Specs summary

Screen
5"

The HTC Desire 530's screen is 5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.1GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 Quad core 1.1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 200 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2200 mAh battery. HTC's performance ratings are 29 days standby time, 840 minutes (2G), 840 minutes (3G), 540 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



The HTC Desire 530 aims for cheap and cheerful, but only really hits one of those targets.

- Alan Martin , Alphr 

Beautifully designed with a great, customisable UI, but the Desire 530 is very slow and its camera is pretty poor.

- Katharine Byrne , Expert Reviews 

Reviews summary

5/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 11 reviews

What's good  

  • Unique spray-pattern covers
  • Good color reproduction
  • Excellent headphone audio quality
  • microSD card support

What's bad  

  • Weak performance
  • Below average camera
  • Dim screen
  • Weak, non-removeable battery

What was once a flagship series for HTC has become their budget-friendly darling. With their latest release, HTC hopes the Desire 530 offers a decent compromise of price and performance. While the phone certainly looks unique, does it stand up to the tests of daily use?

Let’s see what reviewers are saying!

Looking at the phone, there’s an obvious HTC design going on--rounded edges, extended bezels, minimal flair and a bunch of plastic. The big thing HTC is touting with the phone is their specialized rear shell treatments that embed tiny dots of color in the shell. While this means each phone is unique, reviewers were mixed on how they liked the final look. NotebookCheck said, “Overall, the build quality is acceptable, but the handset does not really feel high-quality due to the choice of materials.

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Flipping around to the 5-inch 720p Super LCD panel, reviews are equally mixed. Reviewers noted that the screen is both dim and highly reflective. Tom’s Guide elaborated, saying, “The Desire 530 also struggles in sunlight. On a July day with scattered clouds, I had to strain to make out the on-screen controls, even after fumbling my way into Settings and cranking up the display to maximum brightness.” However, if you’re mostly indoors, the screen isn’t bad. Alphr said, “Next to its peers, it’s a bit dimmer, with above average colour performance and good contrast.”

Unfortunately, it seems that HTC’s choice of a quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor didn’t sit well with reviewers. Add in only 1.5GB of RAM and performance reviews were all quite low. Tom’s Guide said, “There's a noticeable lag between when you tap an app's icon and when it launches. The camera app takes 4 seconds to launch, so forget about capturing those spur-of-the-moment images; they could be long gone by the time the Desire 530's camera is fired up and ready to go.”

You’ll find 16GB of internal storage for your apps and games. Should you need more, the microSD slot supports cards up to 200GB.

While the phone’s 2200mAh battery might seem low, the power-sipping processor helps to balance out battery life. PC Advisor UK noted that it “got us through the day, although it did depend on our usage.” The battery is not removable, so if you’re a heavy phone user, you’ll need to keep your charger handy.

The phone’s 8MP rear-facing camera and 5MP front-facing selfie shooter received average reviews. Stuff notes, “Compared to the best of the 13-megapixel budget crowd, images look softer close-up and colour reproduction is pretty ham-fisted. Unsubtle and sometimes undersaturated, it’s a bit like they’ve been coloured-in by a little kid with some low-grade colouring pencils at times.” Much like other aspects of the phone, the camera appears to be a bit of a compromise. Shots are good enough for social media, but don’t expect it to replace a dedicated camera.

While the phone looks nice on the outside, reviews indicate that daily performance simply doesn’t add up. Alphr summed up other reviews well, saying, “The HTC Desire 530 is a disappointment. It looks the part, and the screen is pretty decent for [its price], but things fall apart as soon as you use the thing for any length of time. It’s laggy, sluggish and has a distinctly average camera.”


Reviews (5/10 Avg. rating)


An affordable and relatively compact entry-level phone

from PC Magazine

The HTC Desire 530 is an affordable MetroPCS phone with a decent camera, but it's held back by slow performance and a dim screen.

The HTC Desire 530 is an affordable MetroPCS phone with a decent camera, but it's held back by slow performance and a dim screen.

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An affordable phone you should pass on

from PCWorld

The Desire 530 just doesn’t deliver on performance, whether it’s something as basic as waiting for an email to load or more taxing tasks such as quickly switching between multiple apps. You’re going to find yourself waiting for apps to load, pages to fill in, and eventually it&r... More

The Desire 530 just doesn’t deliver on performance, whether it’s something as basic as waiting for an email to load or more taxing tasks such as quickly switching between multiple apps. You’re going to find yourself waiting for apps to load, pages to fill in, and eventually it’s going to get annoying.

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Great paint job with alot to be desired

from G Style Magazine

I’m usually pleased with HTC devices for the most part but the Desire 530 is a disappointing affair. Its display is pretty weak outdoors, its processing power is abysmal and it just seems to take long to upload anything. Its true saving grace is its colorful splash coating and its price poi... More

I’m usually pleased with HTC devices for the most part but the Desire 530 is a disappointing affair. Its display is pretty weak outdoors, its processing power is abysmal and it just seems to take long to upload anything. Its true saving grace is its colorful splash coating and its price point as you can get one from T-Mobile for about $160 retail.

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More drip than splash

from Tom's Guide

HTC's Desire 530 is not without its charms, even beyond the phone's low price tag. Both cameras deliver better photos than you might think, you get a full day's worth of power, and the Boomsound feature delivers pretty good sound through headphones.

HTC's Desire 530 is not without its charms, even beyond the phone's low price tag. Both cameras deliver better photos than you might think, you get a full day's worth of power, and the Boomsound feature delivers pretty good sound through headphones.

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The smartphone barely offers any technical highlights

from Notebookcheck

Whether HTC's attempt at making a unique design statement with the Desire 530 has been successful is probably a matter of taste. Regardless of that, the casing pleases with its decent build and good hardware buttons. However, it hardly conveys a high-quality feeling due to the choice of materials... More

Whether HTC's attempt at making a unique design statement with the Desire 530 has been successful is probably a matter of taste. Regardless of that, the casing pleases with its decent build and good hardware buttons. However, it hardly conveys a high-quality feeling due to the choice of materials, and in particular since it is quite large for a smartphone with a 5-inch screen.

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HTC’s Moto G rival falls flat

from Alphr

The HTC Desire 530 is a disappointment. It looks the part, and the screen is pretty decent for a £120 handset, but things fall apart as soon as you use the thing for any length of time. It’s laggy, sluggish and has a distinctly average camera.

The HTC Desire 530 is a disappointment. It looks the part, and the screen is pretty decent for a £120 handset, but things fall apart as soon as you use the thing for any length of time. It’s laggy, sluggish and has a distinctly average camera.

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A fairly admirable entry

from Coolsmartphone

Funky design, lightweight and well put together this. It grabs and holds the phone signal well and the screen – although perhaps not up to higher-spec competitors – is better than most low-end devices. The lack of an LED notification light and the one-speaker sound output was a bit of... More

Funky design, lightweight and well put together this. It grabs and holds the phone signal well and the screen – although perhaps not up to higher-spec competitors – is better than most low-end devices. The lack of an LED notification light and the one-speaker sound output was a bit of a let down.

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Abysmal performance, dull display

from TrustedReviews

The Desire 530 performs too poorly to be a genuine budget option. No matter the price, this is a phone you should not buy.

The Desire 530 performs too poorly to be a genuine budget option. No matter the price, this is a phone you should not buy.

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They call this smartphone the captain of cut corners

from Stuff

From a distance the HTC Desire 530 looks like a cheaper alternative to the Moto G. 5in screen? Check. 720p? Check. Quad-core CPU? Yep.

However, it is underpowered. Whether it’s down to the Sense UI or the Snapdragon 210 just not having enough power to do Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow... More

From a distance the HTC Desire 530 looks like a cheaper alternative to the Moto G. 5in screen? Check. 720p? Check. Quad-core CPU? Yep.

However, it is underpowered. Whether it’s down to the Sense UI or the Snapdragon 210 just not having enough power to do Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow justice, the Desire 530 ends up being a trial to use at times.

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Even for a budget smartphone, it doesn't offer enough bang for your buck

from PC Advisor

Aside from the interesting design, there's nothing particularly outstanding going on with this entry-level smartphone. We’re actually pretty disappointed with the spec, as the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and GPU used are featured in smartphones 2-3 years old, which is bad even for a budge... More

Aside from the interesting design, there's nothing particularly outstanding going on with this entry-level smartphone. We’re actually pretty disappointed with the spec, as the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and GPU used are featured in smartphones 2-3 years old, which is bad even for a budget smartphone. The cameras are okay for a budget smartphone, but the colour reproduction isn’t the greatest we’ve seen, even on a cheap handset. We'd say it's a good choice for teenagers looking for a starter smartphone, but if you're in the market for a smartphone that's low-cost, good-looking but doesn't have any bells and whistles, then there are better options available.

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