These are two mid-range smartphones with a similar look, but you’re probably more interested in their internal specifications, so we’ll analyze both devices’ performance.
Displays, designs and sizes
The Desire 610 isn’t quite a delicate smartphone, in fact it feels solid because it’s thick (9.6mm) and the glossy plastic back looks kind of cheap, but at least the edges and corners are rounded and you’ll easily hold the device in one hand. While the back is glossy, the sides and the front have matte plastic, meaning that the phone won’t slip through your fingers. The colors available for the Desire 610 are white, dark blue and red, the phone is 143.1mm tall, has a width of 70.5mm and a weight of 143.5grams, being fitted with a 4.7inches display whose resolution might not be among the greatest, but still it offers a decent color accuracy, thanks to the 540×960 pixel resolution, with a pixel density of 234ppi. The brightness levels are ok, acceptable, but the sharpness lets down.
The Lumia XL has a minimalistic design, having a more angular shape than the HTC phone, but the casing is also made of glossy plastic. However, the back panel is removable and you have access to the battery. While the Desire 610 has three capacitive buttons, the Nokia XL has only one and the speaker is on the rear. The HTC phone has two speakers, above and below the screen. The dimensions of the Nokia XL are 141.4×77.7×10.9mm and it’s even heavier, weighting 190grams. Its display is bigger, of 5inches (IPS LCD), but with a lower resolution – 480x800pixels and pixel density – 187ppi.
Hardware and OS
The HTC Desire 610 outperforms the Nokia handset in terms of hardware performance, being equipped with a quad core Cortex-A7 clocked at 1.2GHz that sits comfortably on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset along with an Adreno 305 GPU. Its internal memory is 8GB, but the phone supports a microSD card slot for expansion up to 128GB.
The Nokia XL is undoubtedly weaker because it has a Cortex A5 processor with only two cores and a low clock speed of 1GH. The chipset is Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon S4 Play, the GPU is Adreno 203 and the internal memory is 4GB, limiting you to install all kinds of applications. Fortunately, you can add a microSD card to expand the memory up to 32GB, but it’s quite a small capacity.
The Desire 610 has 1GB of RAM and runs on Android v4.4.2 (KitKat) with HTC Sense v5.5 customization, while the Nokia XL has 768MB of RAM and comes with v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) skinned by Nokia X platform 1.0 UI.
Desire 610’s rear camera is 8MP and according to gsmarena, it has features such as autofocus, LED flash, HDR, face detection, simultaneous HD video and image recording and geo tagging. The front camera is 1.3MP and it’s able to record videos at 720p. The Nokia XL has a 5MP back camera with LED flash, autofocus, 1/4” sensor size, face detection and panorama, and the front camera is 2MP.
The Desire 610 comes with a non-removable battery of 2040mAh which promises to deliver up to 16hours of talking time on 3G, while Nokia XL’s user replaceable battery of 2000mAh lasts 3 hours less.
You can purchase both phones from amazon.com at the prices of 300 dollars (Desire 610) and 177 dollars (Nokia XL).