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HTC Desire 610
The HTC Desire 610 will soon hit our shores, and if the user reviews around the World are anything to go by, it’s going to be a hit. It sports a large 4.4” screen, stereo speakers, 4G, and an 8MP camera.
The only thing to do in order to have this phone flying off the shelves is to get the price right, and they have in other countries. Let us hope that they do the same here. The problem is that the perception is that the U.K. market can bear higher prices.
The screen itself is a touch screen with 16M colours, 540x960 pixels giving a ppi of about 234. This is more than enough to watch videos and take pictures with no juddering at all. By the way, the video take HD videos, so that is a bonus. The phone also has HTC’s Sense UI version 5.5, not the latest version six that came out with the HTC One Mini 2.
The phone comes with KitKat 4.4.2, a 1.2GHz quadcore Snapdragon 400 processor and up to 16 hours talk time. The speakers are the Boomsound speakers found on the HTC One Mini 2 and are loud crisp and clear, and a clear asset when making calls or watching videos.
The phone sports an interesting feature – it creates short films out of your pics and videos based on a theme, and you can add effects to the movie as well. Great for watching those rock concert or holiday collections.
The phone also has microUSB, so storage can be upgraded to 128 GB, and has 8GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM. The phone also has version 4 of Bluetooth with A2DP and Wi-F- b/g/n, but not the latest ac mode.
From the goodies bag, we can produce geo-tagging, touch focus; face detection, simultaneous HD and image recording and HDR, which is great to have to have your pics “pop” out with excellent colour depth. It also has an accelerometer and a proximity detector.
On the application front, the phone comes with Google search, YouTube, calendar, maps, talk, search and Gmail (you can see a theme running here). There is also an organiser, document viewer and photo editor and last nut not least voice commands.
All in all a good phone with all the bells and whistles you would expect from a phone at a reasonable price point (yet to be discovered). Its main rivals are the LG G2 Mini and the Sony Xperia M2. One comment on the board was “it completes me”, so take it from there…