HTC has announced that the Desire 650 entry-level Android smartphone will be rolled out globally in February. The smartphone was announced by the company in November last year and has so far been available only in Taiwan, where it went on sale in December.
The list of countries where the Desire 650 will be available hasn’t been revealed yet though, with the HTC press release only confirming a release in Europe and “other international markets”. In the UK, the Desire 650 will be available in two color options – Dark Blue and Lime Light. The Dark Blue option however, will be an O2 exclusive.
As far as the specs go, the HTC Desire 650 isn’t impressive at all. It features a 5” TFT LCD display with 720 x 1280 HD resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass for protection. The chipset powering the smartphone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core SoC, which is horribly outdated for a device launching in 2017. In terms of memory, the handset comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, which isn’t all that bad for an entry-level device.
The rear camera is a 13MP unit, paired with an f/2.2 28mm lens and an LED flash. Taking care of selfies is a 5MP front-facing camera with an f/2.8 aperture lens and HDR support. Moving on to multimedia, the Desire 650 offers support for High-Res Audio as well as BoomSound Audio (only via headphones).
Connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC, Micro USB 2.0, and 4G LTE. Keeping the lights on is a rather small 2200mAh capacity battery, so you shouldn’t expect great battery life from the handset.
In terms of design, the handset features a unique back that is half smooth and half grooved. In addition to looking cool, it also helps enhance grip, helping with the ergonomics. As for software, the Desire 650 boots Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box, with HTC’s Sense UI overlay on top. Being an entry-level Android smartphone, an update to Nougat is not likely in our opinion.