HTC 526 G+ – A New Entrant

HTC has recently launched its budget friendly Desire 526G+ with an octa-core processor.

Will this new entrant be able to make a mark in the already intensely competitive budget smart phone market? Let’s take a look at its features.

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Design and Hardware

The device has a premium design with nice curves and a metal feel around the edge. It has a glossy plastic back that is a finger print magnet. The 4.7 inch display appears a bit raised. Its HD display comes with average viewing angles and color reproduction. However, the reflective screen is not one of the best. This handset has Dual Sim support as well; so you do not have to carry two sets around.

Performance

With a 1.7 GHz octa-core processor along with the 1 GB RAM, the performance is good, as expected. Even high performance games run smoothly. Nonetheless, a 2 GB RAM would have been better suited and would have had a greater impact on performance in the long term. It comes in two variants – 8 GB and 16 GB, with expandable memory of up to 32 GB. The speakers are reminiscent of HTC but do not have boom sound. Despite that, the speaker sound is good.

Battery

With a mere 2000 mAH capacity, the battery leaves a lot to ask for. With the kind of processor available, it would do great to last a day on moderate usage.

Camera

It has an 8 MP rear snapper which takes average images. Even in good light, the pictures appeared grainy. Though color reproduction is accurate, the image quality is comparable to what you get on the Asus Zenfone 5. It supports 1080p HD video recording. The front facing camera does a decent job at taking selfies and 720p video recording. The user interface is also pretty good and contains an interesting feature called video highlights, similar to Google’s auto awesome, which combines still images to form a video.

OS

Out of the box, the Desire 526G+ runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat with an HTC Sense skin. There is the familiar blink feed that is available on HTC phones as well and the app drawer that scrolls vertically rather than horizontally as most android devices do.

It is a complete package in the Rs. 10,000 price range with the kind of display, build and sound quality it delivers. But it really does not excel in anything in particular apart from the processor speed that it offers. The octa-core processor is a rarity for phones at this price point, thus making it a clear USP for this phone. A 2 GB RAM in this device would have been good as it would have boosted the overall appeal of the phone.

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by techtalks @TechTalks March 16, 2015 10:43 AM UTC

DIGITAL DEBATE

Mobile Upgrades: Killing The Product Before Its Time?

Have to agree. The speed of newer phone models within the same series and newer app versions lead to more thought put into buying decisions. Phone lines have a definite short shelf life

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Frequently upgrading the software is a real problem as updating the software might cause your phone to lag because of the older hardware.

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They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

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They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

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