HTC Desire 520 is an affordable smartphone that packs in some specs and features that are somewhat beyond its price range. The device features an impressive quad-core processor and offers mega-fast LTE connectivity as well as the best of Android experience.
Design and Screen
Just as you would expect of an HTC device, the Desire 520 features a pleasant unibody design with a polycarbonate chassis. It looks solid enough to be able to withstand a bit of rugged handling. The phone is available in steel gray. It stuffs in a 4.5-inch touchscreen with an FWVGA resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, which is just about what you would expect in a budget smartphone. While its resolution might not be out of this world, the display should offer acceptable clarity given its somewhat small size.
Camera and Storage
HTC Desire 520 packs in an impressive 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and autofocus, which should enable you take amazing photos for an affordable price. You get decent selfie-taking capability with the 2-megapixel front-facing shooter. With 8 GB of onboard storage, the Desire 520 offers enough storage space for storing your photos, videos and documents. There is also a microSD card slot to enable you had more storage space, if you happen to be content-hungry type.
Performance and Operating System
Packing a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor running at speeds of 1.1 GHz, HTC Desire 520 looks capable of delivering seamless gaming and video playback experience as well as enjoyable multitasking. Support is provided to the processor by a manageable 1 GB of RAM. Equally notable is the Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system on which the Desire 520 runs; compare that to the Android 5.0 Lollipop software used for the higher-end flagship HTC One M9 – the successor of 2014 flagship One M8, which has also received a refresh in HTC One M8s. The OS is overlaid with HTC Sense user interface.
HTC Desire 520 is supplied with a 2000mAh battery that should capitalise on the moderate screen size and resolution to support long hour use. The device maker’s signature app Zoe lets you bring your story to life by combining your favourite images and videos with music in highlights. You are also in for awesome mobile data speeds with the phone 4G LTE support.
Pricing and Availability
It appears HTC Desire 520 is headed to the United States and its international availability is somewhat a mystery for now. There has also not been a word on the price for now, but it is the most affordable among the four new smartphones recently unveiled by HTC. So, with the simultaneously-announced, 5-inch HTC Desire 626s going for $170 (slightly less than N34,000), the Desire 520 is expected to cost about N30,000, or less, using current high exchange rate.
– 4.5-inch FWVGA display
– 8MP rear camera and 2MP selfie camera
– Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor
– 1GB RAM
– Android 5.1 Lollipop with HTC Sense skin
– 8 GB of storage, with microSD card slot
– 2000mAh battery
– 4G LTE support
UPDATE: Corrected an erroneous comparison to the processor that powers the HTC One M9.