HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM, as you could easily have guessed from the name, is the dual-SIM variant of the Desire 626 smartphone launched back in 2015. The nice-looking device is designed to appeal to photography enthusiasts and is pushed along by an octa-core processor.
Design and Display
This midrange smartphone no doubt looks appealing, with HTC describing the style as ‘high-def’. The design language is unchanged from what offerings in the Desire range are known for. What you may find a tad disappointing is that the body is made of plastic. The HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM parades a dual-colour scheme and has soft-touch matte edges for sure grip. It packs a similar display as the regular variant – a 5-inch touchscreen with an HD resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels and pixel density of about 294 ppi.
Looking at the spec sheet, this phone doesn’t seem to have anything over the regular Desire 626 in terms of cameras. HTC has decided to focus on this aspect all the same as a key selling point. On the rear of the HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM is a robust-looking 13-megapixel shooter LED flash and autofocus for spectacular shots in low-light conditions. The camera offers backside illumination and continuous shooting capability. The 5-megapixel snapper on the front looks quite promising for selfies as well, at least on paper. Both cameras supposedly offer Full HD (1,080p) video recording capability.
Hardware and Software
On the inside, the HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM is armed with an octa-core MediaTek MT6752 processor clocked at 1.8 GHz. One may not argue with the phone’s Taiwanese maker that this is a ‘powerful processor,’ but the choice could have been better since this chipset is about two years old. The 2 GB of RAM onboard should ensure you enjoy impressive performance all the same. Internal storage capacity is 16 GB, expandable by another 32 GB using a microSD card. By today’s standards, the Desire 626 Dual SIM is big disappointment software wise. It still boots the now-obsolete Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.
The smartphone is equipped with a fair 2,000mAh Li-Ion non-removable battery. It can house two SIM cards at the same time and offers dual standby capability. Blazing-fast LTE connectivity on offer makes for awesome mobile data speeds. Connectivity features also include microUSB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with hotspot and DLNA support.
The HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM sells in the price range N50,000-N65,000. Now, that price might not sound really prohibitive, but the phone will have it tough with cheaper devices such as new Meizu m3, Lenovo Vibe K5 and Xiaomi Redmi 3 around. These other devices also offer some better features at more affordable prices.
HTC Desire 626 Dual SIM at a Glance
– 5″ HD display
– 13MP AF rear and 5MP selfie cameras
– Octa-core MediaTek MT6752
– 2GB RAM
– 16GB onboard storage with microSD support
– Android 4.4 KitKat
– 2,000mAh battery
– Dual SIM
– 4G LTE