Specs summary

Screen
4.7"

The HTC Desire 510's screen is 4.7 inches with 854 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2100mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2100 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 26.9 days standby time, 960 minutes (2G), 1030 minutes (3G), 633 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



Reviews summary

5/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 10 reviews

What's good  

  • 4G LTE connectivity at low cost
  • Decent performance speed during basic tasks
  • Good build quality

What's bad  

  • Low res display leads to fuzzy texts and images
  • Poor bright light legibility
  • Poor camera quality

The Desire 510 is another smartphone in HTC's range of budget and mid-range smartphone lineup. As expected of a budget device, the 510 sports a completely plastic build with large bezels at the top and bottom of the screen. At 5.5 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches, it isn't the slimmest smartphone on the market and reviewers describe it as "chunky" but they add that it is still relatively ergonomic due to the smooth edges and additional thickness. Despite its all plastic build, critics were impressed with the overall build quality with CNET stating, "It definitely feels like it can take a few knocks and bumps."

Perhaps the most underwhelming feature of the 510 is the display. At 4.7 inches it only has a resolution of 480 pixels, which means a low pixel density of 208ppi. Experts immediately noticed some fuzziness when reading text and pixilation on images though they found it sharp enough for basic tasks like reading email and browsing the web. Unfortunately, they also noticed that viewing angles were very narrow with PC Mag noting, "…even from dead on, everything looks washed out and grainy."

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The Desire 510 is the first Android phone to ship with a 64-bit processor. It comes equipped with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. The new chipset, however, does little to actually increase the speed of the phone. In real-life testing, experts barely noticed any different in performance when compared to devices in a similar price range. While they didn't experience too much slowdown during basic tasks and navigating the UI, they did notice slowdown when they had multiple apps open at a time. Of course, consumers might not be able to download many apps as it only comes with 8GB of internal storage. Perhaps the biggest draw of the phone is its 4G LTE connectivity. Experts were happy with the download speeds and could quickly and easily connect without any issues. Battery life varies depending on usage, but experts were able to get a full day out of it with light usage.

As for the camera, reviewers were less than impressed with the 5MP shooter calling it a letdown and pointing out that it is only good for very basic photos meant to be shared only with friends and family.

While its low cost might seem enticing, experts are hesitant to recommend it. Phone Arena says, "As a whole, the 510 is a decent entry-level smartphone to have, but we cannot recommend it…The display is borderline unusable under direct light...[the] 5MP camera is unimpressive." TechRadar adds, "…if you want your smartphone to be more than just a portal to the internet, then you'll want to look elsewhere."


Reviews (5/10 Avg. rating)


PC Magazine

Under-delivers on most other fronts

from PC Magazine
Choices are far more limited on Boost Mobile than Sprint, but that doesn't do much to help the HTC Desire 510's cause. It's disappointing by nearly every measure, even if it only commands $100 off contract. Stepping down to $79 gets you a much nicer display on the Moto G$74.97 at Amazon, but you lose LTE in the bargain. Raising your budget to $150 gets the much nicer Sharp Aquos Crystal, which features a gorgeous, bezel-free 720p display. The Desire 510 can certainly work as a first smartphone, but it's flanked by better options on both ends of the price spectrum... Full review
GSMArena

An adequate package for the price

from GSMArena

The HTC Desire 510 is the kind of phone that's likely to be in high demand for a good while. Perhaps not the device itself, which will soon start dealing with growing competition, but the very concept of an affordable phone with the fastest network data will make more and more sense as 4G networks extend to even the emerging markets.

That said, the new generation Snapdragon 410 chipset powering the Desire 510 is the big piece of news but for the less obvious reason. With the greater eco-system yet to start switching to 64-bit processing. It's the inbuilt LTE modem that's giving Q... Full review

PC Magazine

Subpar display, paltry built-in storage

from PC Magazine
Simply put, the HTC Desire 510 is a feeble flag bearer for 64-bit on Android. Its display quality is marginal even for a low-end device, and it's hobbled out of the box thanks to nearly non-existent internal storage. The Desire 510 receives no clear benefit from its 64-bit processor. Skip this phone and grab the Sharp Aquos Crystal, which features a stunning design and great 720p display... Full review
TechRadar

HTC offers speedy 4G connectivity in a budget handset

from TechRadar
If you just want a phone for taking advantage of the new, super fast 4G network at a low price, then you'll be quite happy with the HTC Desire 510.However, if you want your smartphone to be more than just a portal to the internet, and to watch high definition media and take superb photos, then you'll want to look elsewhere – and probably consider spending a bit more money. .. Full review
Notebookcheck

Offers good overall performance and a decent gaming experience

from Notebookcheck
The HTC Desire 510 is a good 4.7-inch smartphone which isn't really missing any features despite the low MSRP of 200 Euro. Equipped with a Quadcore SoC and Android 4.4.3, the Desire 510 offers good overall performance and a decent gaming experience as well. We appreciate the high build quality and the wireless modules, which not only support GMS and UMTS, but also allow fast Internet connectivity thanks to LTE... Full review
PhoneArena

Solid build with fast performance

from PhoneArena

There are two things we outright don't like about the HTC Desire 510, and these happen to be its camera and display. The display is borderline unusable under direct sunlight, and the image looks washed out. A fixed-focus 5MP camera is very unimpressive in 2014, but its quality is absolutely disappointing.

These things aside, the phone is a joy to use, because its comfortable and reliable. The Desire is nicely put together, and exceptionally speedy for an entry-level smartphone. HTC's Android interface remains one of the best out there in terms of look and feel, and the battery l... Full review

Tech Advisor

A new budget 4G-compatible phone that rivals the likes of the Moto G

from Tech Advisor
It's a shame about the screen and the cameras on the HTC Desire 510, because aside from that it's a strong contender in the budget smartphone market. We're looking forward to putting the Desire 510 through some speed test to see how it compares with rivals, though... Full review
Recombu

HTC’s most affordable smartphone so far

from Recombu
The HTC Desire 510 is the latest phone to offer 4G for cheap, but with some slick LTE rivals like the EE Kestrel and the Motorola Moto G 4G to contend with, the Desire has a lot to prove.We quite like the Desire's design, although it isn't as handy for one-handed use as the Moto and the Kestrel, and the screen and camera are ultimately a little disappointing. Still, some slick performance and excellent battery life make it a handy portable pal, if you're not too bothered about watching video on the move. .. Full review

HTC Desire 510 is a terrible cellphone it has not storage and many other problems

June 30, 2015 Time: 4:52pm Boost Mobile HTC Desire 510 cellphone I am beginning to hate this "Boost Mobile" HTC Desire 510 cellphone that I bought with their monthly unlimited talk and text, & data. 1. On the home screen there is a lock and the icon locks without you locking it and you can not ac... More
June 30, 2015 Time: 4:52pm Boost Mobile HTC Desire 510 cellphone I am beginning to hate this "Boost Mobile" HTC Desire 510 cellphone that I bought with their monthly unlimited talk and text, & data. 1. On the home screen there is a lock and the icon locks without you locking it and you can not access your cellphone! 2. When you access your cellphone from the home page, it always takes you to a Wi-Fi history! 3. You also have difficulty making calls and people can barely hear you talking! 4. You have difficulty with the volume controls on the phone! 5. The speaker button muffles the calls, you can barely hear the person talking and they can barely hear you! 6. When you send text messages, the keys are so small that you can not text. You text workds that you have not chosen and it seems that the correction underlines constantly in red. Also, when you type text messages words that are correct, underlines as not correct! 7. This cellphone also has no auto-word on it! 8. When trying to text you are constantly prompted to make calls instead of texting! 9. If you want storage space, please do not buy this cellphone. I have had it for less than a month and the phone has no pictures, no apps, no videos, no anything, but a few bookmarked sites and I am getting notices that say "phone storage is low", "increase storage space by deleting apps and files you don't need"! This is bull!! This phone does not have 2.99 GB. This is fraudlent information that HTC is using to sale this cellphone. This is not a good cellphone to purchase unless you want to have major problems with simple functions! Less

I hate this phone

As a user of this phone for just under two months now I couldn't be more dissipointed. The screen us temperamental and that's putting it nicely, so far it's take me at least 10 minutes to write this review as the screen often clicks on things nowhere near where you have touched. The camera is poor q... More
As a user of this phone for just under two months now I couldn't be more dissipointed. The screen us temperamental and that's putting it nicely, so far it's take me at least 10 minutes to write this review as the screen often clicks on things nowhere near where you have touched. The camera is poor quality, I'm not a camera critic I just wanted something where I would be able to take nice photos which weren't blurry but after purchasing the phone I soon realised how grainy the camera really was resulting in me not taking any photographs as I am embarrassed to show the pictures to anyone. Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date September 23, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, Asia, Europe, North America
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/2100 MHz
LTE:
800/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass No
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.86 W/kg
Body: 0.48 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2100 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 594 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 633 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
960 minutes (2G)
1030 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 26.9 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Meridian Gray, Terra White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.0 x 7.0 x 1.0 cm
(5.5 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 158 grams
(5.6 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 854 x 480 pixels
Pixel Density 208 pixels
Size 4.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash No
Additional Rear Camera Info Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Exposure value, HDR
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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