The Desire 526G+ is a budget friendly octa core powered smartphone from a well known brand, HTC. This dual SIM handset with 3G support houses a 1.7GHz MediaTek octa core powered chipset running Android KitKat, it is priced at Rs. 10,400 available exclusively on Snapdeal.com.
I got the handset for the review, without the box packing. Inside the box I guess you will get the handset, earphone, screen guard, travel charger, data cable and user manual / warranty card.
Design, Display and OS
The 526G+ looks really good, gives a premium feel and its quite unique. The screen area is a little out (check images / video review). The speaker in placed on the front bottom. Handset is a bit heavy 153 grams with battery and dimensions are 68.95 x 139.36 x 9.85 (mm). This is a dual SIM handset, you need 2 micro SIM’s. It looks as if there are dual front speaker, but that is not the case, there is incall speaker and a loud speaker.
The front / rear are glossy black and the sides are greyish coloured with metallic finish. The body is made of plastic, good built quality and finishing. The back cover somewhat looks similar to Moto G.
Volume rocker and power button are placed on the right, 3.5mm audio jack on the top and micro USB port plus mic at the bottom.
This handset sports a 4.7 inch screen with 960 x 540 pixels resolution with just 2 point multi touch support. Viewing angles are okay and so is the colour reproduction. There are 3 sensors – accelerometer, light and proximity.
HTC Desire 526G+ is running Android 4.4.2 out of the box with HTC blinkfeed.
Memory and Storage
There is 1GB RAM and 16GB storage along with 32GB micro SD card support. You will get around 12GB space for apps and about 643MB free RAM on first boot. OTG is not supported and apps get installed on the internal storage.
Performance and Benchmark
526G+ houses the MediaTek MT6592 1.7GHz octa core cortex A7 processor with Mali 450 MP GPU. Performance is very good and lag free. I did face issues running Antutu benchmark got thermal warning (even when battery temperature was 38 degrees) and system rebooted. But I was able to run the Antutu benchmark later on, probably a software glitch.
|Vellamo||Metal (979) Multi core (1450) Browser (2120)|
|Nenamark 2||52.3 fps|
|Multi Touch||2 point|
I played Asphalt 8 that got installed on the internal storage. Game play was smooth. The 2 point multi screen, at times are not that responsive.
An 8MP AF camera is packed on the rear with LED flash and a 2MP on the front. Front camera is fixed focus and does not support native video calling. Rear camera though 8MP can shoot really good above average still images and videos. Check the sample images / videos at the end of this review.
Apart from Antutu benchmark and battery calibration problems, I did not find any other issues. 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS worked well. Sound (speaker / incall) is loud and clear.
The handset houses a 2000 mAh removable battery. For most of the review time the battery % was stuck at 98% because of battery calibration issue, I restarted the system after completing the review and battery dropped by 42% in about 1 hour 16 minutes with moderate to heavy usage.
I guess battery backup is average – around 3 to 5 hours.
There are many handsets available in the market in this price rage. But if you are looking for a branded handset with powerful hardware the HTC Desire 526G+ is the closest you can get. Though the screen resolution and the multi touch support is kind of disappointing.
[ Rating 3.5 out of 5 ]
Rear Camera Sample
Front Camera Sample