Specs summary

Screen
4.7"

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

Processor
1.2GHz

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

OS

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

Camera
8+ MP

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

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

Storage
8 GB

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

Battery
2040mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2040 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 27.1 days standby time, 948 minutes (2G), 948 minutes (3G).



The HTC Desire 610 may be affordable, with an iPhone 5C-style plastic body, but its mediocre specs and poor screen resolution mean it's still not a good buy.

- Andrew Hoyle , Cnet 

A colorful smartphone with good performance and few weaknesses.

- Michael Moser , Notebookcheck 

Reviews summary

6.6/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 10 reviews

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.

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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."


Reviews (6.6/10 Avg. rating)


PC Magazine

A great entry-level Android smartphone

from 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, desirable. Strong battery life and a high-quality display sweeten the deal, but you'll have to settle for mediocre camera quality. Between this and the also free-on-contract Lucid 3, I'd take the Desire 612. It's one of the best low-cost phones on Verizon Wireless. Just be sure to scope out deals... Full review

PCWorld

A budget phone without a purpose

from PCWorld

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 same $350 price, the Nexus 5 has a sharper, larger, higher-quality display, double the storage, a halfway decent camera and one of the best software experiences of any Android phone. You could also spend just $180—a little over half the price—and get the Moto G, which is also... Full review

PC Magazine

Offers a modern Android experience for little cash

from 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 some shortcomings here worth mentioning, most notably a painfully low-quality display. Right now you can get the Amazon Fire Phone for the same 99 cents—it's not perfect by any means, and not really a true Android phone, but it's supremely well built and a significantly nicer device than t... Full review

Android Authority

HTC's signature features in a budget-friendly package

from 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 makes it stand out in the crowd of similar low-end smartphones.

So there you have it – our review of the HTC Desire 610! If you’re in the market for the latest and greatest, this certainly isn’t what you’re looking for. But if you’re looking for a device... Full review

Computerworld

Good all-round mid-range smartphone with a price tag that's just a tad too high

from Computerworld

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 battery life. We really enjoyed our time with the HTC Desire 610 and don't have any real qualms aside from the large bezels and slightly disappointing display.

We like the phone, but when you come to compare it with close rivals, it becomes more difficult to give it a heart... Full review

Tech Advisor

Good all-round mid-range smartphone that's just a tad overpriced

from Tech Advisor

Overall, 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 battery life. We really enjoyed our time with the HTC Desire 610 and don't have any real qualms aside from the large bezels and slightly disappointing display.

We like the phone, but when you come to compare it with close rivals, it becomes more difficult to give i... Full review

Pocketnow

A great take on the budget smartphone

from Pocketnow

All things considered, the Desire 610 is a nice budget entry from HTC. It isn’t the biggest, baddest smartphone on the market, and it’s not even the best value around; both the Moto G and Moto E are seriously tough competitors when it comes to what you get for your money.

The biggest drawbacks of the 610 will be the display and camera experience, both of which are particularly bad. Oh, and it’s a pretty serious fingerprint magnet. But performance, storage options, and even the build of the phone are straight down the middle of the road, which is perfectly in lin... Full review

Cnet

A cheap Android KitKat phone, with a fun design and 4G LTE

from Cnet
Although the Desire 610 is affordable, its uninspiring specs -- in particular, its low resolution display -- means it's still not cheap enough. It offers very little over the Motorola Moto G, which also has Android KitKat and a quad-core processor, but has a higher resolution screen and a much cheaper price tag.Unless you desperately want the Boomsound speakers or the slightly better camera, the Moto G is the much more sensible option. .. Full review
Notebookcheck

An overall convincing package

from Notebookcheck

HTC mixes up the mini-smartphone segment with their Desire 610. The phone is equipped with a sufficiently bright and evenly lit 4.7-inch TFT display with a very good viewing angle stability. The touchscreen is a delight, as it is very exact and works well even in the corners. We also like the build quality, although the glossy and somewhat slippery back doesn't quite fit in. Other positive aspects are the fast quad-core SoC, which allows for great overall as well as gaming performance. The smartphone runs the current Android 4.4 KitKat. The internal flash drive is also quite fast, although... Full review

TrustedReviews

HTC's answer to 4G on a reasonable budget

from TrustedReviews

The Desire 610 is a solid all-rounder. The screen isn't as sharp as we’d like, but the camera is decent and the design is quirky and charming, though perhaps a tad larger than we'd like for a 4.7-inch phone. Its main problem, however, is it's a little pricey considering the wealth of excellent (and often cheaper) alternatives.

Overall, most people won't be disappointed with this phone, but it's not one you should rush out and buy. The HTC Desire 610 is a good phone, but it has to compete with some exceptionally good value phones. At current prices there are better options, but... Full review

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date May 23, 2014
Regions available USA, United Kingdom, Europe, North America
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/900/1800 /2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 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 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
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2040 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 600 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time Unknown
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
948 minutes (2G)
948 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 27.1 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Navy Blue, Red, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.3 x 7.0 x 1.0 cm
(5.6 x 2.8 x 0.4 in)
Weight 144 grams
(5.1 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates 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
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, HTML 5
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, OPP/FTP, HFP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (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 Yes
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Panorama, White balance, HDR, Exposure value, Scenes
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera  
Resolution 1+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
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 Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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