I remember the first time I handled HTC’s 2013 flagship device, the One. I was impressed with how the device handled, how it sounded, how it felt in the hand and being decidedly unimpressed with how my carrier priced it during the opening month. And throughout the first year, so the One M7 remained an expensive handset, which put it out of reach for many potential customers; those people who don’t want to be paying an extra $800 worth over a two-year period for any handset no matter how brilliant. And so this is the reason why HTC, indeed most manufacturers, have a range of devices from the entry level to the mid-range, to the higher end and typically culminating with a single flagship model. For many people, the mid-range devices offer the best compromise between features and price. The question for all manufacturers is what to include in the mid-range devices and of course, what to drop. Most of HTC’s mid-range devices for the last eighteen months have included BoomSound, that is, the stereo front-facing speaker and amplifier combination that makes some of the more utility things we do with our devices (such as voice-guided navigation) much easier. And a fortnight ago, Yash covered two new mid-range HTC Desire devices that also comes with BoomSound; the Desire 620 and Desire 620G.
The key difference between the 620 and 620G is the chipset that the device employs: the 620 uses a 1.2 GHz, 64-bit, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 and the 620G uses a 1.7 GHz, 32-bit, octa core MediaTek MT6592. The 620 comes with LTE and the 620G makes do with 3G connectivity; it’s this Desire 620G that I’ll be concentrating on in this article. The rest of the handset stacks up with a solid, if uninspiring, mid-range specification. There’s a 5.0-inch, 720p resolution display (that’s 1,280 by 720 pixel), 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage plus a memory card. It has an 8 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front-facing unit and is kept alive by a 2,100 mAh battery. As I’ve already written, the 620G is a dual SIM device and offers dual standby. It runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat under HTC Sense 6 (and we’ve no word when it might be receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop). The only weakness in this specification line up appears to be the relatively small capacity battery, but HTC’s 2014 devices have typically offered slightly smaller batteries than the competition but similar battery life.
We’ve word that the HTC Desire 620G has appeared for sale on a number of Indian websites, for example on SnapDeal at the equivalent of $250. HTC hasn’t officially launched the Desire 620G into the Indian market but perhaps this is only a matter of time. SnapDeal cite that the device ships in three to four days time, so perhaps HTC have an announcement lined up for this Wednesday or Thursday? As it stands, the Desire 620G offers some of the features and benefits of the more expensive HTC models but without such the high cost, even if it’s considerably more expensive than the Android One devices. A question to our Indian readers, then: would you be tempted by the HTC Desire 620G? Does the lack of 3G bother you? Let us know in the comments below.