Today HTC announced that they are launching a number of devices in their Desire smartphone line in the United States. In order, the newly available smartphones are the HTC Desire 520, HTC Desire 526, HTC Desire 626, and the HTC Desire 626s. All of these devices expand HTC's product line in the low-end section of the smartphone market, and you can check out their specifications in the chart below.

Device HTC Desire 520 HTC Desire 526 HTC Desire 626 HTC Desire 626s
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 MSM8909
4 x Cortex A7 at 1.1GHz
Adreno 304 at 400MHz
NAND / RAM 8GB / 1GB 8GB / 1.5GB 16GB / 1.5GB 8GB / 1GB
MicroSD MicroSDXC up to 2TB
Thickness 9.05mm 9.9mm 8.19mm 8.19mm
Display 4.5" 854x480 LCD 4.7" 960x540 LCD 5.0" 1280x720 LCD 5.0" 1280x720 LCD
Camera 8MP Rear
2MP Front
8MP Rear
2MP Front
8MP Rear
5MP Front
8MP Rear
2MP Front
Battery 2000 mAh (7.6Wh)
Connectivity 802.11 b/g/n + BT 4.1, GNSS, microUSB2.0
OS Android 5.1 With HTC Sense

As you can see from the chart, all four of these devices are fairly similar as far as specifications go. All use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 210 SoC, which is the first time to my recollection that we've seen this part show up in smartphones. Snapdragon 210 is a quad core Cortex A7 part with a peak frequency of 1.1GHz, which makes it slightly slower than Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 parts. On the GPU side, the Adreno 304 GPU is just a variant of Adreno 305 with a max frequency of 400MHz. All of the devices have 8GB of NAND, with the exception of the Desire 626 which has 16GB. On the DRAM side, the Desire 520 and 626s have 1GB of RAM, while the Desire 526 and 626 bump that to 1.5GB. All four phones also have the same 7.6Wh battery capacity, and they all share an 8MP rear camera, with everything except the 5MP Desire 626 also sharing a 2MP front-facing camera.

The major point where these four devices differ is their display size and resolution. The Desire 520 is at the low end of the range with its 4.5" 854x480 display, followed by the 960x540 Desire 526, and the 5.0" 1280x720 Desire 626 and 626s. Since the 626 and 626s are larger with the same battery capacity they are thinner than the 520 and 526. Interestingly enough, the Desire 526 is almost 1mm thicker than the 520 despite its larger screen size.

The Desire 626 and 626s will be available in all the colors you see in the cover image above. The Desire 526 comes in black, while the Desire 520 will come in grey. As far as availability goes, HTC says that these devices will be available in a variety of colors from both prepaid and postpaid US carriers. Specifically named operators include AT&T, Boost Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Sprint, T-Mobile, Tracfone, Verizon, and Virgin Mobile USA. T-Mobile is curiously missing from the list. According to HTC, providers will confirm which models and colors they're carrying beginning this week, and they will be available in the coming months.

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  • tabascosauz - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - link

    What was once the name for a family of pioneering high-end phones for Android and HTC has become synonymous with "budget phone". Sad. Why couldn't HTC have used the Wildfire name instead? Reply
  • fokka - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - link

    agreed. wildfire is a great name for the budget line. it could be so simple: "one" is their premium brand, "desire" is midrange and "wildfire" i budget. yet here we are with a "one" brand diluted to hell, even with plastic devices thrown into the mix, an overpriced "desire" range and now we even have budget "desire" phones, further dragging the brand into the dirt. Reply
  • jjj - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - link

    They are failing to consider the implications of using such a SoC today. All they are doing is damaging their image further. They need more focus on perf and reliability a lot more to fix their image.
    And they'll never get anywhere with this attitude,trying to skim a little bit here , a little bit there instead of a compelling strategy.
    Quad A7 is the new dual cores and this one is at very low clocks too,they shouldn't even be using any, unless they make a sub 50$ phone.
    The previous leadership ,as well as the current one were talking about marketing but they should be looking at their products first. That's what killed them, not the marketing.
    10 years ago i could name more HTC models than i can now. Now they all look the same, pricing is never decent, nothing stands out so got no reason not to discard them from memory.
    It's hard to think when you are in a panic but it's either that or the end for them.
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  • Cryio - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - link

    And HTC's naming scheme still doesn't make a damn sense. Reply
  • fokka - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - link

    really. the only difference is the RAM, yet on one they go from 520 to 526 and on the larger they go from 626 to 626s, with the "s" indicating the lower amount of memory, because logic. Reply
  • extide - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - link

    Yeah the 's' stands for 'shitty' apparently. Reply
  • Flunk - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - link

    Maybe they figure that it worked for Samsung, so why not give it a try. Reply
  • WorldWithoutMadness - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - link

    Really, HTC? You succumbed to this hell?
    Let me guess the price.... yes, still higher than xiaomi redmi and the boards will ponder why the hell their sales still plummet to underground.
    Reply
  • RollingCamel - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - link

    Sorry to derail the topic, but what is going on with LG G4 review? Reply
  • yankeeDDL - Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - link

    HTS still has not learned.
    4 products. Almost same spec.
    Launch only the 626 with an aggressive price. Save the effort of designing 4 platforms, combine volumes to get better prices, and pu the resources to use to provide long term OS update ...
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