There was a time when “budget” smartphone was practically a dirty word, as it meant that you’d likely end up with a piece of junk that could barely run Android. Thankfully, things have changed for the better in the last few years, especially with the introduction of devices like the Moto G. While Motorola’s budget handset still remains arguably the best phone for under $200, the HTC Desire 610 is a very close second and, starting today, you can grab the handset from AT&T (at least for now, only in dark gray) for just $200 outright or $.99 with a two-year contract.
While the Desire 610 has a much less impressive 4.7-inch qHD display, most of the remaining specs are either equal or better than the Moto G. Like the G, the Desire 610 is powered by a Snapdragon 400 CPU with 1GB RAM and offers 8GB storage. Unlike the standard Moto G, the handset has microSD with support for 128GB cards, LTE, HTC’s Boomsound front-facing speakers and an 8MP camera that should take better pics than the Moto G (at least in theory). Other specs include a 1.3MP front cam, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, a 2040 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 6.
To be fair, the Moto G LTE version has pretty much everything that the 610 has, with the exception of BoomSound and an 8MP cam, while offering a better (though slightly smaller) 720p display. On the other hand, the Moto G LTE is also slightly more expensive and we suspect there are folks that will prefer the design language of the Desire over the Moto G.
Long story short, the Desire 610 is a solid handset and is priced fairly for what you get, making in an excellent alternative to the Moto G for those that are on a tight budget. What do you think, anyone planning on picking this one up?