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If you are on the lookout for a low- or medium-budget smartphone that meets your needs, look no further.

Your search stops here as HTC has many such handsets to cater to the needs of such customers. The HTC Desire 526 and the HTC Desire 626 are just two examples. Going by the names, it may sound that HTC launched its Desire 526 before the Desire 626. However, it is the other way round with the 626 arriving in February 2015 and the 526 presenting itself only about four to five months later in August. The purpose of this article is to help you get to know what you can expect from these two Desire smartphones.

Body Material, Design, Dimensions, and Weight

Like almost any other smartphone in this price range, the HTC Desire 526 and the HTC 626 use plastic as their primary body material. As usual, thecandy bar form factor smartphones have access keys for locking or unlocking them and adjusting their volume on their sides.On the size factor, the Desire 526 measures 140 x 70 x 9.9mm. In contrast, the Desire 626 sizes up at 146.9 x 70.9 x 8.19mm. Talking about how heavy the two handsets are, the 526 weighs 156g while the 626 weighs 140g. In other words, the first handset is a medium-sized smartphone and the second gadget is a large-sized device.

Verdict: The 526 is smaller than the 626 regarding length and width making it fit easier inside your pocket. But when the sleek attribute is questioned, we find that it is the turn of the HTC Desire 626 to win the battle over the HTC Desire 526 with a marginal victory. Also, the fact that the Desire 626 is not quite bulky when compared to the Desire 526 makes it an ideal choice to hold comfortably in your hands without tiring them.

Screen Display and Pixel Resolution & Density

The 526 has a 4.7-inch S-LCD screen as against the 626 that showcases a 5-inch IPS LCD screen. The first Desire smartphone comes with a pixel resolution and a pixel density of 540 x 960 and 234ppi respectively. In comparison, the second Desire gadget encompasses 720 x 1280 pixel resolution and 294ppi pixel density. While the HTC Desire 526 portrays a 62.07 percent screen-to-body ratio, the corresponding ratio in the HTC Desire 626 is 66.24 percent. The two screens are equipped with proximity and light sensors.

Verdict: Both the smartphones have decent size screens and incorporate LCD technology for wide viewing angles. Despite these facts, their main drawbacks are their pixel resolutions and pixel densities. Irrespective of the handset, the pixel resolution is really poor. Additionally, while the pixel density is indeed very low in the Desire 526, it is quite mediocre in the Desire 626. In other words, the text and image displays of the Desire devices are of just average standards.


The rear 8MP snapper of the 526 integrates an LED flash while depicting 3264 x 2448 image resolution and 1280 x 720 video resolution. The corresponding 13MP LED camera in the 626 supports 4160 x 3120 image resolution and 1920 x 1080 video resolution.Apart from the standard HDR and panorama modes, the Desire 626 camcorder supports scenes, night mode, and macro mode. The front shooter of the HTC Desire 526 is a 2MP camera supporting 1600 x 1200 image resolution whereas the HTC Desire 626 is loaded with a 2560 x 1920 image resolution on a 5MP snapper.

Verdict: Whether you are interested in the primary or the secondary camera, the 626 camera is the best choice. If the rear snapper has more shooting modes to offer with its camcorder, the front snapper with more pixels contributes to delivering better selfies and video chats.

Hardware, Memory, and Software 

The HTC Desire 526 has a quad-core processor clocking at 1.5GHz and 1.5GB RAM in place of the 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM in the HTC Desire 626.Discussing the built-in storage, the Desire 526 comes with 8GB ROM. The Desire 626 offers to double this storage space with 16GB ROM. This inbuilt storage can be increased with a memory card irrespective of the HTC smartphone you are interested in.

The 526 comes with Android’s Lollipop installed while the 626 is loaded with the still earlier KitKat. Additionally, the smartphones come integrated with HTC Sense UI.

Verdict: The difference in the clocking frequencies is very less to make a difference. However, the little bit of extra RAM contributing to theseamless functioning of the handset along with a later operating system version installed makes the HTC Desire 526 preferable. But if you don’t want to use a memory card and prefer having amaximum storage option in your device, head straight on for the HTC Desire 626.