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HTC surprised many by unveiling the pocket-friendly HTC Desire 530 during the just-ended Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, contrary to reports that the One M10 will instead be unveiled.

Even though it is a budget smartphone, HTC has not disappointed when it comes to design – something the Taiwanese smartphone maker never disappoints. The phone has the same design language as the HTC Desire series, but it features a newly polished and speckled back shell.

Design, display and specifications

Being a typical HTC smartphone, the Desire 530 comes with thick plastic panels at the top and bottom ends, with the usual in-built speaker and earpiece. Surrounding the 5-inch 720p display screen is a huge black frame. On the rear of the new HTC Desire 530, the company went for a white plastic that features multi-cored spots. The phone actually looks like a jelly bean-flavored birthday cake. The power button appears just near the volume rocker and it’s brightly colored and textured. The phone has a thickness of just 8.3mm and the best part of it all is that it is powered by the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

As far as performance specs are concerned, the HTC Desire 530 uses a low-level Snapdragon 210 chipset that has four cores and is backed by a RAM of 1.5GB. Users will get onboard storage of just 16GB, but the good thing is that it can be expanded using a microSD card of up to 200GB. HTC installed a 8MP camera on the rear and a 5MP camera on the front of the phone.

As usual, no HTC smartphone comes without the company’s Sense UI.

Pricing and availability

HTC Desire 530 was unveiled at the MWC 2016 event and according to the company; it will be hit the market as from next month. It will also be accompanied by the other two Desire smartphones unveiled alongside it – HTC Desire 630 and HTC Desire 825. These two phones come with the much familiar HTC Desire design language, but the specs have been bumped up to bring out the necessary differences.

HTC has impressed with its Desire series and hopefully this one will also turn out to be a decent attempt. However, whether these devices are what the company feels will revive its fortunes in the smartphone market or not is still the big, unanswered question. When compared with other smartphones in the same pricing category, for instance, the OnePlus X or even the Xiaomi Mi5, it will remain an uphill task for HTC to get the most out of this device.

While this is happening, everyone is anticipating for the release of HTC One M10, which is expected to be around by the time Q2 2016 comes to an end.