This month, HTC’s low-end, micro-splashed Desire 530 is coming to the US

The 530’s low-end components won’t turn any heads, but HTC hopes its “micro-splashed” exterior — the industrial equivalent of flicking paint at something from a brush — will do the job instead. When HTC announced its new Desire 530 smartphone at Mobile World Congress this year, it’s telling that the device’s stand-out feature was its paint job.

Now, the Desire 530 is coming to the US, with HTC selling an unlocked version for $179 “later this month,” and T-Mobile and Verizon offering the handset to prepaid and postpaid customers at some undisclosed time in the future.

Here are the specs:

  • 5-inch, 720p Super LCD display
  • 16GB of expandable storage
  • Qualcomm 1.1GHz Snapdragon 210 processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 8-megapixel rear-facing camera
  • HTC BoomSound
HTC Desire 530 and 630 with Micro Splash design HTC Desire 530 and 630 with Micro Splash design

The Desire 530, 630, and 825 all have the same micro-splashed design. Yes, it’s subtle.

The 530 is the littlest sibling in the affordable Desire family, with the Desire 630 and 825 offering slightly improved performance and the same paint-flecked designed. They’re certainly not unattractive devices (if a little underwhelming in person), but really, HTC just isnt’ making a big enough splash.

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