HTC have now released their upgrade to the budget-range Desire 500 in the form of the new HTC Desire 510 but looking at the specifications of this new handset there’s very little to recommend upgrading.
HTC Desire 500 vs HTC Desire 510
First off, the 510 offers a very different design to the previous 500 with a look more akin to the Desire 610 and 816, the roundness of the 500 is replaced with a more squared off phone with rounded corners.
There are some improvements that might tempt some to upgrade to the HTC Desire 510, there’s now 4G LTE support for fast connection speeds, the camera now supports full HD 1080p video capture, the 4.7 inch screen is slightly larger than the previous 4.3 inch display, the internal memory has been expanded to 8GB from 4GB and the battery is now a 2100mAh unit as opposed to the previous 1800mAh of the Desire 500 model …. that’s about it .. which may sound good but take a look at the cons below …
Why we wouldn’t upgrade
Both models run on a quad-core 1.2GHz chip with 1GB of RAM so no change here.
Surprisingly, even though the Desire 510 now offers 1080p video rather than 720p in the 500 it only sports a 5 mega pixel camera as opposed to the 8 mega pixel of the previous model. On the subject of cameras, the front facing camera that was a 1.2 mega pixel unit on the older model is now only a simple VGA lens on the new 510!
Music lovers can no longer enjoy high-quality tunes using Beats Audio embedded in the Desire 500 which is obviously now missing from the 510 after the company was sold to Apple.
The HTC Desire 510 is a larger and much heavier phone than the Desire 500 with a weight of 158g vs 123g and overall dimensions of 139.9 x 69.8 x 10 mm vs 131.8 x 66.9 x 9.9 mm.
The new 4.7 inch display may be bigger which many consumers are looking for these days but the sacrifice is in the quality with the new Desire 510 offering a 208 pixels per inch resolution compared to the 217ppi of the Desire 500.
It’s probably time to look elsewhere if you ready to upgrade your HTC Desire 500, there’s plenty of new handsets in a similar price bracket from rival manufacturers that tick many of the boxes as well as HTC’s own higher-specification models like the Desire 610