HTC Desire 526g Plus: Budget Smartphone With Octa-Core Processor


HTC recently launched its latest mid-range Desire series smartphone in India called the Desire 526G Plus. The budget-friendly Android phone packs in a powerful 1.7GHz octa-core processor for a lag free user experience. The device has been released in the country in two variants – one with 8GB of internal memory priced at Rs 10,400, and the other with 16GB of storage priced at Rs 11,400.

At this price point, the HTC Desire 526G+ Dual SIM impresses with its design, build quality, performance, software features, and immersive media experience. If you are planning to purchase it, let’s take a quick look on the features of the budget octa-core smartphone.

Design & Display

At the first glance, the HTC Desire 526G+ appears like a typical HTC device with dual-front facing speakers for immersive media experience. For a premium appeal,the device comes with an attractive blue finish on all the edges and a glossy back panel. In terms of thickness, it measures a bit bulky at 9.8mm, and weighs at 153 grams. The display on board is a 4.7-inch TFT screen that offers a resolution of 54- x 960 pixels, and a pixel density of 234ppi.

Performance& Memory

One of the highlights of the Desire 526G Plus is an octa-core processor purring under the hood that is clocked at 1.7GHz, coupled with one-gigabyte of RAM and a 2,000mAh battery. The smartphone delivers lag free user experience, along with immersive gaming experience, at least on the paper. As mentioned above, the Desire 526G+ is offered in two internal memory variants, 8GB and 16GB, both can accept microSD cards up to 32GB in size for further storage expansion.


The HTC Desire 526G Plus runs Android 4.4 KitKat with a layer of the brand’s custom skin Sense UI on top. HTC’s Sense UI is a lightly customised user interface with additional features over stock Android. The smartphone comes with HTC BlinkFeed feature, which compiles all your messages, social updates, and more in a single place. It also offers an Offline Reading mode, which allows the users to store up to 120 articles for offline reading without a working internet connection.

Camera & Connectivity

For imaging, the Desire 526G Plus houses an 8MP primary camera on the back with an LED flash. There’s also a 2MP secondary shooter for self-portraits and video calling. The primary camera of the phone also offers auto-focus, HDR, smile detection, and more. HTC has also loaded its camera app with a feature called Video Highlights, which are short videos that are automatically recorded as you capture stills. On the connectivity front, the Desire 526G+ comes with dual-SIM slots, 3G, Wi-Fi, micro-USB port, Bluetooth 4.0, and A-GPS.

Wrapping Up

With such set of specifications, the Desire 526G Plus is surely one of the affordable smartphones with octa-core performance and an impressive design. However, it will face stiff competition in India from the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G and YU Yureka, which are priced below Rs 10,000, and come with much better features including 4G LTE support.

As per the company, the HTC Desire 526G Plus with 8GB of internal memory will be exclusively available on Snapdeal. The 16GB edition on the other hand will retail in major brick-and-mortar retail stores pan India.


The author is an expert in mobile technology and loves to write about different handsets launched. He has listed the specifications HTC Desire 526G Plus for the readers to make an informed buying decision.

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