HTC is bringing its mid-range Desire 626/626s, 526 and 520 to the U.S.

HTC has announced today that it’s bringing a selection of affordable, mid-range Desire smartphones to the US, available from a variety of carriers. The handsets include the Desire 626 and 626s, the Desire 526 and the Desire 520. Whilst the specifications may differ slightly from handset to handset, they do share the same polycarbonate, construction and the requisite HTC design cues. As is customary with HTC, they are all available in a variety of colours. We have the specifications after the break.

Here we have the Desire 626/626s, as seen in the main image above. As you may have gathered, there are two versions of this handset. The Desire 626 is headed to AT&T and Verizon while the slightly watered-down 626s will be available from Sprint, T-Mobile and Cricket.


  • Android 5.1 lollipop with HTC Sense 7
  • 5-Inch HD display (1280 x 720)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 Quad-core @ 1.1GHz
  • 1.5GB RAM (626s has 1GB RAM)
  • 16GB Internal storage (626s has 8GB)
  • MicroSD card support
  • 8MP Rear camera with flash, autoFocus and 720p video recording
  • 5MP Front camera with BSI, 720p video recording. (626s has 2MP )
  • Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz only)
  • Dimensions: 146.9 x 70.9 x 8.19mm
  • Battery: 2,000mAh
  • Weight: 140 grams

Next we have the Desire 526, which is a rung further down on the specifications ladder. As you can see from the main image, this is definitely headed to Verizon, although it will also be available from other carriers as well.


  • Android 5.1 Lollipop with HTC Sense 7
  • 4.7-Inch qHD display (960 x 540)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 quad-core @ 1.1GHz
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal storage
  • MicroSD card support
  • 8MP Rear camera with flash, autofocus, 720p video recording
  • 2MP Front camera with BSI and 720p video recording
  • Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz only)
  • Dimensions: 140 x 70 x 9.9mm
  • Battery: 2,000mAh
  • Weight: 156 grams


Finally, we come to the Desire 520 that will be available from Cricket. The 520 has the smallest display of the batch.


  • Android 5.1 Lollipop with HTC Sense 7
  • 4.5-Inch display with 854 x 480 resolution (FWVGA)
  • Qualcomm 210 quad-core @1.2GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal storage
  • MicroSD card support
  • 8MP Rear camera with flash, autofocus and 720p video recording
  • 2MP Front camera with BSI and 720p video recording
  • Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz only)
  • Dimensions: 139.8 x 68.9 x 9.05mm
  • Battery: 2,000mAh

New HTC Desire smartphones make flagship features and stand-out design affordable, and broadly available at prepaid and postpaid carriers beginning this month

Bellevue, WA, July 15, 2015 – HTC America Inc., a leader in mobile innovation, announces the release of four new HTC Desire LTE smartphones – the HTC Desire 626, HTC Desire 626s, HTC Desire 526 and HTC Desire 520 – designed to make premium smartphones affordable and accessible to all. HTC brings many of the same features found in its flagship HTC One® M9 to a premium and modern design that will withstand the test of time.

“At HTC, we don’t think you should have to sacrifice or settle if you are looking for an affordable smartphone. That is why we are bringing the absolute best affordable smartphones to market with the HTC Desire lineup,” said Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC America. “Our Desire smartphones bring the premium experiences, performance and style of our flagship smartphone at an incredible price.”

Bold, personal design meets high performance
The new HTC Desire smartphones represent the intersection of modern style and performance. The seamless construction combined with the latest in color combinations delivers stand-out style that will continue to look great over time.

The HTC Desire 626 and HTC Desire 626s have a 5-inch screen and come in an array of dual color combinations, including Marshmallow White, Gray Lava, Blue Lagoon, Marine White and White Birch. The HTC Desire 526 has a 4.7-inch screen and comes in Stealth Black, and the HTC Desire 520 has a 4.5-inch screen and comes in Steel Gray.

Personal style isn’t only on the surface. With HTC Sense® 7, the new HTC Desire smartphones can be customized with HTC Themes, HTC BlinkFeed® and HTC Sense Home applications.

HTC Themes pull color and textural elements from a favorite photo to modify the look of apps, color scheme and home screen. HTC Themes also provides an opportunity to create and share a theme with the HTC community, or just browse and download one created by other HTC users.

The HTC Sense Home is an intelligent widget that automatically curates apps based on usage and location. It is contextually aware of location, time of day and preferred apps at home, work or on the go. While exploring a new city, HTC BlinkFeedintelligently recommends restaurants near you and recommended by friends during mealtimes.

As LTE devices with quad-core processors, the HTC Desire 626, HTC Desire 626s, HTC Desire 526 and HTC Desire 520 offer speedy uploads and downloads while keeping up with multitasking between apps. A 2000 mAh battery and expandable memory further enhance the power of the new HTC Desire line.

A better way to relive favorite memories
The HTC Desire 626 and HTC Desire 626s’ 5-inch, HD 720 pixel screen beautifully displays photos, video and multimedia content with an immersive smartphone experience. HTC One Gallery syncs with Facebook, Flickr, Google Drive and Dropbox accounts and brings photos together in a single location to make finding, searching and viewing easier than ever.

Zoe®, a signature HTC app that comes preloaded, makes it especially easy to share visual stories of experiences with friends and family in a more dynamic way. Zoe Highlights combine favorite photos and video with music to bring the experience to life. The HTC Desire line comes with an 8MP primary camera and video captured by HD 720p video recording capabilities. The HTC Desire 626 has a 5MP front-facing camera while the HTC Desire 626s, HTC Desire 526 and HTC Desire 520 come with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

The HTC Desire 626, HTC Desire 626s, HTC Desire 526 and HTC Desire 520 will be widely available in a variety of colors from major prepaid and postpaid U.S. wireless providers including AT&T, Boost Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Sprint Prepaid, T-Mobile, Tracfone, Verizon Wireless and Virgin Mobile USA. Each provider will confirm the colors and models it’s carrying, beginning this week and through the coming months. Follow @HTCUSA and visit for more information.

About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).