• Display: 5.5-inch (FHD)
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6753
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB expandable with microSD
  • Operating System: Android 6.0
  • Camera: 13MP (rear), 4MP (front)
  • Dimensions: 157.5mm x 78.9mm x 7.8mm
  • Weight: 153g
  • Pros:
  • Overall look and performance
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3DMark Icestorm Unlimited: 7,825 points
  • 3DMark Icestorm Extreme: 5,318 points
  • 3DMark Icestorm: 8,827 points
  • PC Mark Work: 3,031 points
  • Antutu: 40,608 points

Will You Desire More?

More and more smartphone brands are popping up all over the world, with so much competition around its good to see that brands continue to innovate and provide phones at affordable prices. HTC is no newcomer in the smartphone industry, and they have provided us with some pretty great smartphones in the past and the present.

The HTC Desire 830 is one of their latest smartphones, this time round sporting a sporty look with their dual tone design and glass front. The peach and white tone Desire 830 which we received has a playful vibe to it that stands out when at the dinner table with friends or family. Although 5.5-inches large the smartphone evenly distributes the 153g which it weighs quite evenly. The display itself is colourful and vibrant, with gradient images displaying beautifully and text being crisp and sharp.

Performance wise the HTC Desire 830 sports a MediaTek MT6753 1.50GHz processor and 3GB of RAM, and as far as our review has gone, everyday tasks don’t seem to be a problem. Only when playing demanding games do we start feeling the drop in performance. For music listening we at CHIP always love it when brands and manufacturers make front facing speakers, and the HTC Desire 830 is no exception.

The dual front–facing speakers aren’t the best we’ve heard but it’s definitely a lot better than many back speakers. The phone also has 32GB of built-in memory for you to fill with music and videos to enjoy with the speakers, and if that’s enough you can expand it further using a microSD card. You can also fill your storage with pictures using the phone’s camera, which features a 13MP rear camera that also incorporates Optical Image Stabilisation technology.

If you’re a selfie lover, the 4MP front camera sports an f/2.0 aperture lens and a wide 26.8mm lens that will allow you to take better selfies. But taking all those photos and selfies will definitely eat up a hefty sum of battery, but that’s alright because the HTC Desire 830 is juiced by a 2,800mAh battery that lasted throughout the day easily, and if you’re a super heavy user the Desire 830 also has fast charging capabilities to get you back on your feet in a jiffy.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The overall design and performance of the HTC Desire is simple and yet provides what it set out to do. If you’re feeling adventurous and sporty the HTC Desire 830 seems like one of the phones that you should consider.

(previously published in issue November 2016)