HTC Desire 610 review

HTC Desire 610 review: Hardware & performance

The HTC Desire 610 has a 4.7in display – smaller than the 5in display found on the HTC One M8 despite having a very similar overall size due to those large bezels we mentioned.

It's a real shame that the display is only 540 x 960 pixels, though, making a pixel density of 234 ppi (pixels per inch). That's higher than the Sony Xperia M2's 229ppi, but much lower than the excellent 445ppi of the Nexus 5 and even the Motorola Moto G's 326ppi, despite the higher price tag.

It's particularly disappointing when you spot the front-facing speakers, which combined with a good display would have made the HTC Desire 610 an excellent device for watching movies and TV while on the commute and for playing games.

Nonetheless the display will satisfy anyone looking to use the smartphone for browsing the web, emailing, making phone calls and sending texts, and running useful apps and casual games.

When it comes to the processor, the HTC Desire 610 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad-core processor, which is actually the same processor found in the budget Motorola G. It's coupled with 1GB RAM, and we found performance to be responsive, but when you consider the price difference between the Desire 610 and the Moto G (you'll save £100 if you buy the latter) it's a shame the HTC's offering doesn't boast a faster processor.

As expected, it's much less impressive than the Snapdragon 801 processor found in the HTC One M8, which has a clock speed of 2.3GHz coupled with 2GB of RAM.

During our benchmark tests, the HTC Desire 610 faired reasonably well. It averaged 1224ms in the SunSpider browser test, (though that's much slower than the Nexus 5's 801ms) and 1161 in the multi-core Geekbench 3 test. That's lower than the 2761 scored by its HTC One M8 sibling in the Geekbench test and the 2800 scored by the Nexus 5, but it's similar to the scores achieved by the Moto G and Sony Xperia Z2, though, which both sport the same Qualcomm processor.

In the GFXbench T-Rex graphics test, the HTC Desire 610 achieved 15s, which is similar to the Sony Xperia M2 and better than the Moto G.

Still, you'll find launching apps on the HTC Desire 610 smooth and quick, and shouldn't notice any lag while you're navigating through the device or using it to run apps. 

You'll get 8GB of built-in storage with the HTC Desire 610, but we're pleased to see that HTC has given the phone a microSD card slot that can be used to add an additional 128GB storage.

Connectivity includes 4G LTE and 3G compatibility, as well as NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac WiFi. It's not surprising to see a lack of additional features like an IR blaster which you'll find on HTC's pricier phones.

HTC Desire 610 review: Camera

We enjoyed using the camera on the HTC Desire 610 and were pleased with the results we were able to achieve. The smartphone sports two cameras, one on the rear and one on the front.

The rear-facing camera is 8Mp with an aperture of f/2.4 and an LED flash, which is comparable to the camera found on the Nexus 5. It's capable of capturing 1080p video, too.

The front-facing camera (ideal for selfies and video calls) is 1.3Mp and offers 720p video recording.

HTC Desire 610 camera app

HTC Desire 610 camera app

HDR mode is available while using HTC's camera app, as is a wide range of filters and effects including vignette, depth of field, vintage and grayscale. You can see a selection of photos we captured using the HTC Desire 610 below. Click the images to enlarge.

HTC Desire 610 camera test

Above: A photograph of St Pancras taken using the rear camera on the HTC Desire 610, using the normal setting. Below is a full size crop of the photograph. Detail and sharpness isn't great but unless you plan on zooming right in to your photograph or blowing it up to hang as a canvas on your wall you should be satisfied with the quality.

Below are further examples of the photographs we took using the HTC Desire 610.

HTC Desire 610 camera test

HTC Desire 610 camera test

HTC Desire 610 camera test

HTC Desire 610 camera test

When you want to take a look back over photographs you've taken using the HTC Desire 610, you'll find a gimmicky but fun video slideshow of your photographs playing at the top of the screen in the gallery app – part of the HTC Sense software which we talk more about below.

HTC's Zoe app offers an expanded version of those video slideshows, enabling you to create customised ones to share with friends. At time of writing, we were unable to test out the Zoe feature as launching the app resulted in a 'Coming Soon' screen.

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