HTC Desire 210 dual-SIM first impressions: a budget smartphone for the masses

“HTC has just taken the covers off its budget Desire 210. We go hands on…”

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC chose India to unveil its entry-level Explorer back in 2011, and today, the country witnessed yet another global launch from the brand, again for a budget smartphone. HTC unveiled the Desire 220 dual-SIM in India today, and priced at Rs 8,700, the device lands firmly into budget territory. Let’s take a closer look at the HTC Desire 210 in terms of look and feel.

With a 4-inch, WVGA screen being the centre of proceedings, it’s not too difficult to make out that the Desire 210 is a budget device – clad in black or white plastic, it sports rather staid looks.


That said, it’s quite compact, and does feel well put together in terms of build quality. Under the screen, you’ll find the usual three capacitive touch keys, with a coloured earpiece, front camera and sensors placed on top. The microUSB port is placed on the left, the headset socket on top and the power button and volume rocker on the right.

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Software-wise, the Desire 210 is stuck on Android 4.2.2, and as usual, comes loaded with the HTC Sense UI complete with BlinkFeed. The latter is a tile-based aggregator that displays news from various sources and your social feeds too. Powering the show is a dual-core MediaTek MT6572M chip clocked at 1GHz, along with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, augmentable by another 32GB by making use of the microSD slot.


Now the Desire 210 is a dual-SIM device, accepting a micro and a regular SIM. 3G is only supported on the first SIM slot though. Other connectivity options are fairly standard. You also get a 5-megapixel rear camera, along with a VGA shooter in the front for Skyping. A 1,300mAh battery is responsible for providing juice on the go.


The budget arena is possibly the most hotly-contested space in the Indian smartphone cauldron, with contenders from numerous brands vying for the buyers’ attention. While it remains to be seen how HTC’s offering will fare, the new device will certainly add one more compelling option for potential buyers to shortlist when they’re out looking for an affordable daily driver. 

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