Meet the HTC Desire 530

A new budget smartphone with some impressive features…
Meet the HTC Desire 530

HTC’s Desire phones have ruled the mid-range for years, but can the all-new HTC Desire 530 fulfil its destiny? Let’s take a closer look to see how it shapes up.


HTC is known for making pretty smartphones, and the HTC Desire 530 has definitely had a lot of design work done. Its smooth, lightweight plastic body feels solid and comfortable in the hand, and its unusual speckled finish will definitely make it stand out.

The speaker grills at the top and bottom are a nice touch too, even though the phone actually has just the one speaker - it’s the bottom grill that pumps out the sound.

HTC has also included a lanyard as part of the package, for a rather unexpected bit of retro styling. If you regularly take your phone to concerts, festivals or sporting events, it could come in pretty handy as it’ll keep the Desire 530 secure and ready to snap photos in an instant.


The 5-inch HD screen is great considering how much the Desire 530 costs. It has auto-brightness to make it easier to see when you step outside, and you can even adjust the colour temperature to make everything look warmer or cooler.


The 8-megapixel main camera punches above its weight too, thanks to autofocus and an LED flash that’ll help you take clearer pictures. Round the front there’s a 5-megapixel camera, complete with Auto and Voice mode for easier selfie-taking. There’s also a feature-packed Photo Editor to help you get creative with your snaps.


The Desire 530 runs on Android Marshmallow, Google’s latest software. That’s great for a cheaper smartphone as Marshmallow is packed with lots of great features to protect your privacy, extend your battery life and much more.

And because the Desire 530 is an HTC phone, swiping left from the homescreen takes you straight to Blinkfeed. This is HTC’s take on a personalised news and social media feed, with updates from all the people and online publications that you’re interested in.

Under the hood

Keeping everything running smoothly on the Desire 530 is a quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor. And it’s powered by a 2,200mAh battery that should easily last you through a day of normal use - especially with Android Marshmallow’s battery-saving features like Doze.

If you’re looking for a budget smartphone with some impressive features, then the HTC Desire 530 could be the one for you. It’s available to order from Carphone Warehouse right now.

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