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HTC Desire 530

alaTest has collected and analyzed 566 reviews of HTC Desire 530. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. People are impressed by the price and size. The portability and screen also get good feedback. There are some less positive views about the reliability and battery. There are some mixed views about the reception and sound.

usability, screen, portability, size, price

battery, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the HTC Desire 530 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : GSMArena team (

HTC One X9, HTC Desire 530, Desire 630, Desire 825: HTC at MWC 2016


One flagship and three mid-range smartphones. That's what HTC brought to the MWC 2016 table and here are our first impressions of the devices.

Feb, 2016

Expert review by : Andreas Kilian (

HTC Desire 530 Smartphone Review


Everyone's Desire? HTC offers a new smartphone in the 200-Euro (~$222) category. The Desire 530 aims to impress buyers with a unique design, decent cameras and unusually good sound among other things. Our test reveals whether the smartphone can fulfill...

micro-SD card can be used as system storage ; latest Android Marshmallow ; accurate touchscreen ; reliable GPS module ; LTE support ; good call quality via earpiece ; good sound via headset jack ; decent battery life ; smooth to use Android user interface

total performance below average ; relatively big casing ; primary camera quality middling ; quiet microphone in hands-free mode ; WiFi only in 2.4 GHz band ; no Miracast, MHL or USB OTG support ; no notification LED ; non-removable battery ; screen's...

Whether HTC's attempt at making a unique design statement with the Desire 530 has been successful is probably a matter of taste. Regardless of that, the casing pleases with its decent build and good hardware buttons. However, it hardly conveys a...

Jun, 2016

Expert review by : Ilse Jurriën (

HTC Desire 530 now available at T-Mobile


HTC Desire 530 smartphone available in the US : The recently launched HTC Desire 530 is now available in the US. The Android smartphone is currently being sold by the manufacturer itself and through T-Mobile. The smartphone lets you stand out with a...

T-Mobile currently sells the Desire 530 for $159.99. In addition the carrier offers various subscriptions, like 24-months contract for $6.67 a month and a free phone. Soon the phone will also be available through Verizon. New device purchase requires a...

Jul, 2016

Expert review by : Rich Woods (

HTC Desire 530 review: A Sense-able budget phone


The HTC Desire 530 offers up a Snapdragon 210 chipset, 1.5GB RAM, an 8MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, and an HD display, all for under $200, but is it worth it? Find out here.

Normally, I'd end a review by stating whether or not I'd recommend purchasing the device. For the HTC Desire 530, there are a couple conditions that you must meet for me to recommend this phone.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Jason Million (

HTC Desire 530: Great Paint Job with A Lot to Be Desired [Review]


I have always been a fan of the design decision usually brings to the table whether it's the Desire Eye to the latest flagship the HTC 10 , they tend to try something new when others are pretty much afraid. Sometimes you want a different style from...

I’m usually pleased with HTC devices for the most part but the Desire 530 is a disappointing affair. Its display is pretty weak outdoors, its processing power is abysmal and it just seems to take long to upload anything. Its true saving grace is its...

Aug, 2016

Expert review by : By Jason Cipriani (

HTC Desire 530 review: An affordable phone you should pass on


Sluggish performance and screen that fails to impress make this a bad deal at any price.

It's cheap ; Camera does an okay job ; microSD card support

very, very slow performance ; horrible battery life ; dim display

Sluggish performance and screen that fails to impress aren’t worth the low price tag.

Aug, 2016

Expert review by : Philip Michaels (

HTC Desire 530 Review: More Drip Than Splash


HTC's Desire 530 is not without its charms, even beyond the phone's low price tag. Both cameras deliver better photos than you might think, you get a full day's worth of power, and the Boomsound feature delivers pretty good sound through headphones.

Cameras take solid photos, particularly selfies ; Above-average battery life ; Audiophiles will like the Soundboom feature

Terrible performance ; Display is hard to see outdoors ; Micro splash design fails to wow

HTC's Desire 530 tries to attract budget shoppers with a decent camera and good battery life, but its gaudy design, display and performance disappoint.

Jul, 2016

Expert review by : Jeph Preece (

HTC Desire 530 Review


Nobody expects a sub-$200 product to compete with the world's top smartphones, and it would be unfair to review the HTC Desire 530 as though its only competition were $700 flagships. There are, after all, plenty of other phones out there for around the...

The Desire 530 feels solid and dependable in your hand, thanks to a smooth, well-machined plastic shell.

Its processor is a travesty in this day and age, so slow that even basic scrolling through text is a laggy, frustrating experience.

HTC kept the Desire 530’s price down by sacrificing its display and processor, the two critical components you need for a remotely decent phone experience. You’re better off buying a refurbished flagship than you are a new 530.

Jul, 2016

Expert review by : Edwin (

HTC Desire 530 set to hit the US


HTC is a name that many of us are familiar with, especially where their range of smartphones are concerned. The Taiwanese company has churned out its fair share of winners in the past, although in recent times, they have not exactly been bouncing off...

The HTC Desire 530 is all set to roll out in the US, where it will be specially customized to arrive with a uniquely created micro splash effect on the polycarbonate shell, ensuring that every single handset that is sold to the masses will not only be...

Jul, 2016

Expert review by : S21 (

HTC Desire 530 review


The HTC Desire 530 would make an excellent entry-level Android phone. Unfortunately, it's been priced at around £150 sim free, which is far too expensive for a phone of this type. If the price drops, it will become a good choice, thanks to its nice...

The HTC Desire 530 is a good entry-level phone that has been over-optimistically priced by HTC. Selling at £150 off-contract, it's severely over-priced at the time of launch. That's a shame, because the phone is nicely-styled, and has a great mix of...

Apr, 2016

Product Specifications


Battery Capacity:2200
Battery performance:2200
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):9
Continuous audio playback time:84
Continuous video playback time:10
Standby time (3G):696
Talk time (3G):14

Call Management

Call divert:Y / Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing:Y / Yes
Vibrating alert:Y / Yes


Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):5
Main camera resolution (numeric):8
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8
Rear camera type:Single camera
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:5
Self-timer:Y / Yes
Sensor Type:BSI
Smile detection:Y / Yes
Video recording:Y / Yes


Color of product:Graphite, Grey / Grey / White
Form Factor:Bar


Display Diagonal:5
Display Resolution:1280 x 720
Display Type:LCD
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Pixel density:294
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen type:Capacitive


Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y / Yes
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes


Internal RAM:1.5


Chat:Y / Yes
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes


Audio formats supported:AAC, AMR, MID, MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV, WMA
Video compression format:3G2, 3GP, AVI, MP4, WMV
Video formats supported:3G2,3GP,AVI,MP4,WMV


Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y / Yes


2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:850,900,2100
3G standards:UMTS
4G bands supported:700,800,850,1700,1900,2500
4G standard:LTE
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.1
Near Field Communication (NFC):Y / Yes
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Other Features

Google applications:Google Maps,Google Play,YouTube

Packaging Content

Quick start guide: Yes


Ambient light sensor: Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:6.0 (Marshmallow)
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calculator, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list
Personalization:Icons, Menu, Shortcuts
Proximity sensor: Yes
Subscription type:No subscription
Support for contact groups:Y / Yes
Video call:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB connector type:Micro-USB
USB port:Y
USB version:2.0


Processor cores:4
Processor family:Qualcomm Snapdragon
Processor frequency:1.1
Processor model:210


Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:6 / 6.0 (Marshmallow)


Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC, MicroSDXC / MicroSD (TransFlash),MicroSDHC,MicroSDXC
Internal RAM:1.5 / 1536
Internal storage capacity:16
Maximum memory card size:2000
RAM capacity:1.5
USB mass storage:Y / Yes


Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Google applications:Google Maps, Google Play, YouTube


Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Height:5.78 / 5.79