More affordable 4G Smartphones have been hitting the market. As more countries are 4G capable, it only makes sense to churn out cheaper 4G models to appeal and target the budget market. The HTC Desire 510 does not have the best hardware specs, but it makes it up with 4G capability and cheap price tag.
Credits : Thanks to Jack (another tech fanatic) for this phone to play with! This set was bought at SGD 200.
Design & Hardware The Desire 510 features a 4.7 inch 854 x 480 resolution display with a PPI of 208. The Desire 510 display is not very sharp, and the colors are a little warm. The brightness of the screen doesn’t seem so bright and it might have some visibility issues if used in the sun. The display is enough for normal usage but don’t expect it to be very clear.
The back of the phone has a smooth matt plastic material which was a little slippery to the touch. I suggest using a case with it as it is really slippery for me. Although the phone has a 4.7 inch display, it is actually longer because of the added chin for the HTC branding. The volume rocker is on the right side and power button at the top left. Having to reach the power button at the top was a little annoying and I always mistook the volume rocker as the power button.
Unlike the HTC M8, this phone does not feature front facing speakers. Instead the speakers is situated on the back which sounds adequate and loud. Removing the back cover is access to the battery, micro SD card slot and SIM tray slot. As this model has 8GB internal capacity, it will be good to get a micro SD card which supports up to 128GB.
Software & Performance At time of use, the Desire 510 is running on Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat. It is said that Desire 510 will be getting the lollipop treatment so keep your eyes peeled. Same as most HTC phones, it has Sense UI built on top of Android. Sense UI does not come with many bloatware, the UI is quite clean and it is easy to navigate. Blinkfeed is one of the feature of Sense UI which is essentially something like Flipboard where you can access news and articles from various sites. Fortunately it can be toggled off if you do not like Blinkfeed to be part of the homescreen. Navigating through the homescreen is generally smooth and apps launches with no noticeable problems.
Although Desire 510 has mid range specs, it handled games pretty well. I tested with 2 games namely Drone: Shadow strike and Asphalt 8. Gameplay was smooth on Shadow Strike and no lag was observed. Loading times was a little longer by 1-1.5 secs compared to OnePlus One. Asphalt 8 performs well but it has noticeable lower frame rate and is not as smooth compared to OnePlus One. The Desire 510 can handle light gaming but don’t expect it to handle it like flagship phones.
One feature of the Desire 510 is the ability to switch the phone to simplified mode for older folks to use with ease. It turns the phone home screen to grid buttons which is much easier to navigate and easier to see.
Battery Powering this device is a modest 2100 mAh battery. Using the phone with moderate usage lasted me till 20 – 30% by the end of the day. My usage pattern includes surfing the internet, messaging, checking emails and light gaming. Screen on time averages between 3 – 3.5 hours. Other testing includes playing Asphalt 8 for an hour straight drained the battery by 35%, and YouTube streaming at half brightness for an hour drained the battery by 30%. As this is a 4G phone, surfing the web using 4G might drain the battery faster than on a 3G network. Depending on usage, getting a day’s worth of battery life shouldn’t be a problem if you use in moderation. Camera One thing I noticed is that the shutter speed is very fast. The moment I tap on the capture button, the image is grabbed the next second. Apart from that, it has a 5 MP camera which is expected for a low priced phone. Let the pictures below do the talking.
Conclusion Although this phone cannot compare to flagship phones, It has 4G capability and a cheap price tag. The hardware and display is definitely sufficient for normal daily usage and throughout my use of the Desire 510, I am quite pleased to say the least. But hey, It’s cheap and you get what you pay for. For those who don’t want to fork lots of money for flagship phones, but want something with 4G and the ability to handle normal everyday tasks, this phone might be the one for you.
|HTC Desire 510|
|Dimensions||5.51 x 2.75 x 0.39 inches|
|Screen Size||4.7 inches|
|Resolution||480 x 854|
|Back Camera||5 megapixels|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 400|
|Processor||1.2 GHz Quad Core|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth 4.0 / WI-FI (802.11 b/g/n)|
|Storage||8 GB (with expendable micro SD slot up to 128 GB|
|Battery||2100 mAh removable|