The HTC Desire is an entry-level smartphone and it speaks for itself. This company was quite active during the early days of Android development but failed to keep up with the trend once the hype train picked up the pace. Released in the month of July 2017, the Desire 555 had the basic beginner’s package, only more underpowered. Everything about the device was between averages to below average. Nowadays even devices below the entry level are better off than this smartphone. The specs of the HTC Desire 555 has gone extinct along with the device itself. The Desire series of smartphones was the last shred of fight that HTC put up before it faded from the smartphone scenario, and until now we wait to see a decent product form the company, at least in the entry-level range.
The HTC Desire 555 has specs which are considered below average in contemporary times. A few years and this device would be a deal-breaker, but that ship has sailed. Rocking a mere 5-inch TFT screen with an HD resolution of 720 x 1280, the device seems like a distant memory from a long lost path. It also has a pixel density of 294ppi which is way below average. The icons appear to be blocky and pixelated and color representation isn’t all that accurate as well. To top it all off, the device also has screen to body ratio of 66.24%, with significant bezels on both the top and the bottom and a bit on the sides as well. It also boasted a plastic body with dual mounted front speakers. As for sensors it only had the proximity, accelerometer but no gyro and was available in black only.
We are talking about a device that came out when the entry-level smartphones were getting massive upgrades. Snapdragon processor was introduced in sub-10k phones along with Adreno GPUs. Sadly, it’s been almost 2 years since that era, and unfortunately for the Desire 555, those specs won’t just cut it in this time and age. Under the hood, the device packs a 32-bit quad-core Snapdragon 210 processor clocked at 1.1GHz, with Cortex-A7 cores. It also has 2GB of RAM and an internal storage of 16 GB. When was the last time you heard of a Snapdragon 210 and a 32-bit SoC architecture? These specs are extinct and bringing them to the table two years after their debut to the market is a waste of time and resource.
The external memory card is also supported and can be expanded up to 2TB. Now we don’t know what HTC was thinking, but even if 2TB of memory were available, people will never buy such storage for an entry-level device. This spec was completely unnecessary. Moreover, 2TB worth of microSD memory wasn’t available at that time. It is unclear as to why HTC would bring something so ludicrous to the table.
The HTC Desire 555 has a 8 megapixel rear and a 5-megapixel front camera sensor. The rear camera has ISO control, HDR, panorama autofocus, exposure compensation and voice activation shutter controls (when voice activation was a hype back then before it lost its charm). HD video recording is also supported at 1280 x 720 pixels, framerate around the ~30fps mark. It also had a LED flash and picture quality was average and contained a lot of noise during low light photography.
The audio and video codices it supported fell into the basic package. For audio, it had MP3, eAAC+ WAV and M4A. In case of video, it supported the MP4, FLV, and H.264 formats. Additional codec support can be obtained by installing a third party software, such as VLC or MX Player.
The Device 555 is powered by a 2200mAh battery which was decent back in those days. It is just enough for the whole day, as the device doesn’t bring a lot to the table. One good thing about the device is that it had 4G support back in the day, and supports 4G VOLTE. It also has two nano-sim slots and isn’t completely bricked thanks to its 4G compatibility.