Yesterday, Taiwanese manufacturer HTC lifted the lid on the Desire 626, and while it’s not exactly flagship material, the price caught our collective Mobo-eye. See, if the HTC Desire 626 gets a UK release (fingers crossed), early pricing suggests it could go head to head with the likes of the Motorola Moto G in the wallet-friendly smartphone category.
As such, we’re pitting the HTC Desire 626 against the Motorola Moto G, Moto G 4G LTE and Moto G 2014, and asking: Would the Desire 626 be a viable Moto G alternative? Spoiler: hell yes.
Shall we dive straight in with a spec comparison table? Let’s!
So, plenty to take away from that HTC Desire 626/Moto G spec comparison. Let’s break this down by category.
HTC Desire 626 vs. Motorola Moto G processor
Being a newer phone, the HTC Desire 626 has the advantage of adopting the more recent Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, which is marginally improved over the Snapdragon 400.
Realistically this won’t make much difference, however, as the Motorola Moto G is entirely capable in its own right, but it’s always nice to have, y’know, the most recent stuff.
HTC Desire 626 vs. Motorola Moto G cameras
This is arguably where the HTC Desire 626 really shines compared to the Motorola Moto G, Moto G 4G LTE and Moto G 2014.
See, camera action is one area where the Moto Gs have traditionally scrimped, with users accepting that – logically – a phone costing around £100 won’t have the best front and rear cameras. The Moto G 2014 is your best bet with 8MP rear and 2MP front.
The HTC Desire 626, meanwhile, stretches to an impressive 13MP rear and 5MP front. There’s no optical image stabilisation (OIS), right enough, but let’s not look a gift horse in the mouth.
HTC Desire 626 vs. Motorola Moto G storage
If we treat the spec sheets as gospel, the HTC Desire 626 is the best option for storage, combining 16GB internal with 32GB microSD (48GB total). The latest two Moto Gs offer 8GB internal with 32GB microSD (40GB total).
Having said that, there are reports of the Motorola Moto G 4G LTE and Moto G 2014 accepting microSD cards well above the supposed 32GB limit.
Still, in either case, the HTC Desire 626 offers an additional 8GB internal storage over the latest Moto Gs, and might well support larger microSD cards, too.
HTC Desire 626 vs. Motorola Moto G price
Current Motorola Moto G prices look a little like this:
- Motorola Moto G 4G LTE - £99 delivered on Tesco Mobile @ Tesco Direct
- Motorola Moto G 2014 - £135.23 delivered SIM free @ Amazon
I haven't included the first-gen Motorola Moto G there since the Moto G 4G LTE is such an outrageously good deal. There's not really any reason to go first-gen.
HTC Desire 626 price comes in at the equivalent of £125 in Taiwan, and while it’d inevitably cost a little more in the UK (maybe circa £150), it could certainly spice things up.
HTC Desire 626 vs. Motorola Moto G conclusion
We’ve often wondered why the big-name manufacturers – Sony, Samsung, HTC, LG – haven’t moved to match the Motorola Moto G, with decent specs and a deliciously low price.
There mightn’t be a great deal of money in it, but you’re potentially inspiring brand loyalty in entry-level consumers and first time phone owners, and there’s most definitely value in that.
As such, the HTC Desire 626 could be the phone we’ve been waiting for. Now to pray to the smartphone gods for a UK release.
In the interest of fairness, it's worth pointing out that the Motorola Moto G and Moto E are set for an imminent refresh, perhaps at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 in March.