Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

ONCE FO­CUS­ING on sin­gle SIM, dual SIM seems to be the road ahead for HTC. The com­pany has now come up with a mid-range dual SIM de­vice, the De­sire 616. The de­sign seems to be in­spired by the HTC One, but only in terms of the shape. The ma­te­rial is dif­fer­ent. This phone has got a cheap, glossy plas­tic re­mov­able back panel. The phone has got a 5-inch dis­play re­spon­sive dis­play. The colours are bright. Un­like other phones pow­ered by dual core Me­di­aTek pro­ces­sors, this one packs in a 1.4 GHz Oc­ta­core pro­ces­sor and is paired with 1 GB of RAM. While most of the time, the per­for­mance was smooth, it did lag a cou­ple of times. For this price, the RAM should have been higher. Af­ter 10 min­utes of gam­ing, the phone started to heat up and slowed down. Also, it can’t sup­port mul­ti­ple apps run­ning in the back­ground. The smart­phone runs on An­droid 4.2.2 and comes with the HTC launcher with BlinkFeed. HTC has added an 8 MP cam­era to this phone that is just about av­er­age. Low light images had noise. An­other down­side with the phone is the 4 GB in­ter­nal stor­age which leaves only 1.62 GB of in­ter­nal stor­age of apps. While you can use ex­ter­nal mem­ory card too but the more the in­ter­nal stor­age, the faster the phone will be. The au­dio out­put on speaker was loud. The 2000 mAh bat­tery was good enough to last a day.

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