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HTC Desire 530 Review

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What We Love

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Supports memory expansion up to 200GB
  • 4G LTE
  • HTC BoomSound profile


HTC Desire 530 is an entry level smartphone with a stylish design that stands out from other phones in the entry-level tier. The phone has a 5.0-inch display and comes running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. 1.1GHz quad-core processor powers it. Interestingly, the phone supports an external memory card of up to 200GB. When paired with Verizon Wireless plans, you get to enjoy unlimited calling and texting at affordable rates. Let's discover more as we get along with the review.



HTC Desire 530 is available for ordering from the Verizon Wireless website. The packaging includes the HTC Desire 530 gadget, a pair of headsets, lanyard, wall adapter, standard USB cable, quick reference guide, and warranty information.



The youthful design of the HTC Desire 530 is what impresses me. It has an all-around plastic body that curves in to meet the 5-inch front display. The slightly rounded corners make the device look nice.

The front panel is superbly designed. It has speaker grilles on the top and the bottom of the display; the top grilles are for the earpiece while the bottom grilles are for your microphone. You will also find the front camera and the proximity sensor on the top of the display. The bottom bezel shows the HTC logo.

The phone has the power button together with volume rockers on the right edge. The slots for the microSD card and Nano SIM are on the left edge. The top edge has room for the 3.5mm headset jack while the bottom edge hosts the microUSB connector.

The back panel is fixed, meaning HTC Desire 530 has a non-removable battery. The back cover is also home to the camera and the LED flash on the top, and the lanyard holes on the lower left corner. That sums up our tour around the hardware.



HTC Desire 530 includes some pretty decent cameras. An 8MP back camera that offers HDR, has support for autofocus and has a f/2.4 aperture. A 5MP front facing camera also does a great job on selfies and group photos.

The back lens is supported by a LED flash to allow you take shots in low light settings. The phone also has panorama mode which allows you take wide horizontal or vertical still images. For hands-free photo capture, the phone supports voice control and a timer.

Video recording quality is 720p at 30fps which I found to be nice for an entry level smartphone. The camera app has an average launch speed, but the interface is simple to understand.



The display on the HTC Desire 530 is a 5-inch Super LCD capacitive touch screen with a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution. The pixel density is at 294ppi which I found to be great because the photos and images show up brightly. The gadget lacks great viewing angles, but on direct focus to the screen, icons, pictures, and videos appeared to be sharp enough. The screen is incredibly responsive to touch and zoom.



The battery on the HTC Desire 530 is a 2200mAh. With just 5-inch on display and not so power intensive resources, the phone should see you through a normal work day. Since the battery is non-removable, HTC implemented power management in the hardware and software inside the HTC Desire 530 to ensure it gives you maximum usage.



HTC Desire 530 boasts an internal storage capacity of 16GB with about 10GB available for your use. One thing that totally impressed me is the possibility to expand the memory capacity up to 200GB with an external microSD card. Imagine the amount of data you can hold on a 200GB memory! And the internal storage is just impressive; it will take you some time to fill up the 10GB onboard storage completely.



The HTC Desire 530 performance is above average when compared to gadgets in this price range. This can be attributed to the resources it packs. What I liked most is the fact that it comes running Android 6.0 Marshmallow which is a very recent version in the Android ecosystem. This means the phone can multitask way better, support over a million apps on Google Play Store and comes with modern features such as Google Now. HTC Sense skin runs on top of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow which makes up for unique icons and the notification panel.

A 1.1GHz quad-core processor combined with 1.4GB of RAM powers the HTC Desire 530. These are quite impressive specs to find on an entry-level smartphone. Smooth animations available from Android Marshmallow show up nicely. The phone is not the fastest on app launch speeds but once apps are launched and are in the background, switching between them is fast.

Video streaming on YouTube or TV apps like Netflix worked fine thanks to the 4G LTE capabilities. While within your Verizon Wireless data plan, expect to enjoy faster internet services. Wi-Fi is also supported so you can connect to hotspots and enjoy free browsing. The phone has Bluetooth 4.1 for quick sharing of files between nearby devices.

Sound performance on the HTC Desire 530 is one other thing I found impressive. The phone comes with a high-quality amp that boosts the bass to impressive levels without distorting the sound. This is coupled with the HTC BoomSound Audio Profile for the headset. Whether you are using the original HTC earphones or any other type, your music will sound way better.



  • 4G LTE/Wi-Fi/CDMA.
  • 5.0-inch Super LCD capacitive display.
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
  • Camera: 8MP back, 5MP front.
  • Internal Storage 16GB. Supports memory expansion with an external microSD card of up to 200GB.
  • RAM: 1.5GB.
  • Processor: 1.1GHz Quad-core Cortex-A7. (Qualcomm Snapdragon).
  • Adreno 304 GPU.
  • Battery: 2200mAh Li-Ion non-removable. Standby time up to 22 days. Talk time up to 19 hours.
  • GPS capable.
  • Bluetooth 4.1.
  • Hearing Aid Compatible M4, T4.
  • Sensors: proximity, ambient, motion G Sensor. 

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