ∼2% -14%
Huawei P8 lite
4138 Points ∼2% -18%
LG G4c
2621 Points ∼1% -48%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Physics (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
9964 Points ∼6%
ZTE Blade S6
7143 Points ∼5% -28%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
5569 Points ∼4% -44%
Huawei P8 lite
7238 Points ∼5% -27%
LG G4c
8632 Points ∼6% -13%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
6457 Points ∼1%
ZTE Blade S6
10819 Points ∼1% +68%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
8421 Points ∼1% +30%
Huawei P8 lite
5732 Points ∼1% -11%
LG G4c
4767 Points ∼1% -26%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
7005 Points ∼1%
ZTE Blade S6
9709 Points ∼1% +39%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
7561 Points ∼1% +8%
Huawei P8 lite
6010 Points ∼1% -14%
LG G4c
5294 Points ∼0% -24%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
12 fps ∼0%
ZTE Blade S6
15 fps ∼0% +25%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
12.7 fps ∼0% +6%
Huawei P8 lite
9.9 fps ∼0% -17%
LG G4c
5.2 fps ∼0% -57%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
17 fps ∼1%
ZTE Blade S6
25 fps ∼1% +47%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
21.5 fps ∼1% +26%
Huawei P8 lite
15.3 fps ∼0% -10%
LG G4c
9.8 fps ∼0% -42%
AnTuTu v5 - Total Score (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
33176 Points ∼33%
ZTE Blade S6
30329 Points ∼31% -9%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
29770 Points ∼30% -10%
Huawei P8 lite
34247 Points ∼35% +3%
LG G4c
21129 Points ∼21% -36%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
605 Points ∼30%
ZTE Blade S6
707 Points ∼35% +17%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
687 Points ∼34% +14%
Huawei P8 lite
616 Points ∼30% +2%
LG G4c
571 Points ∼28% -6%
Graphics (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
332 Points ∼1%
ZTE Blade S6
800 Points ∼3% +141%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
600 Points ∼2% +81%
Huawei P8 lite
303 Points ∼1% -9%
LG G4c
318 Points ∼1% -4%
Memory (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
305 Points ∼5%
ZTE Blade S6
608 Points ∼10% +99%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
817 Points ∼13% +168%
Huawei P8 lite
816 Points ∼13% +168%
LG G4c
373 Points ∼6% +22%
System (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
1345 Points ∼8%
ZTE Blade S6
1084 Points ∼7% -19%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
986 Points ∼6% -27%
Huawei P8 lite
1467 Points ∼9% +9%
LG G4c
1054 Points ∼6% -22%
Overall (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
536 Points ∼6%
ZTE Blade S6
782 Points ∼9% +46%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
764 Points ∼9% +43%
Huawei P8 lite
687 Points ∼8% +28%
LG G4c
517 Points ∼6% -4%

Legend

 
HTC Desire 626G dual sim Mediatek MT6592, ARM Mali-450 MP4, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
ZTE Blade S6 Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939, Qualcomm Adreno 405, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939, Qualcomm Adreno 405, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei P8 lite HiSilicon Kirin 620, ARM Mali-450 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
LG G4c Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 8 GB eMMC Flash

In the browser-based benchmarks using the Android 4.4.2 browser, the Desire 626G Dual SIM only beats its rivals in the Mozilla Kraken 1.1 test. It is usually defeated in all other tests. The mixed performance increases significantly when using Google's preloaded Chrome browser. A decent performance is then achieved in browsing routine.

Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
1086.2 ms * ∼12%
ZTE Blade S6
1213 ms * ∼13% -12%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
1676.1 ms * ∼18% -54%
Huawei P8 lite
1985.6 ms * ∼22% -83%
LG G4c
1036 ms * ∼11% +5%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
2432 Points ∼5%
ZTE Blade S6
3655 Points ∼7% +50%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
3215 Points ∼6% +32%
Huawei P8 lite
2483 Points ∼5% +2%
LG G4c
3085 Points ∼6% +27%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
19204.8 ms * ∼32%
ZTE Blade S6
11668 ms * ∼20% +39%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
18847.3 ms * ∼32% +2%
Huawei P8 lite
15866 ms * ∼27% +17%
LG G4c
14663.8 ms * ∼25% +24%

* ... smaller is better

The storage test using the AndroBench app records good read and write rates in small data blocks from the flash memory. The competition is considerably faster with larger amounts of data, and only LG's G4c is slower here. Huawei's P8 lite fast storage always beats the review sample.

AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
3.16 MB/s ∼1%
ZTE Blade S6
2.85 MB/s ∼1% -10%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
3.91 MB/s ∼2% +24%
Huawei P8 lite
8.32 MB/s ∼3% +163%
LG G4c
1.3 MB/s ∼1% -59%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
16.47 MB/s ∼9%
ZTE Blade S6
7.85 MB/s ∼4% -52%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
9.76 MB/s ∼6% -41%
Huawei P8 lite
18.46 MB/s ∼11% +12%
LG G4c
10.49 MB/s ∼6% -36%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
7.77 MB/s ∼2%
ZTE Blade S6
51 MB/s ∼13% +556%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
28.81 MB/s ∼7% +271%
Huawei P8 lite
52.79 MB/s ∼13% +579%
LG G4c
7.49 MB/s ∼2% -4%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
125.26 MB/s ∼9%
ZTE Blade S6
128 MB/s ∼9% +2%
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
130.02 MB/s ∼9% +4%
Huawei P8 lite
139.48 MB/s ∼10% +11%
LG G4c
112.94 MB/s ∼8% -10%

Games

The ARM Mali 450-MP4 graphics card does quite a good job with graphic tasks. Up-to-date games are rendered consistently smoothly, although some with reduced details. The accurate touchscreen and good position sensors adequately support gameplay.

"Angry Birds Fight!"
"Angry Birds Fight!"
"Modern Combat 5"
"Modern Combat 5"

Emissions

Temperature

The surface temperature of approximately 35 °C (~95 °F) during full load always remained within a lukewarm range - no comparison with the hotheaded Sony's Xperia M4 Aqua. Temperature-related performance losses were not observed even after prolonged full load. Only 30.2 °C (~86 °F) were recorded on the underside and 31 °C (~88 °F) on the upper side in idle mode. The power supply also remained uncritical.

Max. Load
 35.7 °C
96 F
34 °C
93 F
34.6 °C
94 F
 
 37 °C
99 F
34.4 °C
94 F
35.8 °C
96 F
 
 35 °C
95 F
34 °C
93 F
34.5 °C
94 F
 
Maximum: 37 °C = 99 F
Average: 35 °C = 95 F
33.5 °C
92 F
34.6 °C
94 F
36.3 °C
97 F
33 °C
91 F
35.3 °C
96 F
37.4 °C
99 F
32.3 °C
90 F
34.1 °C
93 F
37 °C
99 F
Maximum: 37.4 °C = 99 F
Average: 34.8 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  39.5 °C = 103 F | Room Temperature 21.8 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-350
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35 °C / 95 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 37 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 35.6 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 37.4 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 34.1 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 31 °C / 88 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speaker

The front-sided speaker of HTC's Desire 626G Dual SIM produces a relatively acceptable sound that, however, is very tinny and treble-heavy especially in high volumes. The included headset provides a slightly better sound, but is very bass-heavy and uncomfortable in the ear. Generally, the smartphone renders an impeccable sound with agreeably low base noise via the 3.5 mm jack.

Battery Life

The battery life of HTC's Desire 626G Dual SIM with the 2000 mAh, non-removable battery is very good. The competition are all equipped with stronger batteries, but only LG's G4c (2540 mAh) stands out with considerably better runtimes. Sony's Xperia M4 Aqua (2400 mAh) is roughly on par with the review sample. Huawei's P8 lite (2200 mAh) shuts down sooner in every test. ZTE Blade S6 (2400 mAh) only lasts marginally longer than the approximately 6.5 hours of HTC's Desire 626G Dual SIM in the Wi-Fi browsing test with a brightness set to 150 cd/m² and enabled energy savings plan. Our review sample stopped running the Full HD video loop after 8 hours using an adapted brightness; only LG's G4c offers longer video enjoyment on-the-go. A fully charged battery should thus easily manage a typical workday of mixed applications.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
14h 38min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
6h 38min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
8h 15min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 40min
HTC Desire 626G dual sim
Mali-450 MP4, MT6592, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 8 GB eMMC Flash
ZTE Blade S6
Adreno 405, 615 MSM8939, 16 GB eMMC Flash
LG G4c
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Huawei P8 lite
Mali-450 MP4, Kirin 620, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Battery Runtime
4%
-8%
24%
-16%
H.264
495
518
5%
497
0%
709
43%
369
-25%
WiFi v1.3
398
420
6%
432
9%
457
15%
351
-12%
Load
220
221
0%
149
-32%
252
15%
194
-12%

Pros

+ Bright HD screen
+ Good color reproduction
+ Accurate touchscreen
+ Long battery life
+ Decent performance
+ Impeccable build
+ Good camera modules
+ Dual-SIM support

Cons

- Tight internal storage
- No App2SD
- Android 4.4.2 only
- No LTE or NFC

Verdict

In Review: HTC Desire 626G Dual SIM. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.de
In Review: HTC Desire 626G Dual SIM. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.de

So, what makes HTC's Desire 626G Dual SIM such a good smartphone? Well, the device has quite a lot to offer for about 280 Euros (~$305). More specifically, the bright, rich-color, 5-inch HD display, the accurate touchscreen, the long-lasting battery and decent camera modules give reason for joy. The impeccable build and smooth performance in everyday use are also convincing - the same as the dual-SIM functionality. If an update to the latest Android 5.1 were to be rolled out soon, there would not be much room for complaint. The main point of criticism is the inadequate internal storage of roughly 5 GB (net), especially since the smartphone does not support App2SD. Storage expansion via micro-SD card only helps music or video fans. The lack of LTE and NFC, and the Wi-Fi module that only transmits in the 2.4 GHz network are easier to tolerate.

HTC provides a well-configured, colorful model with a decent price-performance ratio in the 300-Euros (~$327) price range with its Desire 626G Dual SIM.

All comparison devices mentioned in the test are generally worth considering. Potential buyers should primarily take a closer look at Huawei's P8 lite before making a final decision.

HTC Desire 626G dual sim - 07/30/2015 v4(old)
Michael Moser

Chassis
75%
Keyboard
69 / 75 → 92%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
48 / 60 → 80%
Weight
93%
Battery
91%
Display
82%
Games Performance
56 / 63 → 89%
Application Performance
33 / 70 → 47%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
66 / 91 → 73%
Camera
74%
Average
74%
83%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Michael Moser, 2015-08- 5 (Update: 2018-05-15)