Expert Review of HTC Desire 310 Dual
It has been a while now that we have seen a HTC device in the news. The Taiwanese firm for long, did not have any big news emerged from it after the successful launch of its flagship device, HTC One. The company has been quite low key about the Butterfly launch and did not promote it on the same scale as HTC One even though the gadget was a phablet. There has been a lot of smartphones released in the Indian market in the last few months but there has not been much action from the big guns like Samsung, LG or Sony. HTC however, is out with HTC Desire 310, a 4.5 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen backed by the HTC Sense UI technology. The display comes with a resolution of 480 by 854 pixels, 218ppi pixel density and a color depth resolution of 16 million. The smartphone weighs 140 grams and comes with a length of 131.4mm, breadth of 68.3mm and thickness of 11.3mm.
The device works at the frequency bandwidths of 900 and 2100MHz for 3G SIM and at 850, 900, 1800 and 1900MHz for 2G SIM. The device, HTC Desire 310 supports dual SIM and dual standby mode, and since it is not a prime or a flagship gadget, has been detuned by HTC in terms of specs, price to make it more affordable to the low and middle class consumers. Even though the RAM is kept low at 512MB, the hardware of the device gets some serious boost from the 1.3GHz quad core Cortex processor. The software platform for the device is Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, which is not that bad either and in combination with the hardware, looks rather formidable. There is a 32GB microSD card slot at the top of the device that cushions the built-in 4GB internal memory and allows a bigger collection of data like songs, games, images and videos.
The back of HTC Desire 310 has a 5 megapixels primary shutter for image capturing at a resolution of 2592 by 1944 pixels. Geo-tagging, auto focus, touch focus and face detection are the primary assisting tools for the primary camera. The secondary camera on the front side of the device is not as strong and comes with 0.3 megapixels strength for video calling and capturing "selfies." Powered by a 2000mAh standard lithium-ion battery, HTC Desire 310 can be expected to last for a reasonably long duration. The smartphone comes in two colours of Black and White and features strong web connectivity that includes GPRS, EDGE, HTML5 browser and Wi-Fi. The user can download data like songs, games, images and videos at a speed of 7.2Mbps. The uploading speed offered by the device is of 5.76Mbps. Wi-Fi hot spot is one feature that has been missing from a lot of the similar spec gadgets of the tier2 brands as the user gets to create a independent server for other devices to connect to.
User Interface and UI functionality
HTC Desire 310 keeps a decent 4.5 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen backed by a resolution of 480 by 854 pixels and a pixel density of 218ppi. The display comprises of the HTC sense interface and a color depth of 16 million colors. The sensors are the usual ones with accelerometer and proximity sensor.
HTC Desire 310 provides a FM radio for hearing songs that are played on the local radio stations. The music player allows creating personalized list of songs that can run in the formats of MP3, eAAC+, WMA and WAV player. Also, the video player is compatible with the formats of MP4, H.263, H.264 and WMV player.
Pictures and Video quality
HTC Desire 310 has kept the camera department quite moderate with a 5 megapixels primary camera and a VGA secondary camera. The former of the two works at a resolution of 2592 by 1944 pixels and can be used for making video recordings. The secondary camera on the other hand, works for making video calls at 640 by 480 pixels or even snap selfies.
HTC Desire 310 is blessed with Wi-Fi hot spot, which is the only tethering feature that adds flavour to the smartphone, which otherwise has conventional features like Wi-Fi, HTML5 browser, GPRS and EDGE. Facebook and Twitter can be accessed or data can be downloaded at a speed of 7.2Mbps. The device also offers an uploading speed of 5.76Mbps.
Internal and External Memory
The combination of 4GB internal memory and 32GB microSD card slot always works well and HTC Desire 310 does the same by giving enough room to store loads of songs, games, images and videos. RAM provided to the user is of 512MB, which is one of low points of the smartphone.
Applications and Gaming
Android Jelly Beam 4.2.2 would not disappoint the user when it comes to downloading the latest games and applications from the Android app store. HTC Desire 310 can be used to play Angry Birds, Virtual Tennis etc., or access applications like WhatsApp and Viber.
HTC Desire 310 is driven by a 2000mAh standard lithium-ion battery that looks really good on paper. There is no information about the exact talk time and standby time it provides but healthy figures can be expected for both.
HTC Desire 310 is equipped with Bluetooth, USB port, GPRS, EDGE and HTML5 browser. The more important option with the gadget in this department is the Wi-Fi hot spot, in addition to Wi-Fi. GSM frequencies supported for 3G bandwidth is 900 and 2100MHz while for 2G, the suitable frequencies are 850, 900, 1800 and 1900MHz.
HTC Desire 310 in comparison to Sony Xperia M has a bigger display with 4.5 inches for the former and 4 inches for the latter. The pixel density is more with the display of Sony Xperia M as opposed to the one offered by HTC Desire 310. HTC Desire 310 runs on the 1.3GHz quad core processor, which is stronger as compared to the 1GHz dual core processor of Sony Xperia M. The software platform is Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 for both the smartphones but the RAM is more with Sony Xperia M.
Sony Xperia M comes with 1GB of RAM and HTC Desire 310 features a 512MB RAM. The primary and secondary cameras are identical in terms of pixel strength for both the smartphones with 5 megapixels primary camera and a VGA secondary camera. A 2000mAh standard lithium-ion battery powers HTC Desire 310, whereas Sony Xperia M runs on a 1750mAh standard lithium-ion battery.