Excitement isn’t always at the top of the smartphone pricing pyramid. It is sometimes found at the lowest segment of the industry which holds the bulk of the smartphone production by the various firms (picturing the figure as an upright pyramid).
When it was being released earlier this month, HTC Desire 530 wasn’t priced yet. Despite that being the case, it is evident that it’s going to be a budget smartphone since it fits the description aptly.
Just like the heavy hitters, affordable phones nowadays have a tendency of offering something unique that gives the impression that whatever the customer is getting is worth more than what they are asked to pay for it. In the case of Desire 530, it is the chance at being unique with phone designs that are never the same.
Since phone displays are only physically differentiated by size (in most cases and especially in the budget section of our pyramid), it is the back which gives more leeway for customizations. These come in the form of color, texture, curvature and artistic impressions. HTC employs a design concept that leans towards spontaneous art of splatter. It is very mild art I must say, consisting of the entire back surface being speckled with what appears to be paint. The idea is that every unit will ship with a different pattern of the speckles which also bear different colors and sizes. I like this particular detail because it communicates fun and drives away the dull marquee looks that most phones evoke.
This phone also comes with a lanyard slot which can be used to attach the phone to a strap that can then be fastened on the wrist or swung around the neck. This technology is common for compact cameras but is always helpful to keep the phone from dropping especially when in a protest rally or undertaking a vigorous activity. Damaging the phone is not too hard to contemplate since it is built using plastic and the front does not have protection of hardened glass. A cover or screen protector can still be employed to reinforce against damage as has become the practice for most users.
Most importantly, the size of the phone is just right for holding with one hand and therefore making it harder to slip off; not that it is too fragile as not to survive a drop. Working on the 5- inch HD LCD is convenient compared to the experience of a phablet since it gives you the ability to text while holding your coffee cup on the breakfast table.
Right out of the box, it boots Android 6.0 Marshmallow which is the latest operating system (at the time of its release). It has the useful app drawer to easily access your apps with top- down scrolling. For users like myself who have used Windows phone operating system, this is familiar but some users might not find this as comfortable as right- to- left scrolling. A budget grade processor in the form of Qualcomm MSM8909 Snapdragon 210 is inserted inside the Desire 530 with 1.5 GB of RAM for managing the tasks.
Its camera sensors include an 8 megapixel at the back and 5 megapixel unit on the front. The primary camera has an LED flash, captures HDR photos, supports touch focus and face detection.
Internal storage space of 16 GB is used for files and apps. In terms of power utilization, the processor does not utilize a lot of energy resources which might make the 2200 mAh battery last a whole day.
In conclusion this phone has all the hallmarks of an entry level phone which can be good for beginners and users who are not inclined to spend a lot on a smartphone but would still want to have convenience of owning one. It is a stylish phone and together with the lanyard slot will certainly appeal to young people.
|Dimensions (LxWxD)||146.9 x 70.9 x 8.3 mm
|OS||Android OS, 6.0 Marshmallow|
|Processor||1.1 GHz Quad-core Cortex A7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset
|Internal storage||16 GB|
|External storage||Micro SD, up to 200 GB|
|Screen size||5.0 inches|
|Resolution||720 x 1280 pixels (HD)|
|Pixel density||294 ppi|
|Screen type||Super LCD capacitive, 16M colors|
|SIM||Nano SIM (Optional Dual SIM)|
|Speed||3G Up to 42.2 Mbps DL, 5.76 Mbps UL
LTE Up to 150 Mbps DL, 50 Mbps UL
|Battery||2200 mAh Li-Ion|
|Camera||8 MP autofocus, LED flash
5 MP front-facing