Specs summary


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


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


The phone runs on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat) operating system (OS).

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.

16 GB

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


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

Based on 12 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)

Know Your Mobile

An adequate handset for this price bracket

from Know Your Mobile
I find it rather difficult to recommend the HTC Desire 530 as compared to key rivals in this price bracket it doesn't offer as good a camera experience, nor is the performance on Android with this low-end CPU up to the same level. The design and build quality is great, and the display is quite impressive - but even here, with one of the phone's best features, it is outperformed by alternatives offered by Samsung at the same cost... Full review
PC Magazine

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... Full review

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’s going to get annoying... Full review
G Style Magazine

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 point as you can get one from T-Mobile for about $160 retail... Full review
Tom's Guide

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... Full review

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, and in particular since it is quite large for a smartphone with a 5-inch screen... Full review

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... Full review

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 a let down... Full review

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... Full review

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 justice, the Desire 530 ends up being a trial to use at times... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date April 1, 2016
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/2100 MHz
700/2100/800/850 /900/1800/2600 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Update Available: 7.0 Nougat)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 Quad core 1.1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.375 W/kg
Body: 0.314 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Headphones, Manual, Standard Battery, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2200 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 600 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 540 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
840 minutes (2G)
840 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 29 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Graphite Gray, Solid Stratus White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.7 x 7.1 x 0.8 cm
(5.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 140 grams
(4.9 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology S-LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density 294 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 200 GB)
PC Synchronization No
TV-out No
DLNA Support Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer, HDR, Voice activation
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera  
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info Self-timer, HDR, Voice activation
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, 3G2 / 3GPP2, MPEG-4, WMV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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