HTC yesterday unveiled three handsets under its Desire series starting from Rs 16,890 to Rs 33,050. The costliest among them is HTC Desire 700. Here is our first impression of the device.
HTC Desire 700 has a 5 inch touchscreen but with qHD resolution. It is 10.3 mm thick and weighs 150 grams. The Desire 700 is armed with a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, 64 GB micro SD card slot, 8 megapixel rear camera and 2.1 megapixel front camera. It has Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, DLNA for connectivity and GPS with Glonass for navigation. It supports dual SIM (GSM and CDMA) and both the SIMs are active.
Look and feel
HTC Desire 700 looks somewhat like HTC One with a bigger screen. Its body is made of plastic but that doesn’t look cheap. In the front panel of Desire 700, apart from display and front camera, one will find dual front speakers, one at the top and the other at the bottom.
In the back panel there is an 8 megapixel rear camera with flash. The side panel houses a metallic volume rocker key and the top and bottom panels have the on/off key, a 3.5 mm jack and micro USB port.
In most smartphones that have 5 inch and bigger screens the power key is usually placed on the side panel, but in HTC it is awkwardly placed on the top.
Under the back cover, which is removeable, one will find two micro-SIM card slots, the microSD card slot and the 2100 mAh battery. But like in HTC Desire 501 removing the back panel is a tedious job. As it does not have any space earmarked for pulling the back cover one has to dig one’s nails into the side panel to extract the cover.
HTC Desire 700 has a 5 inch qHD display that offers a resolution of 540 x 960 pixel. I feel the display quality could have been better because many other smartphones available with the same price tag offer better displays.
I felt images and text lacked sharpness and videos were not so lively.
Desire 700 has an 8 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front camera. The picture quality is decent but not great. HTC Zoe feature, which captures photos in the form of three-second clips to add life to them, does make capturing snaps a memorable process. We will share more updates about the camera’s performance in our review.
HTC Desire 700 seems to be priced on the higher side. In terms of internal memory or camera resolution it has the same specs as desire 501. As a matter of fact I felt the picture quality of Desire 501 is better than this one. But that is not out final verdict on the smartphone.
In the coming days we will bring a detailed review of the HTC Desire 700.