HTC Desire U - Beautiful Display And Smart Features

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The HTC Desire U is appropriate for those who prefer stability and durability. The device combines beautiful display, eye-catching interface and many smart features that have been integrated.

The HTC Desire U can be considered a Desire V version that has been upgraded and improved with a few points in the design. Therefore, there are not many differences and this is a product for the mid-range segment with the price at around $200.

The version which we are testing is designed to have just one SIM slot. The device’s specifications are not powerful, using single-core 1 GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, 512 MB RAM, Adreno 200 graphics, 4GB of storage memory (actually used 2.5 GB) with memory card slot support, running on Android 4.0...

The 4-inch Super LCD screen is so bright and clear.

The 4-inch Super LCD screen is so bright and clear.

Compared to the Desire V, this device uses a 4-inch Super LCD screen of 800 x 480 pixels resolution; the pixel density is 233 ppi so detailed; color and contours quite clear when viewed directly. It has 3G connectivity, standard Wi-Fi n, Bluetooth, GPS support... It has a 5 megapixel camera, which is equivalent to 2592 х 1944 pixels, with autofocus and LED flash, and battery with 1650 mAh capacity.


Similarly to the Desire V version, the device has a metal chassis around the glass screen protector. The power button is located on the top, which makes it more convenient to use with one hand. The back of the device is made from scratch-resistant polycarbonate plastic and is stylized with circular patterns around the camera lens. However, the camera is designed to be more compact than on the previous products. Just on the upper edge are the Beats Audio logo and the speakers that are designed rounded.

Similarly to the Desire V version, the device has a metal chassis around the glass screen protector.

Similarly to the Desire V version, the device has a metal chassis around the glass screen protector.

On the inside, the design of the memory and SIM card slot is not pinched by the battery so users can easily replace them without fear of the device being turned off. The power button on the top is a bit shallow, and the key is too small, making pressing and holding buttons to display the restart function somewhat difficult.


The screen is different than that of the Desire V. In the test of brightness adjusted to 100%, the color quality is brilliant but nuanced with a bit yellow. However, when looking at a leaning angle, colors are not changing much, the contrast of the device is quite good, black display quality got about 90%, so when looked at under the sun, strokes and details are still clearly visible. Although at the maximum brightness adjustment, the screen does not burn much when used continuously.


The quality of the photos is quite good, especially the autofocus speed is stable and fast in terms of full daylight condition. When in low-light conditions, the device depends largely on the LED flash, then  image quality is bright and good, but when selected in night mode or macro, the ability to handle, compared to in normal shooting mode, is not so different.

Images are taken with clear contrast color; the edges in the center is pretty clear. However, when taking photos of group activities or scenes with so many details, the device cannot handle everything, which leads to several blurry places. In case of shooting in the light or low-light conditions, the device is slow and its white balance is just as only acceptable.

HTC Desire U’s camera

HTC Desire U’s camera

Other features

It uses Android 4.0 operating system with the dynamic Scene 4.0 interface, which is highly customizable consisting of five individual parts: Scene, Skin, Wallpaper, Lock Screen and Home Screen... but compared with some high-end smartphones from the same manufacturer, its interfaces do not have many to choose from, such as the Skin: there are only two templates to choose from, the Beat sound is still activated when used with headphones.

Some important advantages of third-party apps that are embedded in this HTC device are Flashlight (torch), HTC car (including a variety of applications such as navigation, online music or phone calls with a horizontal keypad interface...). The “Show me” feature allows the user to download detailed video tutorials of the steps for using the device, such as changing the interface, taking a snapshot or editing photos...

Especially, the Wi-Fi hotspot function is very useful when the user can quickly use the phone and the laptop connected to each other and share the 3G data transmission, to surf or access social networks faster. In the actual testing, this feature is stable within a 20 m2 area; the 3G data transfer conditions in strong coverage areas can allow reading newspapers, watching news or checking email, but with entertainment tasks such as watching movies or listening to online music, it is hard to satisfy users. When used continuously, the phone becomes a bit warm but that does not affect much. If the phone lags a bit, and you should wait about 5 seconds in order for it to be able to return to the normal operation.

the Wi-Fi hotspot function is very useful



Due to having low specifications and using a single-processor, the performance is not so high; the tests it still passed , for example, it reached 3,737 points in AnTuTu, achieved 1,795 points in Quadrant and 19.6 frames/s in Nenamark 2. This is a lower figure than that of other products with the same price in the market.

Due to low specifications, its performance is limited, in AnTuTu it only got 3,737 points.

Due to low specifications, its performance is limited, in AnTuTu it only got 3,737 points.

Thus, in terms of actual performance, the performance is quite heavy, especially when opening multiple web pages with embedded flash ads. In addition, the RAM capacity is 512 MB but the real that can be used is only 405 MB as it has to be shared with the graphics, which influences so much in running multiple tasks or opening many programs. However, with applications or websites programmed on mobile platforms, opening them is faster, handling them is better and there is no problem mentioned above. Users should keep in mind that when using the device, they should not install too many applications that can affect the performance of the device, which causes it to run heavily and lag also.

Battery life

Battery life can be considered the advantage of the machine, although using the 4-inch Super LCD display, the battery lasts so long. In an experiment with brightness set at 50% (enough for all needs), FM radio on with headphones, combining social networking access with Wi-Fi connectivity, sometimes switching to using 3G and calling/sending messages about 20 times, the device can last up to about 12 hours until battery depletion. In case you reduce the brightness at 30%, turning off all data connections that are not necessary, you can use it for a long time, up to two days.


Overall, the HTC Desire U is another version of the Desire V with an upgraded screen, which is suitable for users who love stability and durability besides a beautiful screen, eye-catching interface and many built-in smart features.

HTC Desire U is another version of the Desire V with an upgraded screen.

HTC Desire U is another version of the Desire V with an upgraded screen.


·         Nice screen

·         Elegant design

·         Good image quality

·         Effective battery

Elegant design

Elegant design


·         Low specifications

·         The price is inappropriate


·         Another version of the Desire V with an upgraded screen, which is suitable for users who love stability, high durability, long battery life and a beautiful screen from HTC.


·         SIM: dual SIM

·         Dimensions: 118.5x62.3x9.3 mm (4.67x2.45x0.37 inches)

·         Weight: 114 g (4.02 oz)

·         Display type: Super LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

·         Display size: 480x800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)

·         Multi-touch: yes

·         Memory card slot: microSD, up to 32GB

·         Internal memory: 4 GB storage, 512 MB RAM

·         NFC: optional

·         Primary camera: 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

·         Camera features: geo-tagging

·         Video: yes, WVGA

·         Secondary camera: no

·         OS: Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

·         CPU: 1 GHz

·         Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity

·         Battery: Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery


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