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HTC Desire 610
HTC Desire 610
HTC Desire 610
HTC Desire 610
HTC Desire 610
HTC Desire 610

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
Operating system
1.2 GHz
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
Screen Size
8+ MP
8+ MP
2040 mAh

What the Critics Are Saying...

PC Magazine
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
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
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

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+ MP 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
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
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Mobile / Cellular Data
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
SIM card size
Dual SIM 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
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 128 GB)
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Main Camera
Resolution / Aperture
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
Resolution / Aperture
1+ Megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
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
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
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 (Cellular) Unknown
Talk Time Up to 948 minutes
Standby Time Up to 27.1 days
Mixed Usage
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
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
Headset Jack 3.5mm
External Speakers Yes
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Input / Keyboard Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Additional Information Other Names (AKA): HTC Desire 612
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