Off late, HTC has been quite aggressive in getting its One and Desire
line-up in India. The latest smartphone to join the league is HTC Desire
VC. This is the first dual-SIM smartphone from HTC that runs on Android
4.0 and supports both GSM and CDMA functionality. In terms of specs,
this device is very similar to the HTC One V but whether or not it
performs at par or better than the One V is something we shall find out
in our review.
The HTC Desire VC is a
good-looking smartphone. At 9.5mm, it is pretty slim and sleek and
lighter too weighing just 119 grams. The outer body seems to be made of
plastic, however it does not look cheap and feels rather sturdy. There
is a rubberised texture on the back panel, which allows for a
Most of the front screen is taken by the 4-inch
touch screen, which is large enough to read emails, browse the net and
even watch videos. The bottom houses three capacitive standard Android
buttons for Back, Home and Recent. The left panel houses the
Micro-USB/charging port while the right has the volume rocker keys.
back panel features a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and the speaker
along with the Beats Audio branding. The top of the device has the
standard 3.5mm headphones jack and the power/wake button while the
bottom has the microphone.
Considering that it is a high-end
dual-SIM smartphone, we were expecting its SIMs to support hot swap but
that is not the case here.
HTC Desire VC packs in 1 GHz Cortex-A5 processor and 512 MB of RAM and there is a 1650 mAh Li-Ion battery on board.
4-inch capacitive touch screen has a 480×800 pixels resolution
translating into pixel density of 233 ppi. Though this is slightly less
than 252ppi of the HTC One V, but the images and text look good on this
smartphone. Viewing angles are also good and so is visibility under the
sun. The screen of HTC Desire VC is reflective.
On the downside,
the glass used is not Gorilla glass so one needs to be a bit careful
with it so as not to accidentally scratch it.
Desire VC packs in a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash. In
terms of functionality, the camera of features touch-to-autofocus and a
handful of scene modes and settings to make photography easy and fun.
These options are available for still photography as well as for video
The camera on this smartphone is fast, even while
focusing. However, the quality of the images is at most decent in
adequate lighting conditions and quite dull while shooting pictures
indoors. There is no front camera on this smartphone for video calling.
Video recording also doesn’t perform exceptionally and the maximum resolution that one can get is 800X480. The quality of videos too was sub-par. There is no dedicated camera button on this smartphone.
Desire VC runs on Ice Cream Sandwich and has a layer of HTC’s own Sense
4.0 UI. As HTC comes with Android 4.0.3, on-board it offers features
such as Task Switcher or the Resizable Widgets, which come in pretty
HTC Sense 4.0 is a nice addition and helps in enhancing
the performance of this smartphone. This new version looks akin to HTC
Sense 3.6 but the newer version is lighter. Another addition in HTC
Sense 4.0 is that it lets you resize widgets.
There are five
customisable home screens to show app shortcuts and widgets. Users can
even view personalised shortcuts on the HTC Lock-screen.
keyboard on this smartphone is responsive and quite comfortable to use
in both portrait and landscape modes. There was enough room to type
accurately even while using the keyboard on portrait mode and the
accuracy too is decent.
In terms of pre-loaded apps, HTC Desire VC
packs in 7digital, car, friend Stream, flashlight, HTC Hub, Polaris
Office, SoundHound, Teeter, TuneIn Radio and Wi-Fi Hotspot.
is a Music app, which acts both as a player and MP3 music store where
one can listen and buy music. The HTC Car app launches automatically
whenever you connect the smartphone to HTC Car Kit and acts like an
Teeter is an interesting puzzle game in which the
objective is to get the ball from the start of a maze to the target
hole. To make it more challenging, there are a few holes in the path
that must be avoided.
Performance/ Battery Life
Desire VC runs on a single core 1GHz cortex A5 Qualcomm processor, with
only 512MB of RAM, which is a bit underwhelming as most of the other
smartphones at this price point such as Sony Xperia U, Motorola Atrix 2
and Sony Xperia P are offering a dual-core processor.
came to actual usage, we find that in the normal day usage, browsing the
Internet through this smartphone is a pleasurable experience and the
size of the screen really helps in that. The pages loaded quite quickly
and scrolling was convenient. However, there can be a few jerks while
trying to multitask on the smartphone.
HTC Desire VC offers ample
storage. There is 4GB of internal memory, which can be extended up to 32
GB through a microSD card. Also, the company has tied up with Dropbox
and is offering 25 GB of cloud space for two years.
Being a dual-SIM smartphone, users can run 3G on the GSM SIM while the CDMA one can support EVDO (Evolution Data Optimised).
help users manage between the two SIMs, HTC has a dual-SIM Manager
settings option that can help users personalise their calling
experience. The call quality on both the CDMA and GSM is decent.
with Beats Audio, users will expect enhanced sound quality from the HTC
Desire VC. The audio output with the bundled headphones is decent but
not so great on the loudspeakers.
What’s more disappointing was
the video playback on the smartphone. The stock video player could not
even playback an MP4 file. Given the screen and the resolution, there
was so much more that HTC could have done with respect to the video
Considering that HTC Desire VC is a
dual-SIM, dual-active smartphone the 1650 mAh battery has a stiff job on
its hands. The battery just about manages to scrape through a full day
with a single charge, which is decent by any standard.
games on this smartphone is a pleasurable experience. There were no lags
in playing common games such as Temple Run Brave and Teeter.
HTC Desire VC is an interesting dual-SIM smartphone as there aren’t too
many smartphones that offer a combination of CDMA and GSM. The dual-SIM
market has so far been dominated by offerings from the so-called
“lesser” manufacturers, so it is good to see a premium dual-SIM
The things that go in favour of this smartphone are its
good looks and that it sports a display. On the performance front
despite having a single-core processor, this smartphone manages to do an ok job. The Android 4.0.3 along with Sense 4.0 is a great combination.
the camera on-board is average and there is no front camera on board.
Even the video playback leaves a lot to be desired.
that they aren’t too many interesting CDMA + GSM smartphone, HTC Desire
VC can be an interesting choice but we do feel that given the specs and
the performance, this smartphone from HTC’s stable is slightly
HTC Desire VC in pictures
Price: Rs. 21,999
- Appealing design and comfortable to hold
- Good display
- Camera performance
Ratings (Out of 5)
- Design: 4
- Display: 3.5
- Performance: 3.5
- Software: 4
- Battery Life: 3.5
- Value for Money: 2.5
- Camera: 2.5
- Overall: 3.5
Category: HTC Desire