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Informr score
The HTC Desire 610 currently has an Informr score of 6.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Decent performance during basic tasks
  • Good battery life
  • Sturdy build quality

What's bad

  • Very low resolution screen
  • Poor camera
  • Bad viewing angles

After releasing the One M8, HTC shifted its focus to the more mid-range market with the Desire 610. There's no mistaking that the Desire 610 is marketed to the budget crowd. It's outer shell is made entirely of two-tone plastic. The back cover offers a glossy plastic that reviewers noticed gathered fingerprints rather quickly. The front and sides offer a matte plastic, which Trusted Reviews states, "…prevent[s] the HTC Desire 610 from slipping through your fingers…[and] gives the phone a stylish charm." While it might be made of plastic, critics note that it overall is well-built and sturdy.

Although it only has a 4.7-inch screen, its dimensions are fairly chunky at 5.6 x 2.8 x 0.4 inches. Most of this additional size is due to the large bezels surrounding the display and the inclusion of speakers above and below it. Despite its size, experts were surprised at how comfortable it was to hold and use for extended amounts of time.

As mentioned, the display measures 4.7-inches and provides a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels for an overall pixel density of 234ppi. While the display provided accurate colors, reviewers noticed significant fuzziness in text and icons, more viewing angles and mediocre brightness. For them, the flaws outweighed any potential positives the display might offer.

Inside the Desire 610 is a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. While not top-of-the-line, it ran smoothly enough for reviewers when scrolling through menus or browsing the web. They only ran into issues when playing intensive games or when multi-tasking. The battery life is on par with other devices, and reviewers were able to eke out 2 days of light usage and around 1 day of moderate to heavy use. Internal storage is limited to 8GB though there is an expandable microSD slot that accepts up to 64GB.

Experts suggest budding phoneographers look elsewhere for a decent camera. The Desire 610 offers an unimpressive 8MP rear camera and while MP count isn't everything, image quality fell flat. Even in good lighting situations, critics were unable to capture finer details or proper exposure for their pictures and moderate-to-low light led to grainy and more smudged details.

Despite its accessible price, many reviewers have a hard time recommending the HTC Desire 610. CNET states, "Although the Desire 610 is affordable, its uninspiring specs mean it's still not cheap enough." PC Advisor adds, "We like the phone, but when you compare it with close rivals, it becomes more difficult to give it a hearty recommendation."

Operating system
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
8+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...

PC Magazine

Budget-friendly is no longer synonymous with low quality—even dipping down into the free-with-contract realm nets you a perfectly usable phone these days. But while lower-end phones like the Lucid 3 feature designs that are simply tolerable, the HTC Desire 612 is distinctive and, dare I say, d...

- Eugene Kim, PC Magazine

There was a time, back in Android’s early days, when any $350 phone that worked reasonably well would have been a triumph. But those days are long gone, and if you’re looking to save money on an AT&T-supported phone, you have several better options than the HTC Desire 610.For the sam...

- Jared Newman, PCWorld
PC Magazine

The HTC Desire 610 is one of the most affordable, modern Android smartphones on AT&T at the moment. It offers good performance for the price and has some useful features that aren't a given in the budget realm, like nice front-facing speakers and up-to-date Android software. That said, there are...

- Eugene Kim, PC Magazine
Android Authority

The HTC Desire 610 is available now from AT&T for just 99 cents with a two-year contract, but can also be picked up at its full price of $200, which is a price point that gives the Moto G a run for its money. While the display may not be as good, the Desire 610 does offer LTE connectivity, which...

- Lanh Nguyen, Android Authority

The HTC Desire 610 will appeal to anyone looking for a reasonably priced all-rounder to use for browsing the web, taking good photos, emailing, texting, making phone calls, playing casual games and running Android apps.The HTC Sense software is sleek and easy to use and you'll be satisfied with the...

- Ashleigh Allsopp, Computerworld

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Common Questions

HTC released the Desire 610 on May 23, 2014.

We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the HTC Desire 610 user manual here.

HTC backs up the Desire 610 with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.

If your Desire 610 has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact HTC support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find HTC's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.


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Screen Size

The HTC Desire 610's screen size is 4.7 inches with 540 x 960 pixels resolution.

1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

8+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

8 GB

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


The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2040 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 948 minutes.

Desire 610 Specs

Release date May 23, 2014
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/2100 MHz
2100/800/900/1800 /2600 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Head: 0.51 W/kg
Body: 1.16 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2040 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 600 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 948 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 27.1 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Red, White, Navy Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.3 x 7 x 1 cm (5.6 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 144 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 540 x 960 pixels
Pixel density 235 pixels
Size 4.7 inches
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 Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP, HFP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
Main Camera
8+ megapixels
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Panorama, White balance, HDR, Exposure value, Scenes
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
1+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AMR, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, AVI, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): HTC Desire 612

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